Apprentice Jessica Fraser joined the Joshua Ellis team in September 2017, and is working towards her Level 3 in Textile Manufacture at the Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence. Jess started in the fabric and scarf inspection department, and is now being trained to colour match fibre dyed yarns and process production orders.
Interviews for ‘QEST’ are also imminent, a scholarship program established by the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association to champion excellence in British craftmanship.
On a daily basis Jess carries out quality inspections of fabric and scarves produced in our mill, as well as shadowing our colour matcher, Dave Kenny.
Once fibres are selected and dyed, our colour matchers put them through a miniature carding machine, the USTER MDTA3 which washes the fibres and converts them into a felt pad. The felt pad is then presented to the design team for approval under a daylight bulb. If the shade is incorrect then other colours are used to tweak the shade, repeating this process until the correct colour match is achieved.
Jess is enjoying learning new skills, some of which are passed on through generations, and some are skills exclusive to Joshua Ellis as a speciality UK manufacturer.
Regular support and education from the Huddersfield Textile Centre of Excellence during her apprenticeship has helped Jess gain a broader overview of the textile industry in addition to a set of specialist skills.
Jess’s favourite Joshua Ellis product is the signature red ripple finish cashmere stole!