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building My Jacquard Loom

While traveling to Lyon in July ’16, I was able to copy plans, and trace, a 19th century Jacquard loom. It has long been a dream of mine to make a Jacquard — arguably one of the world’s first mechanised computers — and now, finally, I can construct make a Jacquard loom. Ive already made several specialist  French trimming […]

Vogue Living article – an oldie, but a goodie.

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VOGUE LIVING : Australia 1998 WRITER:JULIE SIMPKIN PHOTO:GEORGIE COLE PRODUCER:JANET JAMES   USING HANDMADE TOOLS AND LUXURIOUS FIBERS, A SYDNEY CRAFTSMAN PAINSTAKINGLY WEAVES A DESIGNER’S PALETTE OF TASSELS AND TRIMMINGS. Beyond a doorway swagged with rope and giant tassels is a timeless world of manual looms and simple, ancient looking tools. A series of wooden […]

Wrapping Julie’s Christmas cookies for Westinghouse

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Julie Goodwin made a batch of Christmas chill mango chutney and some Ginger cookies but I was in Myanmar at the time, so Westinghouse especially flew me from Rangoon to Sydney to teach how to wrap the jars in fabric. www.juliegoodwin.com.au   WESTINGHOUSE and MORRISON POLKINGHORNE Ginger Cookie Wrap from Globetrotting Gourmet on Vimeo. WESTINGHOUSE MORRISON POLKINGHORNE Double jar wrap from Globetrotting […]

Custom cushion fringe – Bullion Fringe

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Weaving twisted threads with a loom turns into bullion fringe. The term originates from the thick metallic gold or silver fringe epaulettes and cording used on military uniforms. Here at Passementeries® we make our bullion fringe with  high-grade mercerised cotton from a collection of some 600 colors.see the available colours here The Bullion Fringe featured on this […]

Two weeks it took to make this ceiling rosette and it took just 10 seconds for my staff to turn it into a hat!

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This ceiling rosette took a laborious two weeks to construct. When it was finally completed, before it has time to be used as a ceiling rosette, my staff grabbed it as a decorative hat. This learnt this technique when I visited Versailles where in the hall of mirrors they have many chandeliers with stunning ceiling rosettes. The basic technique […]