Linen for curtains & blinds

In the latest in our occasional series of posts about cloth the focus is on linen. Starting with the basics; linen is a fibre which is obtained by processing the 'Linum' or 'Flax' plant. 'Flax' has a pretty blue flower and is grown for both the fibre and the seed all...

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Ticking Fabrics

Ticking fabric was traditionally a very densely woven cotton herringbone or twill weave cloth used for making mattress & pillow cases. The derivation of the word ‘Ticking’, material used to cover pillows and mattresses, is from the Greek theke, “receptacle”....

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A Lot of Bottle – Winchcombe Pottery

The Bottle Kiln at Winchcombe, last fired in 1954, awaiting restoration. There has been a working pottery on the site at Winchcombe, Gloucestershire since the late 1700's - barring closure during the 1st & 2nd World Wars. Emblematic of country potteries of the...

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The Book of Pebbles

Who hasn't picked a pebble up whilst strolling the coast of Britain? They look especially inviting lying covered in the shallow water of a rock pool, the wetness showing colour that pales when the salty surface dries. There is something about walking along a beach...

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Patrishow Church

At the Eastern fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, on the edge of the Black Mountains, where wild untrammelled landscapes becomes fields and winding lanes, the tiny hillside church of Patrishow or Patricio looks out over panoramic views. About five miles from...

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Malvern Hills and British Camp

Here on the cropped grass of the narrow ridge I stand, A fathom of earth, alive in air, Aloof as an admiral on the old rocks England below me WH Auden 1936 Spread along the horizon to the north-east of Ledbury, stretches the bumpy spine of the Malvern Hills: a...

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St Michael and All Angels Parish Church Ledbury

If you are making a visit to Ledbury, it is hard to miss its parish church. Its spire can be seen from many miles around but disappears when you find yourself on the town’s High Street. Follow the picturesque cobbled lane that leads away from the distinctive black and...

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In Praise of Cork

Cork, a beautiful material which has fallen from favour in recent years following over-exposure in the 1970’s, has a fascinating history and stunning properties. In a world that must manage resources more and more carefully, re-considering the use of cork is a great...

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Kilpeck Church

The beautiful little church of St Mary and St David at Kilpeck is one of the glories of Herefordshire. Head west from Ledbury towards Wales, between the Dye and Dore valleys, to the tiny hamlet of Kilpeck (pop 211) and there you will find an architectural gem; a...

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