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Whitchurch Silk Mill Podcast

Whitchurch Silk Mill Podcast follows the fascinating journey from thread to woven cloth at the Mill, focusing on the weaving process, our efforts to preserve traditional silk weaving skills on looms dating back to the 1890s, and our design process.

Every episode will include chats with the Mill’s own weaver/tacklers and interviews from experts on the wider topics of weaving and silk, sustainable textiles and how silk made at the Mill is used.

Episodes will be released monthly here, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and all your usual podcast apps, as well as with episode one premiering on 14th Feb, 2022.

Introducing… Ellie Fisher from Elka Textiles

Ellie, a weaver, and Claudia Fisher in aprons

Ellie was kind enough to join us as an interviewee for two episodes of our podcast, where she discusses sustainable textiles and teaching loom weaving. Ellie produces bespoke hand woven textiles for fashion and furnishing, inspired by her childhood living abroad and travelling and the colours and patterns of Middle and Far Eastern markets.

She completed both her BA in Textile Design, specialising in woven textiles, and MA in Design for Textile Futures at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, graduating in 2006. After graduating, she moved back to Winchester where she set up her weaving business and is now working alongside her mum, Claudia, who produces naturally dyed yarns. Ellie’s interview’s feature in Episodes 3 and 4 of the Whitchurch Silk Mill Podcast.


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