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Mourne Textiles Journal

A life behind the loom

John McAtasney, 83, started weaving for Mourne Textiles over 50 years ago. This master craftsman, known to us as John The Weaver, is considered the very last hand weaver of Linen Damask on the island of Ireland. Here he talks about his life and memories of Gerd Hay-Edie, Mourne Textiles...

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Meet the Mourne Textiles Team

Damien McKeown, 32, on his career with Mourne Textiles and how the QEST apprenticeship grant is helping him train in essential skills. Damien Mending Mourne Check Granite   How did you discover Mourne Textiles? "A friend of mine posted on Facebook about Mourne Textiles looking for a weaver. She mentioned...

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A Yarn from Hay-Edies

As inquisitive children at Killowen School in the late 1950s, we discovered at a distance handloom weaving. The new building behind the school, known as Hay-Edie’s factory was high above with a window facing down. A girl was working on a handloom. We could hear rhythmical repetitive sounds. Sometimes the...

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Dressed for success

An interview with Irish fashion and costume designer Peter O'Brien As part of 2017's TextISLE event in Dublin, Irish fashion designer Peter O'Brien used Mourne Textile fabrics to create new clothing designs. O'Brien began his career in Paris, where he worked at Christian Dior and as senior designer at Chloé....

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The Robin Day centenary chair

There’s nothing quite like relaxing in your favourite chair. Sixty years after Mourne Textiles original collaboration with furniture designer Robin Day, the ‘Reclining Chair’ has been re-issued to celebrate the centenary of Day’s birth.   Robin Day was born 100 years ago on May 25th 1915, and described the reclining...

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