PHASE ONE - CAN HIGH QUALITY CLOTH BE MADE FROM ROMNEY WOOL?
A meeting held on the Marsh at the end of August 2013, to which Gordon and Chris came accompanied by a designer from Rotherham and his wife, Bill and Jean Skidmore, discussed the procedure for Phase One.
Thanks to the generosity of the people we had visited in Yorkshire, we were given a 20 kg "top" of Romney fleece by Martin Curtis, which was then spun for us by Richard Brown of Spectrum Yarns, and subsequently dyed and woven into designs by Bill and Jean which did indeed prove in everyone’s opinion that Romney cloth could be produced in a form which would be both wearable and attractive. They had worked away in their kitchen, to dye and twist the yarn and weave it into a small set of samples on their table loom.
A presentation on the project was prepared for a Wool Reception held at the Mansion House by The Lord Mayor of London at the beginning of October 2012. We felt sufficiently encouraged by the reaction from people in the textile and fashion world at that event to move on to Phase Two and the production of more sample designs.