Treat yourself or someone you love to a stunning St Richard’s scarf, cut from the finest silk.
As the chosen charity of The Silk Bureau, the Evesham-based digital fabric printing specialist is creating beautiful 100% silk scarves to raise funds for the care provided by St Richard’s Hospice.
A luxury item of the finest quality, each scarf features an intricate design by artist Amy Gazeley carrying the snowdrop – the St Richard’s Hospice emblem. An emblem which was inspired by the poem by The Snowdrop – Consolation by Bishop Keble 1792-1886:
“I am come to calm your fears: I am come to console you in the absence of bright days, and to reassure you of their return.”
A design based on the themes of hope and peace, the scarves also feature snowdrops, the sun, stars, doves and hearts and come in three sizes and colourways.
Amy has worked as a designer for some prestigious design houses including Marks and Spencer and Monsoon, as well as completing custom designs for clients.
Our thanks go to both The Silk Bureau and to Amy Gazeley for kindly creating these beautiful and meaningful luxury items for our care. 100% of the funds raised from each scarf will help us be there for patients, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.
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The process of creation
The team from St Richard’s, along with winning artist, Amy Gazeley, were invited to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of The Silk Bureau’s factory, to witness every step of the printing process.
See the image emerge on silk
The Silk Bureau take great pleasure in showing the printing of our luxurious silks.
It’s mesmerising to watch the inks being laid down and the full image slowly emerging from each pass of the printer head. The designer doesn’t often get the chance to witness this step. And so, it’s quite a revelation to see the digital file become a full-scale print.
Setting the inks
From the printer to the steamer.
Here the charity scarves are fed into our vast steamer to set the inks. It takes about 45 minutes for the fabric to pass through. When it does, there’s a clear pop in the colour and the true vibrancy of the image can be appreciated.
Removes excess ink and softens
To remove any excess coating and ink, the silk needs to go through a washing process. A conditioner and the drying process both help to give the silk that luxurious soft feel.
Then it’s off to the finishing department.
After every step of the printing process it’s time to visit the Finishing Department, where you see the printed silk turned into a stunning scarf.
The 1mm cut line between each scarf is perfect for our hotwire cutter. Quickly and efficiently it melts through the silk to leave a sharp edge. Without fraying, the silk is more manageable for our seamstresses to sew.
Each of these beautiful silk scarves will be finished with a Pin Hem.
St. Richard’s supplied a number of bespoke care labels to be sewn into the finished edge. Finally, a special swing tag was designed to finish the charity scarves ready for sale.