On Tuesday 25th February we attended the Worshipful Company of Weavers annual Textile Awards Lunch.
Thank you to The Worshipful Company of Weavers and Richard Humphries MBE for the speech dedicated to the story of Stephen Walters as we celebrate our 300-year anniversary and 10th generation weaving association.
Tom Helm of Fermoie presented prizes to third year weave students including Tamara Dew, Georgie Thomas, Sarah Craig, Hannah Russell and Megan Leech. Also, in attendance were recent graduates successfully working in the industry through the entry to work scheme alongside industry professionals, including representatives of all the Sudbury Mills.
Molly Hayden was one of the recipients of The Worshipful Weavers sponsorship scheme in 2019 which contributed to Molly’s first 6 months of employment here at Stephen Walters. During this period Molly spent time with each department learning about the roles each person plays enabling us to create beautiful fabrics and fulfil our customer orders. We also delivered training on the technical design system which meant Molly could support us with working on new designs for the SS21 Womenswear and Menswear collections.
Molly has since been offered a permanent role as a Technical Designer here at Stephen Walters and explains that she is “passionate about textiles and the possibilities that jacquard weaving hold”.
“It’s exciting working with customers in the luxury market and contributing towards the wide range of fabric developments. I am looking forward to learning new skills and gaining more confidence within the team”
Molly also recognises that the “fashion industry has an impact on the environment” and has recently joined our sustainability team helping drive some our sustainability initiatives and helping promote activities that are in place in the wider community”.