Whitchurch Silk Mill

On my way to Dorset on holiday a few weeks ago, my friend Sarah and I stopped in at Whitchurch Silk Mill. I’ve been wanting to go there for years, but Hampshire’s an awfully long way to go just to see a museum. I’m so glad we did, this little place is a real gem. It’s a working silk weaving mill, powered by waterwheel, producing fabrics for top interior designers and a lot of costume dramas. I love a good costume drama so enjoyed all their framed film stills with fabric samples a lot, including my beloved Cranford. Reminds me I have the DVDs to watch. Whoa, that just made me realise I’ve missed a whole evening of frocks on the TV tonight. Dammit. And Coast, my latest knit-a-long favourite.

window at Whitchurch Silk Mill


Anyway, back to the silk. I was totally charmed by this
window covered in striped silk scraps.


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And the silk ready for winding onto bobbins.

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The rolls of striped silk.

The display of traditional smocks.

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The hand looms to play with.

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And even the smocked vegetables. Yes, cabbages, marrows, onions and mushrooms made using smocked fabric. Truly remarkable!

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