Three contemporary artists – JANE CATTLIN, FRAN WHITE & JULIET ROBERTSON
Invite you to enter their world of colour and imagination
The JFJ Exhibition at Jointure Studios
11 South Street, Ditchling, Sussex BN6 8UQ
Open 11-5 Saturdays and Sundays in May
As part of
We have just finished beautifying our Giraffe for the Horsham Giraffe Trail, which is being held on Saturday 26 October
The 51 Horsham Giraffes will be auctioned for charity in November.
Alyson from our designated charity, Parkinsons came to meet her this week.
NEW! Hand tied woollen rugs made to order in our Swedish Stripe design in Sunblush, Seagrass and Grey. Contact us for details.
We have a wide selection of hand finished wooden and wrought iron curtain poles available click here to see sizes and finishes.
Fran has 3 new paintings on the Emily Ball at Seawhites COURSE GALLERY
VIDEO: Fran weaves a fascinating story in Horsham
The West Sussex County Times made this video at THE WOVEN INSPIRATION exhibition at Horsham Museum
The exhibition of archive clothing, artwork and rugs continues in the costume gallery
at Horsham Museum until 22nd May
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Horsham, West Sussex
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Fran White will be at Horsham Museum
26th & 27th April
3rd /4th & 10th/11th May
To discuss the WOVEN INSPIRATION EXHIBITION
An exhibition at Horsham Museum called WOVEN INSPIRATION sees Fran use her archive to explore the creative processes that led to all of the Linen Designs we sell. Her textile inspiration is exhibited in their CRAFT GALLERY. You will find a room full of archive clothing, paintings on linen and hand knotted linen rugs on display in their COSTUME GALLERY. http://www.horshammuseum.org
ALL ABOUT HORSHAM [AAH] magazine wrote an article about Fran and The Linen Shop.
click here to read it.
Thank you to everyone who voted for our Christmas window display. Trudi collected the certificate from South Lodge Hotel at the award ceremony on Tuesday 15th January.
Previous to opening in the Carfax
The Linen Shop's Lakeside Gallery took part in the Horsham Artist's Open Studios weekends. Local artists opened their studios and work spaces to the public.
The Linen Shop exhibited at The Spirit of Summer Fair May 2012
Our friend LAURA THOMAS, Woven Textile Artist & Designer, wrote a very nice blog about The Linen Shop
Fran gave a talk to the Horsham Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild - showing the production of linen from flax processing to hand and industrial weaving.
The Linen Shop exhibited at The Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.
Curtaining, Blinds and Soft Furnishings
At the Linen Shop we specialise in made to measure curtains and blinds in our fabrics. Please ask us for a free quote. We can provide a measuring service and recommend appropriate linen fabric for you, depending on your location. Contact us for more details.
Click on the below headings to view some images of our previous work.
Curtains / Blinds / Soft Furnishings
Visit the Online Store for our range of beautiful designer linens and order up to 5 free swatches. Please contact us if you would like to borrow larger returnable sample
The Linen Shop exhibited at the Spirit of Summer fair at Olympia 11-14 May. The fair visitors were very enthusiastic about our stand which displayed linen curtains & blinds as well as cushions, lampshades, clothing & aprons. The Roman blind is in Hamada Stripe zinc with a silver painted wooden pelmet. The curtains from the left are in Hamada Stripe Granite with eyelet heading, Swedish Sateen willow with floppy top heading, Hamada stripe soft rust with pencil pleat heading, Swedish Sateen iris with triple pinch pleat heading, Swedish Stripe cream with inverted box pleat heading, Swedish Sateen honey & Swedish Stripe sky both with pencil pleat heading and eyelet curtains in Stone Sateen oyster with Stone Sateen denim at the base.
The Linen Shop joined the warp + weft: from handloom to production Exhibition at SMITHS ROW, The Market Cross, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1BT. 01284 762081.
The Shop within the show DESIGNER CRAFTS @ MALL January 2011
The Linen Shop exhibited at The warp+weft: from hand loom to production Exhibition at The National Wool Museum, Wales SA44 5UP. http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/wool/
ART & TEXTILES EVENT held September 2010, with special guest textile artists. Please click here for more information
Thank you to everyone who visited our stall at the Selvedge Summer Fair on Saturday 26th June 2010. www.selvedge.org.
Looking for interior design ideas using our range of linens? For inspiration, we've come up with a few moodboards that could get you started. Click here to view them.
Contemporary Textiles Fair, 13 - 14 March 2010
During the demonstration at our special birthday event in September we block printed onto tea towels made from our 'Landscapes - Clay' fabric. This is a particularly good linen to print and dye with.
10th Birthday Celebrations
On the 10, 11 and 12 September we held a special event at our West Sussex shop to celebrate 10 years of trading. Thank you to everyone who made it. Our weaving, spinning and printing demonstrations were very successful, and particularly interesting was the spinning, demonstrated by Diane Wood. Diane spins her own linen yarn which she then weaves. Visit her website by clicking here.
Linen is made by spinning flax. Fibre is extracted from the stems of the flax plant and undergoes several processes (see right hand image above) before becoming a 'strick'. It is very soft and shiny, and looks like long blond hair. The fibres are separated, layered and rolled onto a distaff, an attachment to the spinning wheel. This process is known as 'dressing' the distaff. Ribbon is used to hold the fibres in place to stop them tangling, while the fibres are twisted away by the pulling motion of the spinning wheel.
Early Woven Samples from Fran's Archive
Fran handwove these samples when she studied at Surrey Institite of Art and Design.
Handwoven 100% Linen Scarf
Laura hand wove this lightweight striped scarf with shades of warm yellow, blue grey and dusty pink. After weaving it went through a finishing process to soften it up and smooth it down.
Fran weaving a scarf on her loom.
Finishing a hand woven scarf. While wet the scarf is rolled with a wooden rolling pin on a wooden board .
This flattens and softens the fibres and also gives the linen it's lustre.
Images from Fran's Sketchbook
One source of inspiration for Fran's woven designs came from washed up pebbles.
Images from Fran's Print Portfolio
Fran's portfolio shows a variety of printing techniques, including hand block printing and silk screening.