Showcase, Ireland 2013
Thomas Ferguson will be exhibiting at Showcase, Ireland in the RDS, Dublin from the 20th-23rd January, 2013.
This is now the foremost place for retailers to find unique design- led fashion, knitwear, jewellery, craft, gift and interiors.
For opening hours and registration please click here.
Fergusons will be pleased to see you on our stand (D102).
Thomas Ferguson and John England to work closer together
Thomas Ferguson and John England have recently come under common ownership, and will be working much closer together.
Thomas Ferguson is a weaver of plain and Jacquard Irish linen fabrics, mainly for luxury table, bed and kitchen linens. John England is a designer and wholesaler of apparel and interior fabrics, and carries a large range of unique off the shelf linens.
John England will be moving from their current Belfast premises to join Thomas Ferguson in their weaving factory in Banbridge, Co. Down.
In a statement from the company they say that by working together they will will be stronger than the sum of the parts, and greatly expand the customer base for both companies.
Thomas Fergusons Design Archive
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen has a large design archive of unique damask tablecloth designs dating back as far as the 19th century. These designs are the copyright of Thomas Ferguson and many have not been woven for over 60 years, and have not been seen by modern customers.
There would be an enormous amount of work and cost to configure all of these designs so that they could be woven on our looms far beyond the resources of a small weaver like Thomas Ferguson & Co Ltd.
However, if anyone is feeling particularly flush at present and wants a unique design they can peruse the archive and choose the design they wish to resurrect. Unfortunately it could take around £1500 to ready each design for weaving.
The least we could do for anyone who does help resurrect designs from this old archive is to rename the design after them, because it is unlikely they will ever see the light of day otherwise.
A New German Language Website for Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen have launched a new German language website. It is a service to our German customers and will allow them to read about the Thomas Ferguson company, and about our unique Irish linen products.
For more please see: http://www.irischesleinen.com/
Winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending September, 2012
The winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending September, 2012 is:
Richard Nutt from Swindon, Wiltshire, UK
Fergusons End of Summer Closedown
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen will be closed for the end of summer holiday from:
Last working day: 14th September, 2012
First day back: 24th September, 2012
This is the last main holiday of the year until Christmas and the New Year.
Shown in the image are the Mountains of Mourne at Newcastle, Co. Down.
Ade in Britain Visits Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen
Adrian Edmondson and the team from the ITV programme Ade in Britain visited Thomas Fergusons on Wednesday 8th August, 2012.
Ade saw Irish linen being woven and made up into finished products such as the well known Irish linen damask tablecloths and napkins.
While in the factory he saw Fergusons well known traditional striped Irish linen tea towels coming off the loom with 'Ade in Britain' woven in the centre stripe.
Shown in the image is Adrian Edmondson with Nigel Spiers.
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen Supports Local Sport
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen is proud to announce that it will be sponsoring Banbridge Rugby Football Club for the 2012-2013 season.
This is our local rugby team in the town where Fergusons is based.
Banbridge RFC has this year been promoted to division 2A of the All Ireland League, and all at Fergusons wish the President, Stephen Cross, and all the members and players a very successful season.
‘Citius, Altius, Fortius’
Thomas Ferguson Main Summer Closedown 2012
Thomas Ferguson will be closed for two weeks for our main summer break from:
Last day at work: Friday, 10th August, 2012
First day back: Monday, 27th August, 2012
We will continue to take orders during this period and will dispatch as soon as possible after our return.
Enquiries also will be dealt with as soon as possible after our return.
May we please refer you to our delivery policy, which outside holiday periods, we almost always will better.
Winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending June, 2012
The winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending June, 2012 is:
Nathalie St. John, Leeds, W. Yorks., UK
Thomas Ferguson's July Closedown
Thomas Ferguson will be closed for the July holidays from:
Last working day: 6th July, 2012
Returning: 16th July, 2012
Any orders placed on the online shop or inquiries will be dealt with as soon as possible after our return.
Thomas Fergusons New Apparel Fabric Collection
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen has developed a brand new collection of apparel fabrics. These are completely unique as they utilize Ferguson's skill in Jacquard weaving.
All Ferguson's fabrics have been designed and woven in their own factory in Banbridge, and all reflect the Irish countryside around about.
This new range is mainly aimed at the haute couture market.
Thomas Ferguson has not previously ventured into the apparel fabric market, and most of their designs were previoiusly for the luxury home textile market. They hope this new venture will show their skills, and versatility to a whole new range of clients.
Anyone interested in finding out more should please contact the sales team.
Thomas Ferguson May Day Holiday Closure
Thomas Ferguson will be closed for May Day holiday on the 7th May, 2012.
Any inquiries received will be dealt with promptly on our return.
Happy the age, and harmlesse were the dayes,
(For then true love and amity was found),
When every village did a Maypole raise.
And Whitson-aTes and May-games did abound :
And all the lusty yonkers, in a rout,
With merry lasses daunc'd the rod about,
Then Friendship to their banquets bid the guests,
And poore men far'd the better for their feasts. "
Winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending March, 2012
The winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending March, 2012 is:
Keith Wallbanks from Liverpool, England
Titanic tablecloths and napkins just like those on the first voyage - now available from stock
In the next few weeks will be the RMS Titanic centenary. As the ship was built in Belfast, only 25 miles away from Banbridge where Thomas Ferguson weave their linens, they would like to mark this centenary in some lasting way.
On board that great ship on its first voyage were 6000 Irish linen damask tablecloths, and 45,000 Irish linen damask table napkins. As Thomas Ferguson are now the only Irish linen damask weaver they have decided to reproduce as near as possible, in Irish linen, these linens which were used on that first voyage.
To be as near to the original as possible Thomas Ferguson has been licensed to use the White Star Line logo. From previous dealings with the original weaver Thomas Ferguson understands the table linen design used on the Titanic table linen to be an old industry design known as the “Adam” design; no doubt named after the designer and architect Robert Adam.
St. Patricks Day Holiday & Discount Offer
Thomas Ferguson will be closed Monday, 19th March, 2012 for Saint Patricks Day holiday.
We will continue to take enquiries and also orders in our online shop, by email or fax and will deal with them as soon as possible after our return.
Over the holiday period anyone putting the word, patrick, into the voucher code box of our online shop will get a 25% discount off the price of all standard linens shown in the online retail shop. This offer closes at 8am, 20th March, 2012 (our time).
Happy Saint Patricks Day.
Special March 20% discount on chosen items in the online shop
Until the 12th March, 2012 Thomas Ferguson is running a special 20% discount on any orders placed in our custom tablecloth facility.
This discount is applied automatically, and will be visible to the purchaser.
By using the Thomas Ferguson 'create your own tablecloth' tool you can build your own custom sized tablecloth online. You can then purchase it through our secure online shop. This applies to damask and plain tablecloths (TF Refs. 975, 875, 8/8 & 012).
The tablecloths created in this facility are totally bespoke and unique to you.
Over the same period we will also be running a special 20% discount on the Thomas Ferguson Etamine range, Ref. 071.
To get 20% discount on any purchases from the Etamine range all you have to do is put the word 'etamine' in the voucher code box at the shopping basket stage of purchase.
This offer ends at 9:00 hrs (our time), 12th March, 2012.
Thomas Ferguson Launches New Film
Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen has recently launched a new film which shows people interested in Irish Linen how a tablecloth is made from order to dispatch.
It shows, design, warping, weaving, cutting, sewing, embroidery, and packaging.
We hope you find the new film of interest, and would be interested in feedback.
Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year
All at Thomas Ferguson wish all our customers and all those interested in Irish linen a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.
Winner of the Thomas Ferguson Competition for the period ending December 2011
The winner of the competition for period ending 16th December, 2011 is:
Bridget Odwyer, London, England