Not all silk comes from worms

Mussel Silk


As the name implies, this silk is produced by mussels – yes, the same ones that can be found on seabeds. It is also sometimes called Sea Silk.

I bet you didn’t know that this fabric has been produced since the Ancient Greeks were around – that’s as far back as the 8th century BC!  If you like ‘unusual’, then this is it!  It is difficult to source this kind of silk nowadays due to the effects of pollution on its source. Since its production is rare, it counts as one of the most expensive silks to date. The most common type of mussel, or more accurately mollusc used in the production is the Byssus, and this fabric tends to be called Byssus Cloth.

Spider Silk


Like Mussel silk, you may be surprised to learn that spider silk has long been used by ancient cultures. But unlike other types of silk, this is the most difficult one to produce as spiders cannot just be bred like silkworms. Spiders cannot produce as much yarn as silkworms either.

But though the production of this type of silk may seem difficult, its output is certainly worth the effort. It is regarded as one of the most durable types of silk as it is now being utilised in the production of telescopes, bulletproof vests and wear-resistant clothing!

Janine Rewell | Minna Parikka

Inspirational use of colour and print! Taking her geometric patterns Janine applies them to the bodies of several models and then shot them on similarly patterned fabrics, creating a campaign which is as striking as it is technically impressive with Finnish shoe designer Minna Parikka.

The Contemporary Textiles Fair 2014


Well with my first exhibition of the year done, I have to say that it was a cracker of a show to do. Landmark Arts Centre is a beautiful building with its fantastic features, especially the colourful stained glass windows. There was a wide variety of exhibitors specialising in textiles in way form or another, some through materials and others through process. I look forward to the Contemporary Textiles Fair every year and with the official arrival of spring during the weekend (sunshine galore) I met an abundance of visitors on Saturday and Sunday. I'm becoming a pro, setting up the stand and laying out my work quickly when it comes to exhibiting. I even had a little time for a walk down a sunny Teddington high street before the private view began on Friday. 

The Contemporary Textiles Fair 2014

The Contemporary Textiles Fair 2014
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington, London.

Next Thursday I will off to exhibit at the wonderful Contemporary Textile Fair - London. It's a show that I really look forward to each year as I always meet some lovely enthusiastic members of the public and have some great engaging conversations with fellow practitioners about our work and the wider field of Contemporary Textiles. Mother's Day will soon be upon us (30th March) so pop along to the show and find a bellyful bespoke hand crafted present.

Friday, 7 March 2014


Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014


Over 76 designer makers exhibiting and selling a diverse range of distinctive and colourful textiles – from recycled and reclaimed fabrics re-modelled into fashion accessories to sumptuous handknits and scarves, richly embellished embroidery, vibrant silks, handbags and so much more. Wearable and hangable art from the whimsical to couture.

£4 / £3 seniors and students / LAC members and U16s free

Made with love

/ Made with Love

We're passionate about colour and print. Just in time for Valentines Day we have put together a lovely saving for our customer who have signed up to be in the know! Until Saturday 15th February we are offer an amorous discount off all the work in our current collection. Just pop discount code LOVE14 in at the checkout and 20% will automatically be taken off your total. Ooo.... and remember, there's free UK delivery on orders over £40 also!

Offer ends Saturday 15th February 2014

By Hand: the exhibition - Salford Museum and Art Gallery

By Hand: the exhibition

Sunday 6 October 2013 to Sunday 19 January 2014

Looking for that special Christmas gift or a unique shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of Ordsall Hall? Then this exhibition is for you.

Running alongside the new shop space at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, this temporary exhibition at Ordsall Hall will showcase more of the quality art and craft work made by local and national artists, for sale at affordable prices.

By Hand: the launch

Wednesday 13 November 2013, 5.00pm to 7.30pm
Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WU, 0161 778 0800

This special craft social event is your chance to meet some of the By Hand artists as the new shop space and exhibition are launched. There will be extra stalls on the night for a chance to buy early Christmas presents and the bar and cafe will be open. The craft social reference library will also be available for you to browse and get inspired for your next project.



By hand: the exhibition - exhibiting artists


  • Kerry Thacker (no website)
  • Cheryl Ewing


  • Genevieve Thompson


  • Bea Jareno
  • Charlotte Verity
  • Claire Halsall
  • Cloversoul
  • Ella Robinson
  • Eve Redmond
  • Evi Grigoropoulou (no website)
  • Fumi
  • Jessica Hewitt
  • Kirsty Wernham (no website)
  • Rebecca Gillott (no website)
  • Shelanu
  • Slicksilver


  • John Walsh
  • Lynn Howarth (no website)
  • Lynn Kirkley
  • Matt Davies


  • Rachel Gibson


  • Caroline Daly
  • Jo Wright (no website)
  • Lydia Meiying


  • Amy Daniels
  • Julia Jowett (no website(
  • Mark Haig
  • Stephanie Hopkins


  • Amy Walker
  • Annabel Perrin
  • Chris Jones
  • Craig Fellows
  • Jane White
  • Jill McCarthy (no website)
  • Rosie James

Thread... a festival of textiles - Farnham Maltings


thread… a festival of textiles

sunday 3 november 2013, 10am-4pm

This latest addition to the Maltings’ festival programme follows the success of unravel… a festival of knitting and is a showcase for the many and varied textile notions.

Hear expert talks, attend a range of workshops, see demonstrations by local guilds and be inspired by exhibitions of contemporary textile work. Visitors are also invited to show off their sewing skills by taking part in the Best in Sew competition, sponsored by Mollie Makes Magazine.

workshops are now on sale!

Classes include:

Bias Binding with Lauren Guthrie of Guthrie and Ghani

Shibori with Rhian Solomon of Think:Make:Do 

Masterclass with Alice Kettle

Creepy Crawley Cross Stitch with Genevieve Brading, of trendy needlework brand Floss & Mischief

Click the links on the right to find out more and book your place. Advance booking essential – places are limited on all workshops.

Talks include:

Cloth and Memory with Lesley Millar.

This talk is free however places are limited.

The marketplace will be bustling with artisan fabrics, dressmaking patterns and haberdashery, plus lifestyle products from designers working with weave, print, embroidery and more!

Tickets: £5 in advance*, £7.50 on the door, under 15s free   *£1 booking fee applies, available until 12pm Sat 02 Nov

buy tickets!

If you are interested in becoming a stallholder at Thread please contact Lynsey Nichols on 01252 745405 or at lynsey.nichols@farnhammaltings.com

Image: Namolio; Textile Garden; Laura Adburgham

Thank you for coming to my little corner of the internet to browse through my carefully crafted designs. I take inspiration from naturally occurring colours, shapes, and motifs, sometimes finding inspiration in the most unexpected of places. Many of my current designs have bloomed from investigations into flowers and fauna, an area that just keeps on giving me more and more to get excited about. Head on over to my ABOUT page for some more information on how I work these investigations into hand-drawn designs, and ultimately into the pieces you see here.

Find my colour research palettes and visuals at:

Curating Chroma by Craig Fellows