If you browse my project photos in my galleries, or on facebook, you may notice certain fabrics turning up regularly. There’s silk, and there’s wool in pretty shades, and then there’s Linton. Oh Linton; its just so lovely.
I should explain – Linton make the most sparkley, colourful, fun tweed imagineable. And guess what folks? They’re a British success story! Based in Carlilse, Coco Chanel loved their tweeds, and indeed that iconic Chanel jacket is Linton tweed. Now here we are in the 21st century and they’re still going strong, and just as gorgeous as they ever were.
This is Linton tweed (photo courtesy of Jigsaw), as is the background picture on my website.
See? Pretty. They get that lovliness by an eclectic approach to weaving: A Linton tweed could include up to 8 different yarns in up to 20 different colours. It might use cashmere, silk, chenille, cotton, Lurex, Cellophane (!), or any combination of these. If you want a couture tweed you can play around with up to 300 yarns to get the effect you want.
Well, it turns out that Coco and I are not the only one with a love of Linton. Jigsaw’s Autumn-Winter collection includes a little Linton suit. Now why would I tell you this? Well, as part of the process of producing the collection the Jigsaw team visited Linton in Carlisle. They’ve blogged about mill and archive, and it makes interesting reading. Check it out here.
One of my favourite bits is watching the looms at work in this video:
But I’m also very jealous as I’d LOVE to get to look through the archives of fabrics!
Here are a couple of jackets I made with Linton last year (oh, I’m so ahead of the curve!). I hope there will be many more garments in the future. Afterall, I have a piece of Linton in marvellous golds, browns, and purples waiting to be turned into a lovely garment – this has reminded me to get on and sew!