Sprang is an ancient method of constructing fabric that gives it an appearance similar to netting so that it has natural elasticity. Sprang, unlike netting, however, is constructed from entirely warp threads. The sprang structure is close to a Leno weave but without the weft so that it is inherently flexible. Although examples of sprang can be seen back in the Bronze Age, there were no written records until the late nineteenth century. These days knitting has taken over sprang constructions, however, there are many examples in museums of product woven in a sprang construction which is often misidentified as knitted. Wyedean possesses a sprang fabric hand loom, which, to the best of our knowledge is one of only two in existence, the other we understand is in London owned by the Royal School of Needlework. Our loom hasn’t been used for many years and was last used in the 1980s to manufacture British Army Generals Guards Full Dress and Undress waist sash ribbons, also for Scottish Regiment Officers’ shoulder sash, all woven in pure silk and 2% gold threads. Unfortunately, these products were converted over to power loom production using synthetic threads in the late 1980s as a cost saving measure. To view our range of sashes click here.
Wyedean is hugely proud to unveil the newest addition to its team, Private Parts. Designed and put together by local Haworth sculptor Craig Dyson, Private Parts is a sculpture of a Coldstream Guard soldier standing to attention, made from old, obsolete loom parts and stands proudly in Wyedean's car park guarding the entrance to the building. Wyedean ran an internal competition to name this fantastic sculpture with the winning entry of Private Parts coming from distributions manager, Kevin Lester. Other notable suggestions included Woody, Parky and Trigger, but Private Parts was the unanimous winner. Robin Wright, managing director of Wyedean said that: "Craig did a brilliant job making Private Parts and it was the perfect way to re-use our old loom parts, some of which were over a hundred years old, in a way which ensured they continue to be a part of Wyedean's future and not just its past." If you ever come to visit Wyedean be sure to take a look at Private Parts as Craig did a superb job. You can see more of his work at http://www.craigdysonsculpture.co.uk
Wyedean Weaving was formally founded on 7 April, 1964, by David Wright. Before starting his own business, David’s first job after leaving school was an apprentice textile designer at Bridgehouse mill. Little did he know that 34 years later he would go onto purchase the very same building. At the age of 18, and at the outbreak of the Second World War, David volunteered for the Royal Navy, specifically The Fleet Air Arm. After pilot training in Canada he became a commissioned Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve fighter pilot and served with the now legendary Catapult Aircraft Merchant ships. Wyedean was established in 1964 as a manufacturer of braid and uniform accoutrement. Previously the business was known as Dalton Barton. David joined the company in 1959 and he was chosen to introduce new blood to the company, to take a hard look at the firm and to move the business away from Coventry as it was proving increasingly difficult to compete for labour with the booming motor industry. New premises were found at Coleford between the River Wye and the Forest of Dean – which eventually inspired a new name: Wyedean Weaving. By the early 1960s the market for narrow fabrics had grown considerably, yet it only served a hugely competitive and mainly domestic market; one in which a comparatively small business would be unlikely to survive for very long. Products such as carpet binding, curtain tape and safety harness webbing were in reasonable demand; however, there was also a call for military uniform narrow fabrics such as medal ribbon, rank braid, sergeant’s stripes and sashes. David realised that these products had the potential to be developed into a specialist range which could provide a small family company with a long-term future. They were unlikely to go out of fashion so long as Britain maintained a monarchy with military ceremonial requirements. So in 1964, David, by then a director of the company, struck a deal with the owners to take on the military side of the business. David immediately set about negotiating a purchase of the appropriate machinery and he was able to find suitable premises at Bridgehouse Mill, Haworth. From the early days of the business, David’s father, Frank Wright M.B.E. served as company director until his death in 1975. Frank was a textile machine designer who worked at Keighley’s Prince, Smith and Stell for over 40 years. He was awarded the M.B.E. in recognition of his inventing an entirely new yarn spinning technique called centrifugal spinning. Norma, David’s wife, has also been involved in the business for the last 50 years, serving first as Company Secretary and currently as Chairman. In fact, since 1964 there have been four generations of the Wright family working in the mill with three still actively involved. The family has fulfilled many diverse roles, from receptionist to managing director, and from loom-tuner to inspector. Robin Wright (David’s son) joined the company in 1979 and in 1990 became Managing Director. Robin oversaw the diversification of the company’s [...]
Wyedean's mission is ‘To appear in every parade’ a tall order for most in its trade, but this gives Wyedean plenty to work towards, particularly given its new international goals and ambitions through website development and overseas developments. The media is often full of national and international ceremonies and parades and Wyedean takes it in its stride to find video footage from these events so that it can ensure that it is either in these events, or that it can supply our uniforms and accessories for the next parade or ceremony All uniformed British serviceman will at least wear a badge or rank marking which has been produced by Wyedean. Every Policeman serving in the London Metropolitan Police Force will have their service numbers (letters and numerals) on their shoulder epaulettes which are also supplied by Wyedean. This makes Wyedean's products as prominent in the British market as any other around the globe. However, Wyedean continually aspires to make itself more recognisable in global markets by supplying its products internationally. A recent example of Wyedean's products being used world-wide can be seen on the image to the left. Ceremonial regalia worn as far away as the Kingdom of Tonga in the Oceania region. This gold and red sash made by Wyedean is worn by the King and Queen of Tonga. Wyedean is delighted to know that its items are being worn proudly on the other side of the world, thus making our mission look just that little bit more achievable. Wyedean is determined to make its mission a reality and following recent exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, Wyedean is hoping to take its products as far as the Persian Gulf. Wyedean also appears in many British parades including the Changing of the Guards ceremony, from Scottish to Irish, and Coldstream to Grenadier. For many years, Wyedean has also appeared in the Trooping the Colour parade. All of the staff at Wyedean take great pride when they can watch back the footage and spot something that was hand-stitched in Wyedean's Haworth Mill. In more recent news, Wyedean's products played a big part in the Battle of Britain memorial, where many servicemen wore at least one item manufactured by Wyedean. This momentous event, marking the 75th Anniversary of the battle, saw the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and other members of the Royal family appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flyover of four Spitfires, two Hurricanes and four Eurofighter Typhoons as part of an enhanced Changing of the Guard performed by the RAF Queen’s Colour Squadron. Wyedean's high quality military insignia, regalia and accoutrement appear in parades up and down the country on a daily basis. However, the success of the company will ultimately be measured by its international presence, something which Wyedean works towards on a daily basis.
Development - Manufacture - Supply. Three words that are central to Wyedean's core business practices. Wyedean is not just a supplier of goods constantly churning out product after product. It's skilled and experienced team see products right through from the drafting and prototyping stage, to their manufacture, testing and final delivery to the customer. Wyedean constantly strives to maintain and improve its standards. Wyedean is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 accredited and also has Investors in People certification. Wyedean has a worldwide network of skilled, versatile suppliers who are trained to the top of their profession ready to supply the best quality product. Its contract management experts are ready to take on any challenge and its excellent administration and customer service teams are available for support. For contract or development enquiries, we suggest you visit Wyedean's corporate website at www.wyedean.com. The launch of Wyedean Stores sees Wyedean maintaining its upward trend and allows it to sell commercially to the general public, in addition to its core B2B (Business to Business) trading.