New Products for the NEW NORMAL
Thomas Ferguson is being asked for many different products than before. We are having to change as peoples needs and priorities are changing.
We have developed a new website to display the new products; which include Irish linen face masks made by us in Banbridge. Face covering scarves, fever blankets, quick drying linen towels, etc.
The sustainable and beneficial properties of linen are being made into new products for changing needs.
Please bear with us during the current health crisis. We will continue to answer telephone calls and emails. We hope you will continue to place orders online. However, after 3rd April deliveries from our online shop may be at the maximum delivery period stated in our delivery information.
We should have most things in stock, but will not be replacing any items we sell out of in the short term.
Due to local demand, and a shortage, we have diverted a significant portion of our production to producing face masks.
Thomas Ferguson Face Masks
Face masks are difficult to buy at present so to help make our employees feel better in the current crisis we made our own from layers of linen.
They can be washed too.
Now we've even been asked if we can sell them to other businesses.
Current Health Emergency
Currently no one at Thomas Ferguson's has tested positive for coronavirus.
As a precaution, to protect our employees, and their jobs, we are closing the factory shop, and stopping tours of the factory until further notice. We are also stopping all but essential visitors to our premises.
Essential visitors will be people we have judged important to keep the business running and they will be invited to our premises, and their visit carefully managed.
We will do our best to deal with all other matters by telephone and email.
Orders received online will continue to be dealt with as normal.
Thank you for your patience, and apologies for any inconvenience caused.
'Fever' Blanket by Thomas Ferguson
New larger size, heavy, 100% linen blanket. Oyster white. Very tough and rugged item. Flax is naturally anti bacterial reducing smells and odours. It is also wicking; taking perspiration away from your body.
Large 10cm hems top and bottom 1.3cm hems on 2 sides.
Based on a traditional 'Fever Blanket'.
Ideal for many uses, especially where durability to heavy wear is required.
The use no longer needs to be medical, and it may well not be the advice of modern medicine to risk increasing your temperature further when you have a fever. "Sweating it out" may not be a good idea.
Supplied with minimal packaging.
Thomas Ferguson weaves tablecloths for the Danish Royal Family
Thomas Ferguson has woven tablecloths for the 80th birthday celebrations of the Queen of Denmark.
Probably the highest quality linen tea towel woven today
Thomas Ferguson Irish linen tea towel lettered 'Crystal Glass Cloth' (Ref.021) is probably the highest quality linen tea towel woven anywhere.
These high quality traditional items are centre striped and lettered. To see an image click here.
The Thomas Ferguson Crystal Glass Cloth is woven, cut , sewn, and wash finished in our factory in Banbridge Northern ireland. They may well be the only tea towels woven in the UK & Ireland.
The linen yarn used is high quality wet-spun line linen (Nm26) in warp and weft. With 36 warp yarns per cm, and 20 weft yarns per cm.
These towels will dry your glasses or dishes with the minimum of streaks, and the long line linen fibes will not leave lint behind.
On top of all this they are supplied with a washed and preshrunk finish. This softens, and removes much of the shrinkage.
These are available with traditional red or blue stripes and carry the Irish linen brand, with Made in Ireland woven on the centre stripe.
We may not be able to compete with low wage countries on price, but we can on value for money. This item should outlast cheaper versions, and is way more sustainable.
Never underestimate the power of a good tablecloth
A new study at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany shows a nice tablecloth and candles matter just as much as what you cook on 'creating a mood'. It can even affect how good the food tastes.
- Thomas Ferguson 20:20 Gallery - NEW
Who was Thomas Ferguson?
The Company bears the name of the founder, Thomas Ferguson (27th April 1820- 24th February 1900), who was born at Clare, near the village of Waringstown in Co. Down, where his father John farmed. At that time the locality was a centre of Irish Linen hand weaving and this activity was commonly combined with farming.
His father died in 1831, and he was orphaned, when his mother died in 1836. It is believed that the Rev. John Johnston (1786-1862) of Tullylish Presbyterian Church, became the guardian of Thomas, and his brother John. Thomas Ferguson's guardian saw to the completion of his schooling and then arranged for him to be apprenticed to Brice Smyth (1796-1851) of Brookfield, Banbridge. This remarkable man, even though he was blind from smallpox as a child, was a very skilful handloom weaver of fine linens, and a noted teacher of his trade. It was said Brice Smyth was also able to examine the brown webs as they were brought into his warehouse by the weavers, and in doing so he could have formed an accurate judgment as to whether, or not, the cloth had been correctly woven.
His apprenticeship completed, Thomas Ferguson left Brookfield sometime around 1845 and set up on his own as a handloom weaver in Banbridge. It is believed he started business in a house in Church Square, in the town. In 1854, by then firmly established, he acquired a lease for 999 years of the site on which the Company operated for 137 years. The factory on this site was known as Edenderry Works.
There he continued with his hand weaving business, until in 1866 he formed a partnership with his two brothers-in-law, James and Benjamin Dickson. Following the formation of this Company, Dickson, Ferguson & Co., the partners decided to build a new factory. Work was started in 1867 on the site which Thomas Ferguson had earlier purchase the lease, and the factory was equipped with steam powered looms with Jacquard machines for damask weaving.
In 1883 the two Dickson brothers retired from the business. The Company with its present title was incorporated in 1884 with Thomas and his sons, Howard and Norman, being the first directors with another son, Thomas S. as secretary. In later years three grandsons of the founder entered the Company while two great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson were all actively involved in the business. To find out more about the history of linen in Banbridge and Thomas Ferguson.
Thomas Ferguson is often asked how long will my linens last?
We at Thomas Ferguson are often asked how long will our linen last?
This is not an easy question to answer because we do not know how often, and in which way you use it, and launder it.
Invest NI Capital Expansion Project
Thomas Ferguson & Co Ltd is in receipt of Selective Financial Assistance support from Invest NI for Capital Expansion. This project, which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020, aims to increase productivity and efficiency of Jacquard woven apparel fabrics.
Decorex International 2019
Thomas Ferguson's sister company John England will be exhibiting at Decorex international 6-9 October, 2109 at Olympia, London. Stand J234.
Decorex is Europe’s leading event for interior design professionals. Established for over 40 years, Decorex will open its doors for 2019 in central London on the 6th-9th October. Each year we curate a four-day show presenting next-level interior design from across the world, presenting interior products, projects and perspectives – and the people who create them.
Decorex welcomes the finest high-end international suppliers, showcasing a diverse collection of quality products across the interior design world. Discover furniture, fabric and wall-coverings, lighting, carpets, rugs and accessories. Be a part of our next chapter.
John England will be pleased to meet customers and introduce them to new fabrics and designs.
Thomas Ferguson Home 2019
To see Thomas Ferguson products for 2019 please click here.
Thomas Ferguson features on BBC Great Railway Journeys
Steered by his Edwardian Bradshaw’s Guide, Michael Portillo navigates his way by rail – and ferry - across Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands from Newry to Argyll and Bute.
Early 20th-century Britain was reeling from industrial strife and suffragette outrages, but the biggest crisis of all was the conflict in Ireland. Beginning in Newry, Michael finds a specially chartered train would deliver demonstrators campaigning for Irish Home Rule to a rally in the town.
On the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic at Glaslough, Michael is amused to discover a christening robe belonging to Sir Winston Churchill and hears how he and his American mother saved the impressive Castle Leslie.
Michael finds himself in a sticky situation at an Edwardian bakery in Portadown when he attempts to make an Irish staple, soda bread. At Scarva, Michael discovers the importance of Irish linen for aircraft during the First World War, and in the hangars of the Ulster Aviation Society he learns how a replica Ferguson Flyer from 1909 was built.
The Franklins Group
Thomas Ferguson is a member of the Franklin's Group of companies. Please click here to find out more about the rest of the Group.
- Thomas Ferguson Home Products 2019
Texfusion Exhibition 31 October-1st Nov. 2018
All are welcome to see our new developments
Thomas Ferguson's sister company, John England, who specialize in fashion and home fabrics by the metre will be exhibiting at Texfusion
31 OCT / 1 NOV 2018
Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street, Islington
London N1 0QH
Weaving in Thomas Ferguson's
Thomas Ferguson's have been weaving Irish linen since the 1850's.
Today the core business is as a Jacquard and plain fabric weaver.
Fergusons can weave Jacquard fabrics up to 3 metres wide (finished), and plain fabrics just over 3 metres wide (finished).
Ferguson's supply greige fabric either straight off the loom- (loomstate), or it can be bleached, dyed and finished, Sanforized, or have a washed preshrunk and softened finish.
The standard warp used is 100% linen (from flax). However, cotton warps can be used if the minimum order is over 1000 metres.
For weft linen is the main yarn used, however cotton, wool, alpaca, and various other fibres can be used on request.
The Company specialises in undertaking commission orders and providing bespoke services which involves weaving linen, tailored specifically to meet individual customer requirements. Almost all our products can be branded or personalised in some way. This may involve in-woven cresting, an embroidered logo, company name woven into a tea towel, a coat of arms on a guest towel, your own design or a special size. Our skilled design team use extremely advanced technology, which is perfectly set up to handle short runs e.g. one crested tablecloth or a set of specifically designed napkins.