Laxtons

Hand Knitting

Hand Knitting

We manufacture a large range of yarns for many hand knitting brands, both in the UK and worldwide, such as Rowan, Colinette and  Fleece Artist to name but a few. We use predominantly natural fibres such as wool, kid mohair, silk, cashmere and alpaca and can spin as heavy as super chunky.

We have recently manufactured yarns spun from British Wool, such as Blue Faced Leicester, Wensleydale, Jacob and Masham to give genuine 100% British product. We also use Falkland, German, Norwegian, South American, Australian and New Zealand Wools.

Not only can we produce yarn in 50g and 100g balls, packed ready for retail shelves we also supply undyed yarn in hanks of various sizes, from 500g to 100g ready for dyeing, either commercially  in large dye vats or by hand.

The garment opposite comprises of yarns made from Blue Faced Leicester, Jacob, Shetland and Black Welsh British wools with parts of the garment felted to create the contrasting surface textures.



Machine Knitting

Machine KnittingWe are constantly adding to our range of yarns suitable for machine knitting and are working closely with a number of retailers to establish product incorporating British yarns, both for catwalk and high street fashion.

Generally our yarns are most suited to medium to course gauge knitting machines both circular and flat.

With our yarns being made from predominantly natural fibres we work closely with the knitter to achieve as good a handle as possible, this often involves using finer wools such as Australian Merino and other finer natural fibres such as Kid Mohair or Baby Alpaca.

The garment pictured opposite is a combination of Australian Merino wool and British Wool knitted together in a double sided fabric which has then been hand dyed to add the unusual colour effect.



Woven Apparel

Woven ApparelMany of our fancy yarns as well as our worsted yarns are woven into fabrics for design labels such as; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Jigsaw, Samuel Tweed, Paul Smith and Hobbs.

We develop yarns for specific projects in conjunction with weavers for leading design houses throughout the world.

We are also making 100% Genuine British Worsted Fabrics, incorporating British Wool, British Spun Yarn, British Weaving and Finishing for both mens and ladies wear.

Having control again of the yarn manufacture enables us to tailor twist levels to the weaver’s exact requirements increasing weaving efficiency and reducing overall fabric costs.

The garment pictured opposite was made by Jigsaw from fabric we produced from the raw fleeces that were sent to us, spinning the yarn, dyeing it, weaving and finishing it to give a luxurious 100% Genuine British product.



Woven Upholstery

Woven UpholsteryWith our extensive experience we are able to manufacture yarns with the required performance levels for contract and domestic furnishing fabrics. Most incorporate natural fibres as wool has excellent properties suitable for these end uses.

The fabrics can be found on ferries to high street banks, theatres to airports, and offices to hotels.

Both our fancy and worsted spun yarns have been successfully combined, mimicking the fashion market, to create furnishing fabrics that not only meet the high standards of performance required for contract upholstery but also give unique visual effects on the surface of the fabrics. 
The picture opposite illustrates the above in a finished product. The effect has been created with the use of a pure wool boucle yarn.



Worsted Carpet Tufting and Rug Making

Worsted Carpet Tufting and Rug MakingWe have designed yarns specifically for the use in carpet tufting for exclusive ranges incorporating wool/silk blends and pure new wool. Rug makers have also used our yarns to achieve unusual effects.



Miscellaneous

MiscellaneousOur yarns have also found their way into many unusual markets such as teddy bear fabric, military braiding, air gun dart tails, sound absorbing panels, wall art, Christmas decorations, anti static products, hair scrunchies, church kneelers, and prayer shawls.