All posts by Joan Shepherd

New Wool Throws

We have recently launched several new collections of Jacquard woven lamb’s wool throws, using our specialist Jacquard machinery – including designs woven on our single repeat Throw on bed IMG-20150903-WA0009[1] loom. We are able to incorporate personalised designs such as the one shown which was commissioned as a wedding gift. The possibilities are endless, let our designers create the perfect memento for your special occasion.

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Ice Cotton – so comfortably cool

S Dawes Weaving source new yarn from Switzerland.

The amazing ice cotton yarn from Spoerry 1866 textiles is now being used at Greenhill Mill in Colne. The unique features of fabrics woven with the ice cotton yarn, will be in high demand by some of our clients in the apparel and fashion industries.

Cool yourself down, ecologically – literally, with this fabric you can do!

The beauty of this unique “cooling” material lays in the usage of the advanced technology yarn construction unique to Spoerry 1866. No synthetic fibers are employed – the whole concept relays on the usage of naturally grown and selected cotton and of course to the exclusive, edge of technology yarn producing process unique to Spoerry 1866.

Many garments give more than one function apart from being the latest in fashion. Some warm you, some cool you, some protect you from microwave and others from ultraviolet lights – the list is endless. But all have one thing in common – they are made of synthetic material!

Always in the quest to find the most advanced and best materials in this world the unique Swiss yarn and fabric producer Spoerry 1866 developed a new functional yarn/fabric, which offers not only the best naturally made fabric but also gives a integrated “cool to the touch” effect.

So, if ones like to have the best of both worlds – functionality and ecology – rest your mind on ease with the use of the new “cool” yarn ICE COTTON from Spoerry 1866.

Special features of ICE COTTON

Spoerry ICE COTTON is the functional and ecological yarn for exclusive textile creations with special properties:

  • “cool to the touch” effect
  • free from harmful allergenic chemicals
  • positive contribution to the ecological balance
  • natural silken sheen
  • perfect yarn structure
  • clear weave pattern
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NedGraphics software creates artistic inspiration.

Joanna Brockbank , our Design Manager has taken delivery of a new CAD design system, NedGraphics Texcelle  Jacquard Pro and Jacquard Enterprise. The new software and equipment is the very latest in textile design technology and will allow us to maintain our competitive edge in the marketplace. Our efficiency, design capability and creative flexibly will be greatly enhanced when working to new customer briefs. Continue reading

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Nigel Cabourn Trapper Jacket

Vintage Wool Trapper Jacket, fabric replicated by S Dawes Weaving Ltd

Vintage Wool Trapper Jacket, fabric replicated by S Dawes Weaving Ltd

This dyed 100% wool Trapper fabric is an exact replica of the original 1930s Canadian hunting Trapper jacket. We were asked by  Nigel Cabourn who is a British fashion designer famous for his outerwear and passion for vintage clothing, to replicate this amazing old fabric.  The client was a large high end sportswear retailer in America.  The original jacket was a museum piece and part of Nigel Cabourn’s own large collection. We analysed the fabric for wool yarn count, colour and weight, the design was then photographed and scanned onto our CAD design system, samples were then woven at Greenhill Mill and sent to America for approval. This successful project is just one of several that the team at Dawes have worked on for Nigel Cabourn.

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Kingsman – The Secret Service, (starring Black Watch tartan from S Dawes Weaving!)

Black Watch tartan weaving at Greenhill Mill

Black Watch tartan
weaving at Greenhill Mill

This is our Black Watch tartan currently being woven at Greenhill Mill. This classic tartan is being made up into the Kingsman Waxed Cotton Field Jacket with leather trims which has been exclusively designed for MR PORTER.  The jackets, soon to be seen in the much anticipated new film ‘ Kingsman – The Secret Service’,  form part of a luxury bespoke collection created in collaboration with the  film’s director Mr Matthew Vaughn, and Ms Arianne Phillips’  the film’s costume designer.

Kingsman – The Secret Service ,  which is released late January in the UK, stars  Micheal Caine, Colin Firth and Samual L Jackson as well as young actor Taron Egerton.



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SuzaniBettaBlueSuzani is a type of decorative and embroidered tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian counties. Suzani is from the Persian Suzan which means needle.  The art of making such textiles in Iran is called  Suzandozi (needlework).

One of our customers wanted to recreate the look of a Suzani, but in chenille. They wanted to be able to reproduce this fabric commercially whilst retaining  the  handmade/patchwork look. We worked together and created a random very large scale design that repeats over 3m! It is then randomly cut and used to upholster chairs.

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