Fabrics

Thistle Hill Weavers has been creating beautiful, historically accurate reproduction fabrics for more than 15 years.


Linen upholstery, reproduced from a surviving
example from the 1750s, on the loom

We weave our fabrics in a wide variety of natural fibers--wool, worsted, silk, cotton, linen, alpaca, cashmere, mohair--and we use the highest quality yarns. We can even custom dye yarns to match wallpaper or paint swatches. We inspect and finish every yard by hand to ensure that you receive the very best custom fabric.

Dimity

Dimity was one of the most important and popular interior furnishing fabrics in 18th- and 19th-century America. It was used for window treatments, bed hangings, and loose covers for furniture. Our dimity patterns come from period weavers' draft books and surviving document examples. We make dimity in pure white and natural cotton, natural and bleached linen, and custom colors.


Close-up of even striped herringbone dimity in pure white cotton with custom dimity fringe


Bed hangings and window festoon made with white cotton dimity trimmed with custom cotton cut fringe


Close-up of Thomas Jackson Diamonds diaper dimity in white cotton



Balloon shade in our cotton dimity with colored silk fringe


Simple split curtains in our uneven striped dimity topped by custom colored dimity valance

Gossamer

Gossamer is a light fabric with an open weave strucure and a beautiful drape. Historically it was used for window treatments, bed hangings, covers on chandeliers and gilt picture frames, and even as early mosquito netting! We weave gossamer in pure white and natural cotton and linen, and in custom colors.


Gossamer curtain panel in natural cotton and linen trimmed with custom cut fringe. We also made the valance using one of our figured worsted fabrics in mustard and ginger worsted and silk, and the green and mustard worsted and silk cut fringe and tassels.

Figured Worsted

Figured worsted wool, or patterned worsted, was sometimes called "everlasting" in period sources. It is incredibly durable and beautiful, with a subtle sheen and excellent drape. It was a popular choice for upholstery and drapery, both on windows and beds.


Close-up of figured worsted in mustard and ginger worsted and silk. This is the fabric shown in the valance above the gossamer panel.


Figured worsted custom upholstery in fine herringbone. We also made the silk and worsted tape trim on the chair.


Figured worsted drapery fabric trimmed with custom woven piquet tape and tasseled fringe


Figured silk and worsted valance and drapery panel. We also made the custom silk cut fringe and tassel.


Historic figured worsted in blue and basil green, with custom woven worsted cut fringe

Baize, Camblet, Harateen

Plain woven worsted fabrics were also very important in early American interiors. Baize covered desks and game tables, and it was made into crumb cloths that lay on top of carpets underneath dining tables. Camblets and Harateens adorned windows, beds, and upholstered furniture.


Festoon in yellow camblet with custom polychrome worsted fringe


Simple swag in red camblet

Historic Checks

Furniture checks were important for window treatments, bed hangings, and loose covers on furniture. In early America, furniture checks were made of cotton, linen, and worsted wool--and we still make them that way, in custom colors, of course.


Bed hangings in our Edinburgh check, cotton and linen, with custom checked tape trim


Worsted wool window pane check in copper and indigo

Silks

Pure silk, in patterns and stripes, has been the choice high style fabric for interior furnishings for centuries.


Figured silk in a pattern taken from an 18th-century weaver's draft book, trimmed with our own custom cut silk fringe and soft tassels


Yellow and green Federal silk stripe topping pink silk stripe drapery, trimmed with custom cut silk fringe, large silk tassel, and rosettes