Papilonaceous Jacquard silk weaving, 2016

September 2016

Captain Ross Poldark is back on our screens in Season 2 and we are pleased to see he has kept hold of his best woven in the West Country silk braces from Season 1.

Captain Poldark, end of episode 2 wearing braces made from Papilionaceous silk ribbon woven in Devon

Captain Poldark after returning from the Bodmin assizes. Season 2 Episode 2. BBC/Mammoth Film

More of our work for the screen can be seen in the Film & TV section.

July 2016

A busy month of production with many braces designs back in stock:

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Braces back in stock

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2181 Martini (ruby)

seasonsbraces

2211 Seasons

lamourbraces

2202 L’amour est aveugle (Love is Blind)

 

June 2016

Complexity 2016: The International Biennial Exhibition of the Complex Weavers organization is on now at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Saint Charles, Illinois

omplexity 2016 at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Saint Charles, Illinois

Complexity 2016 at the Kavanagh Gallery, Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Saint Charles, Illinois [photo: Cathryn Amidei]

Interludes III by Robert Ely was selected to appear in this international juried exhibition.

Interludes III jacquard woven silk triptych by Robert Ely on display at Complexity 2016

Interludes III jacquard woven silk triptych by Robert Ely on display at Complexity 2016 [photo: Cathryn Amidei]

Compexity 2016

April 2016

Commemorating St George’s Day  and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this month and with our silk bookmarks.

The ‘Henry V’ design is double sided and features a portrait of Shakespeare with Henry’s ‘Once more unto the Breach…’ speech from Act 3, scene 1:

March 2016

‘Into the Woods’ by Robert Ely is on display at Harbour House Centre for Arts and Yoga Kingsbridge, South Devon 19 March – 13 April 2016.
More silk panels by Robert Ely can be seen on the Woven Silk Panels page.

‘Into the Woods’ Woven silk diptych by Robert Ely, 2 x 232 x 620mm including frames. Edition of 16

‘Into the Woods’
Woven silk diptych by Robert Ely, 2 x 232 x 620mm including frames. Edition of 16

Harbour House Centre for Arts and Yoga Vegetarian Café Kingsbridge, south Devon

Trees exhibition, Harbour House Centre

February 2016

Papilionaceous at the movies this month:

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Ribbon spotting in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Photo: Jay Maidment

Pride and Prejudice and Papilionaceous

Pale green Papilionaceous ribbon worn by Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse) in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Photo: Jay Maidment

January 2016

Happy New Year & welcome to our 20th anniversary year: 1996-2016

twenty years weaving silk ribbon in England

Papilionaceous 20th Anniversary

Strictly 2016

Dancing into 2016

Papilonaceous Jacquard silk weaving, 2015

December 2015

Some of our favourite things this month:

sugar plum fairy silk ribbon

Papilionaceous silk ribbon Sugar Plum Fairy

blue satin sashes

Blue silk satin sash ribbon

snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes

Snow white silk ribbon

November 2015

antique braces‘The F-word: the changing language of fashion’

at the National Trust’s Killerton House, Exeter

Spotted a pair of beautiful needlepoint braces in this exhibition exploring how revolutionary innovations in fabric, cut and fastenings have changed the shape of fashion for ever.

This month we have exchanged our usual black silk warp on two of the tapes for a ‘natural’ coloured one in order to weave these exquisite trims used by costume designers working on period dramas for both television and film:

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October 2015

Just back from The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Many thanks to everyone that stopped by and if you have any further questions or comments please do get in touch through the ‘Contact Us’ link top right above.

Papilionaceous at Alexandra Palace

Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace

Two recently completed works made their first appearance at Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace:

Into the woods To get the thing That makes it worth The journeying.

‘Into the Woods’ Woven silk triptych by Robert Ely, 2 x 232 x 620mm including frames. Edition of 16

Into the Sea, you and me

‘Into the Sea’ Woven silk panel by Robert Ely, Size including frame: 235 x 325 mm, Edition of 16

September 2015

Albert Thurston Tulip silk braces have just arrived:

Albert Thurston Limited Edition silk braces - tulips

Limited Edition Tulip braces

Available now on: amazon.co.uk & amazon.com

two pairs of Limited Edition silk braces

Tulip braces available in dusky pink and lichen green

September sees the countdown to the Knitting and Stitching Show, 7th to 11th October in The Great Hall at the stunning Alexandra Palace.

Now in our twentieth year we continue to weave jacquard silk ribbons entirely on site in Dartmouth, Devon.

On show this year are fine-art silk panels by Robert Ely alongside silk ribbons, limited edition braces and jacquard woven bookmarks.

We shall be in our usual spot (TGA10 at the Palm Court end of the Textile Gallery) and hope to see you there.

Papilionaceous ribbons and Albert Thurston braces

Papilionaceous at the Knitting and Stitching show 2014

 

August 2015

This month, Papilionaceous shut up shop for a Summer break. Our travels in Europe took in an excellent Museum of Local History in Windischeschenbach, Germany where we discovered a recreation of a tailor’s workshop:

Excellent museum of local history in Windischeschenbach.

 

The collection also included some 19th century costumes such as this Gentleman’s evening coat:

Buttons in Windischeschenbach.

Papilionaceous are proud to be carrying on the tradition of woven silk buttons over 100 years later: Black basket weave buttons

July 2015

The 144th Open is underway at St Andrews and Pachacuti has again collaborated with Glenmorangie to produce beautiful Panama hats for the VIPs. The silk ribbons are custom woven by Papilionaceous in Devon.

Glenmorangie Panama, Pachacuti/Papilionaceous

Papilionaceous hat bands on Pachacuti Panamas for Glenmorangie at The Open

Made in England

Papilionaceous woven silk bookmarks. Made in England

Papilionaceous woven silk bookmarks. Made in England

June 2015

Robert Ely: Works in Silk, is now on until the 28th June at the Flavel Arts Centre in Dartmouth

Flavel Dartmouth silk exhibition

Robert Ely: ‘Works in Silk’ exhibition at The Flavel Arts Centre

Flavel Arts Centre poster

Robert Ely: Works in Silk

silk works by Robert Ely

Exhibition at the Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth

May 2015

Albert Thurston instant buttons for braces

Albert Thurston clip on braces buttons

Just arrived: clip on buttons for braces.
Why? If the trousers you want to wear don’t yet have buttons on, and the braces you want to wear have proper traditional button ends then these ‘instant’ buttons solve the problem!
Albert Thurston Clip-on brace buttons available now on amazon.co.uk

Chelsea Flower Show (in Chelsea Blue)

Blue Roses bookmark silk

Blue Roses bookmark silk

The Albert Thurston Limited Edition Gallery now stands at 55 pairs.

55 pairs of Albert Thurston Ltd Edition braces.

55 pairs of Albert Thurston Ltd Edition braces.

May the fourth…

PURPLE OBI

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April 2015

New Silk Braces

Brand new Albert Thurston Limited Edition just in: ‘mole in one‘ from the original by Simon Drew.

Original 'mole in one' drawing by Simon Drew, woven brace silk by Papilionaceous.

Original ‘mole in one’ drawing by Simon Drew, woven brace silk by Papilionaceous.

The first five pairs of 'mole in one' Albert Thurston silk braces.

The first five pairs of ‘mole in one’ Albert Thurston silk braces.

Papilionaceous in Poldark

We were delighted to spot some of our ribbons in the current BBC Production of ‘Poldark’.

Ross Poldark wearing Papilionaceous silk ribbon braces.

Ross Poldark wearing Papilionaceous silk ribbon braces. Photo: Mammoth Screen – Mike Hogan

Elizabeth Poldark (Heida Reed) bonnet trimmed with Papilionaceous ribbon.

Elizabeth Poldark (Heida Reed) bonnet trimmed with Papilionaceous ribbon. Photo: Nick Kenyon

Elizabeth's silk hat ribbon from Poldark.

Elizabeth’s Papilionaceous silk hat ribbon from Poldark.

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Elizabeth Poldark stunning ‘do’ featuring more Papilionaceous ribbon. Photo Laura Viana da Silva.

Ribbons have previously been used in period dramas including the BBC’s Great Expectations and Little Dorrit. They have also featured on the big screen in The Young Victoria and Pride and Prejudice. See the ‘Film and TV’ section for some more bonnet spotting.

New stock of Albert Thurston Limited Edition Silk Braces has just arrived and is available now on amazon.co.uk & amazon.com

Albert Thurston silk braces

Albert Thurston silk braces

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2434 Shoes Albert Thurston silk braces

2434 Shoes
Albert Thurston silk braces

March 2015

Six more pairs of braces added to the Albert Thurston brace collectors archive today.

All of these designs were produced by Papilionaceous at our original site on Highbury Grove, London.

Six pairs of braces from the Albert Thurston collectors' archive

Six pairs of braces from the Albert Thurston collectors’ archive

February 2015

 

Love is in the air…

A silk bookmark is the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, it can even be sent anonymously direct to your loved one. The only question is which one to choose. Our range of jacquard woven designs includes traditional florals as well as some more racy designs. To see the full range, click here

B1011

B1011

B1121

B1121

B1041

B1041

B1051

B1051

B1251

B1251

B1211

B1211

B1331

B1331

WOLF HALL
The perfect bookmarks to accompany Hilary Mantel’s best selling novels ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the inspiration for the current BBC drama ‘Wolf Hall’.

B1291 double sided design

B1291 double sided design

B1292 double sided design

B1292 double sided design

These two silk bookmarks are after Holbein’s portraits of King Henry VIII and his wives. B1291 features Henry VIII alongside his first three wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour.

Available from: amazon.co.uk

B1292 features Henry VIII alongside his last three wives: Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.

Available from: amazon.co.uk

January 2015

Details of our jacquard woven wall pieces can be found in the ‘Silk Panels‘ section of the site.

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‘Interludes III’
Woven silk triptych by Robert Ely, 3 x 235 x 627mm including frames

New braces for the New Year!
New stock of Albert Thurston Limited Edition Silk Braces now in.

new braces stock

New stock of limited edition silk braces

Designs by Simon Drew, Monika Slivkova and Robert Ely, silk facings woven by Papilionaceous in Dartmouth, Devon and available on Amazon now:

Albert Thurston Ltd Editions on amazon.co.uk

Albert Thurston Ltd Editions on amazon.com

 

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