A small group of fiber artists, farmers and entrepreneurs have been meeting at HandMade in America this year, as part of a Fiber Group, to discuss how to grow the interest and market for local fiber in Western North Carolina. Last week, we took a field trip to Hendersonville to tour The Oriole Mill, a boutique weaving mill that produces custom fabrics for artists and an in-house line of heirloom home furnishings.
They use only top-quality, natural and manmade fibers and weave fabric on 9 Jacquard looms. These mechanical looms use sophisticated computer systems to create fabrics with complex patterns, although the preparation and finishing steps are very handmade-intensive. ...
During our tour, we had a front-row seat of the Jacquard loom at work and walked through each department at the mill. ...
The Oriole Mill is unlike any mill I have ever seen or heard of. Nestled in Western North Carolina is a one of a kind operation that offers a unique experience for designers to learn and create their own textile with industrial equipment. If you are a weaver, seamstress or have any interest in textiles, the mill is worth checking out!Read the full article