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Colne Mill leads the way, weaving quality fabrics with recycled yarn made from plastic bottles.

Here at S Dawes Weaving at Greenhill Mill in Colne, we take our responsibility for environmental impact very seriously. The demand from our customers for low environmental impact fabrics has grown over the last few years and led us to sourcing materials, which are grown with sustainability in mind.

We have developed fabrics which are 90% recycled, woven with yarns made from old clothing and plastics including plastic bottles. The fabrics in every way feel and look the same as non-recycled products, there is no compromise in quality or performance.

Fabrics woven with yarns made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Recycled Cotton is made from old clothing
  • Recycled Polyester is from plastic bottles and other plastic waste
  • Since waste cotton is already pre dyed re dying is not necessary. The environmental benefit due to the saving on water, energy and chemical products is significant
  • Reduced CO2 emissions
  • Solar Energy is part used in production

We hope in 2020 to launch fabrics which are 100% recycled, as every bit helps in the push to save our planet.

We are also working with ‘The Better Cotton Initiative’ which is a worldwide organisation aimed at promoting sustainable farming methods and minimising environmental impact on the growing of cotton.  It also ensures good working conditions and fair wages for workers. We are working with some of our major clients to promote this initiative and move as much production as possible to BCI Cotton.

Where ever possible we will continue to do all we can to help safeguard our environment for future generations

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Jimi Hendrix – Swinging 60s style.

The Bed Throw woven at Greenhill Mill, now in situ in Jimi Hendrix’s former London Flat.

Jimi Hendrix’s flat in London, has recently been restored to its former glory, Jimi lived there between 1968 and 1969, at the height of his career.

We were delighted to be asked to be involved in this exciting project. We have been working with Wallace Sewell, to recreate some of the fabrics that adorned the flat, including the striking bed throw that was the centre piece of the room. We used archive photos and film, to help us to design and weave an excellent replica of the fabric that was used to decorate his home.

The flat on the upper floors of 23 Brook Street was found by Jimi’s girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (who is the cousin of Journalist and News Reader Julia Etchingham,) from an advert in one of the London evening newspapers in June 1968 while he was in New York. He spent some time decorating the flat to his own taste, including purchasing curtains and cushions from the nearby John Lewis department store, as well as ornaments and knickknacks from Portobello Road market.

Over the years the flat was used as office space until it was taken over in 2000 by the Handel House Trust, which is just next door.

From 2006 to 2013 the rooms were opened to the public as part of the Open House Weekend, and in 2010 as part of the exhibition Hendrix in London they were open to visitors for 12 days. In 2014 the Handel House Trust was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to restore the Hendrix Flat permanently, as well as creating a new studio space and improving visitor facilities. The Flat will open to the public on Wednesday 10 February 2016.


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Bed colour 3 from KE FB page



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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.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

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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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.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather


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.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Vogue Catwalk Show

vogue2We recently wove a fabric for a London fashion house which was made up into coats in Eastern Europe. At that time, another London Fashion House was sampling a new coat pattern with the same clothing manufacturer and asked them to use any spare fabric they had. They used our fabric and when the coat arrived back in the UK, they loved the fabric so much that they got in touch with the garment manufacturer to ask where the fabric was from. After our initial contact, we sent them a design featuring some statues, we then wove a Jacquard fabric sample. Once approved, an order was placed and the fabric was made up into a dress, coat and skirt. This was then showcased on the Vogue catwalk 2014.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Upholstery Fabric with style

IMG_00001474We work closely with many High Street Retailers, developing fabrics to sit in their ranges for the forth-coming seasons. We analyse storyboards and create fabrics to complement the ranges. Below is an example of one of those products in 100% cotton. The design has been created by Joanna, presented to our customer and following several selection meetings, this will be available on the High Street in 2015. Here you can see the fabric on the loom being woven, then it made up on a small sofa for next year.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather