Eliza Check Bolster

Hollie Ward

Eliza Check Bolster by Hollie Ward forms part of a collection that responds to a series of texts and novels that depict strong female protagonists, exclusive to The New Craftsmen. Hollie has interpreted landscapes of feeling evoked by these novels into texture, composition and colour; creating a vivid representation that reflects her own internal visual and emotional world. The whole collection has been woven from the surplus stock of wool yarns, including shetland wool and British cashmere, to form contrasting textures across each piece. The check pattern is both traditional whilst also hinting at a rebellious, modern-punk sensibility; perfectly embodying the strong characters found within these books. In this instance, Hollie references the character Eliza from Maggie O’Farrell’s 2020 novel, Hamnet. With each piece, the hope is that they will be passed down through generations - repaired, cherished and loved.

Material: Boucle wool, mohair, shetland wool
cm: Diameter 20cm, Width 46cm
inches: Diameter 7.9in, Width 18.1in
Care Instructions: Spot clean with a damp cloth
Lead Time: 4 weeks


This piece has been woven on an 8-shaft loom and then hand sewn to finish using ends of warps to avoid any waste. A completely closed loop, the entire process involves no electricity and precipitates no waste, but is simply the product of Hollie’s physical interaction with the loom and the mindful approach she takes to all her work. Each piece is woven from a combination of surplus stock lambswool and cashmere yarns, alongside hints of Shetland wool and headstock silks.
The Maker Hollie Ward Textile Weaver - London

Based in South East London, Hollie Ward creates one-off pieces handwoven from surplus yarn, as well as British and Icelandic wool. Having recently graduated with a First Class BA (hons) in Textile Crafts, specialising in woven fabrics, Hollie's first interiors collection has been developed exclusively for The New Craftsmen. Hollie draws inspiration from fabrics woven with history, and incorporates experimental elements into her work.