How to commission a hand woven textile
Choosing to commission a hand woven fabric is a sustainable, exciting yet pragmatic option. Commissioning a textile creates a very personal mix of design and fibre choice.
There is a great joy in selecting a perfect blend to suit your needs. This textile will have been very purposely put together. Its story thoughtfully planned; its creation made for longevity not quantity.
Read more on why a hand woven fabric is the fashion choice of the future here.
The textile you own should be loved for a long time, to be handed on to new generations. I choose high quality, natural fibres sourcing them in the UK to create high quality textiles that also respect the planet. It is exciting to consider a range of fibres and designs to suit individual needs. A hand woven textile can be made to order for one. A specific blend, a lighter or heavier fabric, a nubby or smooth and silky feel: you choose the perfect mix knowing this textile will be the best for you.
Already know what you want?
How does a commission work?
Find out about the different stages
- Book a commission
- Start with inspiration
- The design stage
- Obtaining yarns
- Weaving can begin
- Your new textile
Book a Commission
Semi-Custom or Custom
A deposit is paid to secure a commission, client chooses available month (custom only) for their textile to be woven. Booking a commission is either done via a listing on the website or through direct message to Feather & Hay. Semi-customs can be booked via a listing on the website or a client can inquire during the weaving process (Instagram is a good place to see what is on the loom currently).
Start with inspiration
The client chooses their inspiration: it could be a story, a photo, a painting or even a person/place.
The design stage
The client and weaver exchange ideas: colour sketches, IT weave drafts, samples shared until the weaver has enough information to design the client’s fabric. ,
The weaver will need to obtain yarns for the project. Usually 50% of costs are due at this point.
Weaving can begin
Once yarns have arrived weaving can commence in the chosen month. Usually fabrics will be woven within 1 month
Your new textile
When the textile has been woven and taken off the loom it will be hand finished so that it is ready to use as soon as it arrives with the client. .
What is the difference between a semi-custom & a custom commission?
Choose a ‘Custom’ made piece: where the client has control over the design process from the beginning or a ‘Semi-custom’: where the client makes choices once a design is already on the loom.
The client will have input from the beginning so will need to share inspiration photos and consider colours, weave drafts (patterns) etc. wanted.
The Client chooses
- inspiration pictures/colours
higher/lower gsm (density/thickness of the wrap)
- from a selection of weave drafts
- from a selection of warp (vertical) fibres in a range of colours
- from a selection of weft (horizontal) fibres in a range of colours
- the length of your wrap
- the way ends are finished (hemmed, straight fringe, knotted fringe or tassels)
The client will be involved once the warp has been designed and added to the loom. The client can then choose the fibre/colour of the weft yarn.
The Client chooses
- from a selection of weft fibres in a range of colours
- the length of the wrap
- the way the ends are finished
- possibly choose the treadling order if applicable
How much will it cost?
The bespoke nature of hand weaving means it is hard to give a general price guide. A client choosing a complete custom fabric can pick the width, length, fibre content, weave pattern, weight of fabric and more. A deposit for booking a weaving slot is usually £100. Baby wrap width fabric (around 30″) begins at £110 per metre.
What fibres can I choose?
There are many fibre choices. I keep some in stock but usually fibres are obtained during custom work. The choices will depend on availability at the time but take a look HERE to see the types available.
And the patterns?
I currently work on an 8 shaft floor loom. There are more examples of patterns HERE. Combined with the fibres and density chosen the weave can change the over all feel and behaviour of the fabric. Feather & Hay will suggest patterns based on the client’s needs during the design process.
Get in touch
Got an idea? Book a commission or just get in touch to discuss options