Woven Horse Hair
I’m one of just a handful of people worldwide who weaves horse hair. Using an ancient technique which probably dates right back to the 6th century BC, I weave a very fine, strong ribbon band from horse tail hair - only the thickness of a single hair. Because the ribbon band is so thin, it lends itself to inlaying into fine jewellery which is light and elegant, yet strong and wearable.
The Burnished Horse woven horse hair collection includes beautiful woven ribbon bracelets and inlaid woven rings, torque bangles, pins, pendants and cufflinks. My unique hand made designs start off life in my sketchbook and I work with one of the UK’s most skilled casting companies to craft my jewellery in burnished platinum, gold and sterling silver.
Natural, untreated horse hair comes in many colours and, juxtaposed, the different hues, shades and tones form extraordinarily intricate patterns in the weave. The addition of metallic threads and wires and coloured silk threads expand the decorative possibilities.
Plain horse hair of itself is quite beautiful when married with burnished precious metals. Our understated and classic Crinoline weaves showcase single colour horse hair or two or more colours blended together in the weave to create a repeating mottled effect. "Crin" is of course French for "horse hair" and traditionally horse hair was woven into a stiff fabric, called "crinoline", which was used to stiffen ladies' underskirts and dress linings.
Our Brocade pieces adds a flash of gold or silver to plain hair. "Brocade" is a richly decorative, luxury fabric often woven with metallic thread. We incorporate into the woven horse hair band real gold and silver thread spun for us by Benton & Johnson, one of the last traditional bullion thread suppliers in the UK, as well as weaving with gold and silver wires of a similar gauge to horse hair.
Our Racing Silks designs add a dash of colour to plain horse hair and pay hommage to the Sport of Kings.
"One of the privileges of racehorse ownership is designing the racing colours, sometimes referred to as 'silks',
and then seeing them worn by the jockey on your horse.", Weatherbys
Choose from 18 different shades of Japanese kimono silk thread based on the officially approved Weatherbys racing
colours. Famous combinations include the Godolphin blue and Her Majesty The Queen's iconic purple, red and gold.
With a nod to traditional British tailoring fabrics, we create a wide range of patterns for our exclusive jewellery, including Tweeds, Stripes and tiny repeating Motifs.
There are many patterns to choose from:
Tweeds: including Classic Tweed, Herringbone, Houndstooth & Trimming
Motifs: including Double U, Arrows, Chevrons & Chessboard
Stripes: Blanket Stripes (irregular stripes, inspired by the famous Witney or Newmarket blankets), Pin Stripes, Chalk Stripes
Gaucho: our take on the popular Argentinian leather belts, including Polo, Pampas and Fuego