Details"Late afternoon, on the north side of Swaledale, I rounded a bend on the lane. Ahead of me was a Cold Comfort Farm-like smallholding, all ramshackle. Perching in the leafless branches of a damson tree, sharply silhouetted against the sky, a flock of roosting bantams left me with an image that became the starting point for Bantam Bough."
Made in United Kingdom
- Mark Hearld
Mark Hearld artist, illustrator, printmaker & textile designer
Mark Hearld studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art and then completed an MA in Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. From his studio in York, Mark creates collage and print inspired by wildlife around him. His work is part of a printmaking tradition in the Uk that stems from artists like Bawden, Piper and Nash.
Collaborating with Simon and Angie Lewin (St. Jude's), his intensely detailed and lively patterns are available in a range of very use-able colours, printed on linen and cotton in the UK. Good for Roller or Roman Blinds. Tinsmiths' Made to Measure have developed a bespoke cartridge pleat heading for these lovely designs. Cartridge pleats allow very minimal fullness and for the pattern, therefore, to be seen at best advantage.
Wallpapers are also available in a selection of Mark's designs.
Mark's limited edition prints are on display in our showroom and in our Artists' Prints area on the website.
- General Information on Fabric and Fabric Care
Tinsmiths General Fabric Information
Tinsmiths’ Natural Fabrics are predominantly made from natural fibres with no added resins or chemical treatments. These fabrics can shrink when washed and can be sensitive to changes in humidity, with a typical shrinkage of 3-5% on first wash. Dry cleaning can also cause shrinkage so allow extra material to take this into account.
Colour variations are unavoidable between production batches. We cannot guarantee that current production will match previous orders or original samples. Where colour match is critical, please request a batch cutting.
Details of fabric width & pattern repeat may vary from batch to batch. If a particular measurement is critical, where an allowance is tight please do check this measurement with current stock.
We recommend always lining curtains to protect the face fabric from fading. Where sunlight is particularly strong, a blackout curtain lining should be considered to protect upholstery from the effects of the sunlight.
Natural Linen can have occasional ‘slubs’ in the weave which are not faults but characteristic of the fibre.
The fabrics which are suitable for upholstery use can be found in the Upholstery Fabric category on the Tinsmiths website. Refer to the fabric description for the ‘rub test’ or upholstery grade of each fabric.
We can provide both domestic and commercial FR (flame retardant) treatments for upholstery fabric. This service usually takes 2 weeks and costs £6.75/m with a minimum quantity of 4 running metres ie. a single piece of 4m or more.
Refer to the particular fabric for care instructions, not all our fabrics are washable. In general, furnishing fabrics are not suited to regular washing and cleaning which can diminish both the handle and finish of the cloth.
If you are making loose covers or unlined curtains which you intend to wash and from a washable fabric, we advise you to pre-wash the fabric. When washing Tinsmiths’ fabrics, use a powder/liquid that has no bleach or optical whiteners, wash at 30°c and do not tumble dry.
Use a cool wash (30 Max) on a short cycle, finishing with a short spin. Do not tumble dry but shake out thoroughly and dry as flat as possible. Ease the covers back onto the furniture when still slightly damp as this will allow them to stretch back into the correct shape.
Unlined curtains can be washed (follow the instructions for Loose Covers), pre-washing before making up will reduce shrinkage.
Lined, Interlined and Blackout Lined Curtains
DO NOT WASH. Hand-made interlined curtains can only be dry cleaned by a curtain specialist. Dry cleaning can also cause shrinkage