The Painter – Whitchurch Silk scarf

£115

The Painter, a new Whitchurch Silk scarf in our ‘Herstory’ collection. Rich reds and autumnal hues, this luxurious scarf is truly stunning.

Using our Victorian and early 20th century machinery, our small team of highly skilled Weaver Tacklers use traditional silk weaving skills to create beautiful artisan silk cloth. From winding bobbins, to hand twisting ends of a new warp, each time consuming step of the production process is done with care and attention to detail, to ensure a beautifully crafted end result.

Approx. 43 x 180cm woven. 100% silk. Available in a variety of colourways – please email info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk or call 01256 892065  to discuss availability or colour will be selected at random.

Margaret Painter was quite a famous character in the Mill’s story. She was the longest-serving employee, having worked at the Mill from when she was fourteen, to her retirement sixty-three years later. Marge’s family had a long connection to the Mill, with her sister Vera Stephens working the looms for Mr Hide during the 1920s. Thelma, her daughter, remembers her mother living in the little cottage in Silk Mill Yard, with everyone passing by her door to go into the Mill, including the ducks that used to wait outside to be fed! Margaret used to train and teach other weavers who  remember her skills on the looms, and particularly her working on the winding frame – this was Marge’s domain and she would work out the quantities of bobbins needed for the different products and wind the silk onto the bobbins. Marge also used to help Ted Moss and Mr Hide inspect the silk, and check for any blemishes or errors in the finished woven fabric. A newspaper article written about Marge, she recalls how by just a touch of the silk through her hands she could tell what type of silk it was, and the design.

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