Traditional Passementerie is changing to Clare Hedges

Traditional, 17th July 2016

As of 17th July 2016 I began to trade as Clare Hedges instead of Traditional Passementerie.  This reflects a clear…

As of 17th July 2016 I began to trade as Clare Hedges instead of Traditional Passementerie.  This reflects a clear shift in my work over the past couple of years.  As well as creating, or recreating, very traditional work for such customers as The National Trust, I have worked in couture, modern lighting and a collaboration with a milliner/textile artist.  I am very excited by this change of emphasis, and whilst I continue to use traditional methods, I continue to expand my horizons to meet my customers’ expectations.

2 Comments

Elizabeth tritthart

Your loom is magnificent. Is there documentation on looms like yours? How old is your loom?

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Clare

I’m afraid I don’t know how old it is – I inherited from my father. It is basically a 6 shaft floor loom with some modifications! As I weave narrow pieces I don’t use a beam at the front to wind on, as it wouldn’t be possible to wind it evenly. Instead I have a system where what I have woven goes down under the loom and round up over the top before being weighted and, eventually, falling on the floor behind me. It means you have to reposition the weight every metre or so of weaving. The other major difference is that I usually use 2 warps and can use up to 10 at any one time. That would usually mean some have only a couple of threads, say thicker cords, but they still have to be “managed”. Again I don’t use beams, rather each warp is on a reel with it’s own brake band system for tension.