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Got my frabjus fabric laundered on Saturday, all on its lonesome, and hung over the shower to dry. Samantha, who gifted it to me, said it softens afterward, and she was right.
Taking another hint from her, I overlocked the raw edges beforehand, and that worked a treat. Everything held together nicely with a normal 3mm stitch.
Samantha also send 2 photos of the tag that came with the fabric. A tag?!
Saturday night I decided to see if there was anything about the company on-line. Here’s what I found ~
First, from Grace’s Guide, the “leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain.” Do click over and you’ll also see 2 adverts, one (1931) touting the Herculean strength of Hoyle’s sheets and pillowcases.
- “of Bridgewater Mill, Bridgewater Street / Hart Street, Blackburn, Lancs.”
- “Built by Thomas Hart (1861-2) cotton spinner. The last mill to be built for the sole purpose of spinning. In 1877 taken over by D. and W. Taylor, becoming John Taylor (Blackburn) Ltd (1893-1939) branch of Joshua Hoyle and Sons (Burnley) Ltd who was the last proprietor when the mill closed in 1959. Demolished in 1962-3. Had 35,208 ring spindles.”
- “The former warehouse of Joshua Hoyle and Sons stood derelict for many years until it was converted and extended and opened as the Malmaison Hotel in 1998”
- Photos of the former warehouse transformed into the Malmaison Hotel here.
- Wikipedia mentions the family business here.
All in all, this ickly bit of fabric that’s crossed the Atlantic decades after being woven is already quite interesting, and it hasn’t been sewn or worn yet.
*Pulled your leg a bit? It’s Monday, and we all wish it wasn’t!
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(keep trying to make these red, but they just won’t go… pretend, pretty please)