The Bristol Cloth project showcases British heritage, preserving what this land has always offered and what British communities have done for centuries. We are set to prove that it is still commercially viable to make cloth on our shores, sustaining British tradition, culture, community, land and the economy.

Bristol Cloth is made with holistically farmed and biologically washed wool from Fernhill Farm, using carbon sequestering practices to lock carbon back into the soil where it belongs, regenerate soil fertility and offer the highest standards of animal welfare. Our lambswool yarn is naturally dyed with certified organic plant dyes by Botanical Inks. And woven at the Bristol Weaving Mill, the first industrial loom to open in Bristol in nearly 100 years. The entire process is done without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals and set mainly within a 15 mile radius of Bristol. Reducing the carbon footprint and creating a cloth which is actually safe to make, use, wear and go back into the ground at the end of its useful life cycle. Our system is fully traceable and contributes to our local community and economy, with fair pay terms to all suppliers..

 
 

By supporting this campaign, you can help re-create a local, resilient textile economy in the South West, offering an alternative to the unsustainable global textile production systems which have threatened traditional British cloths almost to extinction and critically damaged the health of our biosphere; Support regenerative agriculture which captures carbon from the air and locks it back into the soil whilst also replenishing soil health; Help recreate our ability to dye textiles using non-toxic plant dyes; and bring artisan textile production back into our local economy. 


We’ve been overjoyed by the success of this project so far, with £7,000 raised in the first 5 days of our crowd funder campaign, smashing our first target and carrying on to meet our second target of £15,000 over the following weeks, finally reaching over £18,000.

The amount of support and enthusiasm for this project has been electric and ever so heartening! The BBC have graced our story with a full 7 minute feature on Countyfile, a full story on Points West News (below); Radio 4 have interviewed us, and we have been written up in Selvedge Magazine, No Serial Number Magazine, Positive News, Permaculture Magazine and several local Bristol papers including Bristol 24/7, The Bristol Magazine, Bristol Post, Bristol TV and the Mendip Times.

We have sold out of the first 200 metre production of Bristol Cloth - Thank you so much for helping to make this happen!

We are now taking pre-orders for the second 200 metre production, for which we estimate delivery to be around August 2019.

The crowdfunder has now closed, so please go to the online store here to pre-order and support this project:


Bristol Cloth Products:

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METERAGE OF BRISTOL CLOTH

£95 per metre - (140cm width)

£50 per 1/2 metre - (50 x 140cm)

Choose from one of the two finish qualities available:

1. A suiting quality finish similar to a light/medium weight tweed, from a cold wash and hot press. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

2. A soft and slightly fluffy finish from a cold wash. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition - Available now - Limited until stock sold out. (3-4 working days dispatch time). Now only available in our suiting quality finish.

Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: Est. September/October - Pre-order now

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).


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BRISTOL CLOTH scarves and throws

£60 - Scarf ( 200 x 35cm)

£120 - Blanket Scarf (200 x 70cm)

£245 - Throw (200 x 140 cm)

Made with Bristol Cloth and finished with a cold wash to give a soft and slightly fluffy quality. With fringed ends.

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition (sold out): May-June/ Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: August

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).


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Swatches of Bristol Cloth

£10 for 2 swatches, one of each finish.

Two small swatches of cloth for designers to reference for collections.

1. A suiting quality finish similar to a light/medium weight tweed, from a cold wash and hot press. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

2. A soft and slightly fluffy finish from a cold wash. (No toxic synthetic chemicals/ detergents used).

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition (sold out): May-June

Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: August

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).


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Knitting Yarn

£14 - 50g Hank Naturally Dyed Yarn

We've recycled our madder dye "exhaust bath" from the Bristol Cloth production, to dye 50g hanks of our holistically farmed Shetland Romney lambswool yarn, to a dusty pink shade suitable for knitting.

UK 4-ply weight (US fingering/sport), 150 metres per 50g.

2.75–3.5 mm needles recommended.

Woollen spun, 2-ply, medium twist. Ideal for mittens, hats, scarves and jumpers.

Est. Dispatch Times:

Bristol Cloth 1st Edition (sold out): June/ Bristol Cloth 2nd Edition: August

(Colours will vary and may not appear exactly as they do on the device you view images on).


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Thank you so much for your support!

We gratefully receive your donations to our project.

Please donate any amount you feel to, directly to the Bristol Cloth campaign, here: