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.
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 customers are so talented. This throw was made using a remnant and 3 packs of our
patchwork bundles ( the red striped fabric was her own )
Another customer made this lovely full size bed cover.
Here are some embroideries by one of our customers,using our Landscapes Clay fabric as the background.
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.
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
Gift Ideas from The Linen Shop
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.
Cheerful and easy to make, these rosette style yoyos can be used to make garlands, quilts and accessories or to decorate scarves and cushions. Laura made a yo yo garland and then wrapped it around a cushion to give it a crafty touch.
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
Motif Tea Towels
Trudi appliqued these tea-towels with a cheerful motif. The base of the tea-towel was made using plain linen. She used a dense zig-zag stitch to edge the motif with the sewing machine.
These linen decorations are very sweet - an alternative to baubles and tinsel.
Laura made this patchwork style parcel cushion by folding squares of fabric, held in place with linen covered buttons.
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.
Linen Covered Notebook
Another make-yourself idea - a notebook cover made from bits and pieces from a Bag of Linen Bits, available to buy online. This was handmade by a Linen Shop customer who kindly showed us what she'd made from our linen. The pieces she'd used had scalloped edges, which sewn together look like a hilly landscape!
Bathroom Rag Rugs
Linen is very absorbent and dries quickly, so making a rag rug out of our fabric is ideal for a bathroom mat. You can buy balls of stripped linen in our shop for £4.20 each. Knit with thick needles to quickly create a homemade rag rug. 5 balls makes one mat measuring roughly 16cm x 28cm.
Choose a little friend from our range of Jack Rabbits, Ballerina Mice and Karate Kittens. Available to buy in various colours from the Online Shop. Handmade in the shop by Trudi.
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.
Colourful Linen Belt
Trudi's belt was made using various linens from our collection. It is based on a design she found in her 'Golden Hands' collection of sewing magazines from the 1970s.
Embellished Linen Skirt
Fran has decorated her linen skirt using her new 'embellishing' machine. It works by punching needles through layers of fabric and forcing the displaced fibres to join together. The fibres create a matted texture underneath the fabric, leaving the decorative surface layers to stay put without any stitch marks or glue.
Coastlines Range of Summer Tote Bags
We've created a range of tote bags perfect for sunny times from our 'Coastlines' fabric collection. Durable enough for carrying heavy books or use as an alternative to plastic shopping bags. Now available to buy online.
This scarf uses a technique known as hairpin crochet. It uses 4 balls of striped linen. Made by Trudi.
Decorate Anything with Buttons
Bring new life to an old cushion, accessorize a pair of jeans or customise a bag. All our buttons are handmade in the shop using stainless steel forms. Packs of Assorted Buttons are available online, or visit us for a wide range of individual buttons, ranging from £1.25 to £2.35 each.
Easy Patchwork Scarf
Laura made this easy to sew patchwork scarf using a Bundle of Patchwork Pieces. It's a simple and personalised way of making a beautiful one-off scarf from our fabrics.
Images from Fran's Print Portfolio
Fran's portfolio shows a variety of printing techniques, including hand block printing and silk screening.