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Whitchurch Silk Mill 1

By pamelajean
This is the oldest working silk mill in the UK (built 1814) still weaving in its original building.
Itís a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery and looms.
This is silk weaving the traditional way.

Warping and Winding:
This is where silk production begins at the Mill. Silk hanks, slips or skeins (loose yarn) arrive pre-dyed if required. The water wheel powered warping machines are used to produce the warp thread (the lengthways yarns) which is then taken downstairs on a beam to the weaving shed.
A typical production run on this floor will take 12 weeks, thatís 90% of the millís overall production process from the arrival of the silk to the finished woven fabric.


Tags: General Historic Weave Hampshire Georgian Looms Water Powered

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Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
29 Mar 2017 2:22PM
How interesting and what lovely colours they have produced.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
29 Mar 2017 2:25PM
What a fascinating place to visit and you have captured the essence of this stage of the production so well.
29 Mar 2017 2:36PM
Very colourful Pamela, it's an excellent composition,
29 Mar 2017 2:45PM
Very interesting intro and splendid colourful image, Pamela.SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2395 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 2:47PM
I didn't know about this place, I'm off to do some serious Googling!
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
29 Mar 2017 2:57PM
Well documented, Pamela.
Good work.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 3:29PM
Excellent colourful image Pamela... Fascinating...
Isabel GrinGrin
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 4:18PM
Featured on BBC South last year Pamela. Great looking composition and interesting narrative here.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
29 Mar 2017 4:22PM
Cracking shot nice detailed , highly coloured image

29 Mar 2017 5:25PM
Good narrative & superb image of the old machinery with the colourful silk threads
29 Mar 2017 5:56PM
An excellent and most interesting capture and narrative, Pamela.

capto Plus
8 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 5:59PM
Fascinating, must put it on my list.Smile

saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
29 Mar 2017 6:32PM
The silk worms must have worked loads of overtime to produce that much silk!Wink

JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 8:14PM
A lovely colourful shot and really interesting info.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
29 Mar 2017 9:08PM
marvelous colors!
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 9:19PM
Interesting image, Pamela.

Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2017 10:44PM
superb! just trying to decide which colour I would like
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
30 Mar 2017 3:48PM
Sounds - and looks - an interesting place to visit, Pamela Smile Interesting write-up too Smile
Trev Smile
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2017 8:51PM
Excellent capture - great colours SmileSmile
31 Mar 2017 11:24AM
A luxurious image to match the fine silk threads.

StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
4 Apr 2017 7:17AM
Something different, and very colorful.

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