We are looking for a technically minded, creative weaver who is eager to learn.  As an historical weaving mill we need someone who has a genuine interest in the history of our company and the extensive archive we have at Gainsborough.  The candidate should be intuitive and professional with an understanding of Jacquard weaving.


The Company

Founded in 1903, Gainsborough Fine Weavers & Dye House embodies over a century of British craftsmanship. The entire production process – from design, to hand-dyeing yarns, to weaving the finished fabrics – takes place on the site we have occupied since 1924. We received the Royal Warrant from HM The Queen in 1981.

Alongside our own collections, Gainsborough has long been the textile house for any interior designer seeking beautiful bespoke fabrics, from contemporary, geometric styles to the richest of damasks and pearl-embroidered silks, and our willingness to support creative craftspeople in their endeavours remains a cornerstone of our offering.


The Role

We are looking to train up a new designer as part of our small design team at Gainsborough.  You will be working on client-led projects recreating historical fabrics or one-off bespoke designs.  You will also have the opportunity to work on internal collections, both alongside colleagues and, often, external designers.  Here at Gainsborough we offer a bespoke design service and pride ourselves on high-end quality fabrics.  As a designer you will be central to ensuring that Gainsborough retains this reputation.   It is a very exciting time at Gainsborough and this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to further their understanding of woven textiles and who is looking for a longer term career path.   The applicant should have degree-level education ideally with a woven textile pathway specialism; experience would be highly regarded.


Applications should be addressed to Dominique Caplan; please email your CV to dominique@gainsborough.co.uk or write to us at Gainsborough Weaving, Alexandra Road, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2XH.

Closing date – 1st July 2018

Interviews from 3rd July – 11th July