Sunny Bank Mills Archive

I have been researching the Archive at Sunny Bank Mill since November and I never tire of exploring this amazing place. Now I have started focusing on the pieces I want to create for Weave // Fragments, I have more specific research in mind.

Detail of Loom
Detail of Loom

The detail of this loom is really fascinating, I love the strands of warp threads knotted together. My piece will explore the idea of threads and warp.

Detail of Pirn
Detail of Pirn

I have been collecting pirns from Scrap recently, they have some amazing colours of wool which I use for my hand embroidered details. I have also used the wool with my Pfaff Creative 3.0 which was a bit tricky!

Detail of Carbon Copies
Detail of Carbon Copies

Rachel, the archivist at the Mill is so friendly and knowledgeable about the collection. There is so much to explore and she is always sharing her new finds with me like this book containing carbon copies of letters about the mill.

The layers of text on the transparent waxed paper are incredible, this image doesn’t really do it justice! I love the way the words weave together.

Detail of Cloth Samples
Detail of Cloth Samples

The shelves of the archive are full of samples of the different wool fabrics woven by the mill, some of the are marked with a red thread which is recurrent theme in my practice, inspired by the red string of fate.

Detail of Chain Stitch Numbers
Detail of Chain Stitch Numbers

Here the red thread is interspersed with white chain stitch, used to mark the fabrics with pattern numbers, I love this detail.

Detail of Un-dyed Cloth
Detail of Un-dyed Cloth

Some of the cloth manufactured was natural in colour. This was cheaper to produce as the individual wool didn’t need to be dyed before the cloth was woven. The folds in this stack of fabric were really beautiful.

 

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