Simone Blanket II

Hollie Ward
Simone Blanket II 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 stripe 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 author Simone de Beauvoir and her 1958 autobiography, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter. With each piece, the hope is that they will be passed down through generations - repaired, cherished and loved. This blanket compliments the Simone cushions.

Material: Lambswool, cashmere, Shetland wool, deadstock silks.
cm: Width 106cm, Height 180cm (190cm with tassels)
inches: Width 41.7in, Height 70.9in (74.8in with tassels)
Care Instructions: Spot clean with a damp cloth


This piece has been woven on a 4-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 deadstock 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.