Custom Weaving & Bespoke Fabrics


John England is designer and weaver based in Northern Ireland. These abilities enable us to offer custom weaving, bespoke fabrics and short run linens created specifically to your own design requirements. Best of all we can do this fast; one or two weeks for a custom order, ready to use, is not unusual.

We work mainly with linen warps, but use many different fibres in the weft. These include linen, hemp, cotton and recycled cotton, wool, polyester, etc.

Hemp, which is an underestimated fibre, is gaining much greater prominance in our ranges.

We can also supply your own custom piece dyed colours for minimums of only 150 metres. Special dyed weft fabrics can be woven for as little as 12 metres if you select from one of our stock coloured yarns.

Please call us now to discuss your custom weaving and bespoke fabrics and limited edition design requirements.


Stiffened canvas Irish Linens remains a popular choice with many of John England’s niche clients. Uses include canvases for artists, cross-stitch and needle arts; luggage covering, book cloth, filtration, printing, framing and light aviation. As always, our design team is on-hand to discuss your specific requirements.


Over the years, John England has established an enviable reputation for pre-washed linen that is shrunk and softened in a fully stock supported range.  We also offer other finishes that give a soft luxurious handle and our design team can discuss this in more detail with you.

Please note that whilst washing does add value and offer the user a softer, shrunk fabric it does also add significant costs to a given length of fabric. As well as the costs of washing, drying and handling, there are the extra costs involved in the shrinkage of the fabric by up to 15%+. So to buy 100 metres of washed fabric you will have to pay for maybe 118 metres of unwashed fabric.

For practical reasons fabric washing is in 20-30 metre lengths.


We offer this service to our interiors collection.

In the United Kingdom the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 (as amended in 1989, 1993 and 2010) set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. These are UK law designed to make sure that upholstery components and composites used for furniture supplied in the UK meet specified ignition resistance levels and are suitable labelled. Curtain fabrics should also comply with the required fire safety regulations.

There are many companies which can flame-proof fabrics in cut lengths or rolls to meet the fire safety regulations. Upholstery companies, or companies which make-up finished goods for upholstery or curtain end-uses must comply with these regulations.

John England does not supply these finishes as standard as we are often unaware of the end use. If in doubt please discuss with our sales team.


John England can supply fabrics for a range of end uses (click here for more on end uses). Most of our fabrics are linen or linen blends.We keep minimum orders sizes, for stock items, to 6 metre, and our minimum custom dye run of 150 metres. We can also supply larger orders up to thousands of metres.

Our minimum weaving order for specialist fabrics is 30 metres. However, on a one-off basis we will  weave down to 12 metres for a sample order.

Larger orders attract discounts, whilst smaller orders can be more expensive to produce.