This Week in our Studio

All sorts of stuff going on here - this past month really shows how varied our work is....we use a variety of materials and make different products with these. Raffia can be used in cushion covers, carpets and curtains and mohair the same. The products both look so different but the handwoven element is strong and unmistakable. #raffia #mohair #carpet #curtains #cushioncovers

A Trip to Lesotho

Lesotho is a stunning destination and although I have only ever visited briefly, a more thorough trip is on the cards. It is a land of mountains, breath taking landscape (it makes Swaziland look so pedestrian), waterfalls and extreme cold. We use some of the Lesotho clip in our handspun mohair and it is always fascinating to see the goats in their natural habitat, being cared for by herdsmen. On the highest mountain top, in the coldest wind, on the mistiest day you will see a herdsman, accompanied by a dog, in his gum boots and Basotho blanket energetically scaling the heights. Really is a sight to behold and appreciate. There are some fantastic places to stay, it is a safe and easy self-

Boshimela - the Original Swazi Farmhouse

Our mohair curtaining was the inaugural product of the weaving studio (which is about to turn 70 years old, next year). Coral wanted a classic, simple fabric to use to curtain her long passageway in her newly built thatch farm-style house, Boshimela. She though plain, undyed "Chalk" mohair curtains would be perfect - they're warm, slightly Scandinavian looking, they let through just enough light and air, but provide a good filter. Simple, unadulterated, authentic, but with a touch of luxury and sophistication. After all, handspun mohair is imbued with something special, its uniqueness is clear to see. I remember the old passageway at Boshimela, it was lined with the oars that had been us

This week in our studio

Our varied work often presents challenges, like weaving cushions for outdoor areas where fabric needs to hold up to the sun (the harsh African sun). We usually use a soft polycotton which will fade quickly if constantly in the sun, so we looked around for a more robust fabric and found something made in Cape Town that we ordered, stripped, woven and used. We combined it with some twine and cream cotton and it has a rough, frayed look which I like. We have just completed a large order of very plain cream cotton ribbed and flatpile carpets for a chateau in France and are working on some very busy, colourful, looped and textured curtaining for a private members club in Mayfair, London. Ours is