Our Mill is located in Stanningley near Leeds, where it has been since the early 1800s. It has been through tough times, suffering two devastating fires and a flood. In spite of this we still inhabit the original stone building, the true heart of our Mill.
We love the Mill location. Not only is it easy to get to, but because we have been here for so long, the mill is also a big part of the local community. We have employed multiple generations of local families giving the whole business a wider family feel, one of the reasons we believe family is such an important thing.
We also benefit from being sited directly over our own private spring, which supplies us with water that we use to make our products. The water is beautifully hard and, as it is unique to us, this makes our fabric washing and finishing impossible to replicate. Our historic mill is truly vertical; this means that every process, from the receipt of the raw wool to the dispatch of a beautifully finished Scarlet and Argent product, is carried out on our own premises in Yorkshire. As the products don’t leave our mill until they are complete, we have the joy of being able to really focus on craftsmanship, checking each item every step of the way from raw fleece to your door.
Weaving is not a quick and simple process; luckily we have many years of experience to ensure that all of our products provide stunning finishing touches to your home and create a beautiful backdrop for family life and entertaining. The intricate process we follow to produce the Hainsworth cloth used in our Scarlet and Argent range can be discovered below, it is second to none in the textiles industry, after all we have been weaving for more than 230 years!
Blending is where we mix together precise recipes or raw wool to get the perfect fibre mix for each individual product. During the blending process…
This is one of our favourite machines, often referred to by employees as ‘where the magic happens’. In carding, the newly blended fibres are detangled…
In spinning, the strips of fibre that were generated in carding, are converted into a strong usable yarn by twisting it. The yarn is then…
Warping is the measuring and arranging of yarn threads in long parallel lengths of equal tension. These carefully measured threads are the vertical axis, which…
It is the weaving process that transforms all of the carefully-prepared fibers and threads into a fabric. The loom concentrates on inserting threads (known as…
In dyeing, we apply and fix the colours to a fabric to obtain a uniform distribution of colour throughout. Once the dyeing cycle is complete,…
Our finishing process is what makes Hainsworth products so unmistakable. A series of processes are applied to the woven fabrics to create a unique desired…