Monthly Archives: August 2014

The History of Wool

Wool is an incredibly versatile fabric that has been used for as long as humans have been aware of the existence of sheep. The ability of wool to provide warmth, as well as light-weight clothing that can protect from the rain, has caused it to be a popular material. It is true to say that there is no other material in existence with the same natural qualities as wool. Through selective breeding of high quality sheep, it has been possible to create better wool that makes an even better product. It is undoubtedly one of the oldest commodities produced in the United Kingdom and is deeply ingrained in the countries heritage. Continue reading

Scarves Manufacturing Process

The process of manufacturing scarves or throws or fabric using woollen yarns or woollen blends is all very similar.

We start by deciding what type of yarn to use , referred to as the count of yarn. By knowing what count of yarn we use we must then decide how many threads per inch we will have in the warp ( threads that run length ways in fabric) and how many threads we will insert in the crossing of the warp know as the weft.

The first part of the manufacturing process is the preparation of the warp known as warping. We take the threads from the spools on which they arrive, place them in a creel which holds then in the desired design and then the threads are drawn off by a rotating drum and they get wrapped around the drum. Continue reading

The Tradition of John Hanly & Co Ltd

John Hanly & Co Ltd was established in 1893. The company has always been under the management of the Hanly family and the current managing director, Brian Hanly is the fourth generation.

Before moving to Ballyartella outside Nenagh, Denis Hanly and his son John operated a number of hand looms in South County Tipperary, approx 40 miles from Nenagh. In 1893 they moved their machinery to Ballyartella in the North of the county. They took over a vacant mill beside the Nenagh River and a large wheel provided the power necessary to operate the machinery.

The business expanded to spinning and carding, the main products being flannels and blankets. At that time, all products were sold within Ireland and the UK under the guidance of the founder’s son, John Hanly who became Managing Director.

Business continued in this way for many years. Local farmers brought their fleeces to the mill for purchase. Spinning, carding and weaving took place within the six storey mill.

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