At the cutting room table: meet our Portuguese flannelette

Every good cook knows the secret to a great meal is to start with the finest ingredients.

This principle also applies to making premium bed linen.

The story of our search for the best flannel begins in a medium sized, family owned weaving mill in the seaside town of Porto in Portugal, where we create our Howlett and Longfield flannelette sheeting.

This particular mill has been weaving and exporting flannel fabric to the world for over 80 years. They are recognised globally for the quality of their product and are rightly proud of their long heritage spanning generations.

We design the bed linen we wish to create in our Sheridan Sydney Design Studio, and the Portuguese mill sets about creating the bed linen we are after.

The process.

They always begin with the very best ingredient: Egyptian cotton.

This beautiful long staple fibre is combed and spun into a fine yarn suitable for flannel and is woven into a twill pattern. The yarns have now become a fabric which is called greige. It needs to be washed and cleaned and washed again before being rolled and re rolled.

It is then passed through the napper. This machine uses banks of rapidly revolving cylinders of fine wire brushes, to raise the fibres from the loosely twisted yarns (usually the fill) to the surface, to make the nap.

The last step in the process is called sanforisation. This control shrinkage to under 1% for the life of the fabric.

The story of our search for the best flannel begins in a medium sized, family owned weaving mill in the seaside town of Porto in Portugal.

Palettes of the season.

The best ingredients, combined with the knowledge and skills of these weavers, gave us this seasons beautiful neutral colour palette. Our sheets are available in soft tone of winter white Chalk and a deeper neutral, Stone.

This season we are also introducing a new key piece, a striking jacquard, woven as a yarn dyed modern check, in coordinating tones of Stone & Chalk, using a beautiful Anthracite Grey grid to highlight the graphic nature of the check.

The hand feel, the quality and the longevity of our flannel make our journey more than worthwhile and also give us the satisfaction of knowing that we can share with you the work of dedicated artisans and weavers from family owned weaving mill, in the seaside town of Porto in Portugal.