PHASE FOUR - BRINGING ROMNEY TWEED TO ROMNEY MARSH
Things worked out very positively as Romney Tweed made its debut in the commercial textile world, thanks to all the professional and willing help provided by the experienced North of England, and that path will continue for the foreseeable future.
However, the time has come to see whether the original aim of our Community Interest Company, that of bringing employment to the Romney Marsh, can in fact be achieved.
Research carried out recently suggested that handweaving on the Marsh of itself would not provide sufficient income. However, our first weaving course for beginners in January proved popular and we shall be holding more. Initially, these will be held to determine how much interest there is in learning such a skill on the Romney Marsh. It is hoped to build these courses up to the point where talented people from the large creative community on the Marsh could produce woven samples based on the local palette which could then be translated into designs for woven cloth and subsequently produced in lengths suitable for interior design and other purposes, as well as apparel.
Thanks to the generosity of friends who contributed to a Crowdfunding exercise, it has been possible, in parallel with the weaving courses, to have sample products from the existing tweed made by local seamstresses with a view to building up a market for them. This will take time and it is essential that the quality of the products is of a level equal to the quality of the worsted tweed.
Both these streams of activity are intended to grow to the extent whereby they enable Romney Tweed to lay a foundation for the future.