Kirsty McDougall Woven Textiles is a textile design studio specialising in weaving based in Dalston, London. We are equipped with two dobby looms and and a jacquard loom off site. We provide fabric prototypes, handwoven meterage and consultancy services.

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Kirsty McDougall has worked in textile design for 18 years, beginning as a freelance designer for the fashion and interiors industries. 

She co-founded Dashing Tweeds in 2006, where she designs seasonal fabric collections and liaises with manufacturers. Kirsty co-founded Rare Thread in 2017 and continues to work globally across many sectors on woven textiles, consultancy and creative projects. She has an expressive and painterly approach utilising multiple techniques and materials. She is a versatile and adaptive designer who loves problem solving and working in collaboration with others.

Kirsty has taught for many years on BA and MA courses including running the Weave Department at the Royal College of Art for 3 years. Research interests include the application of new technologies to woven structures, localised supply chains and manufacture and collaborative design process. 


Sally Holditch is a woven designer & creative consultant with a wealth of experience across commercial and couture fashion. A graduate of the University of Brighton, Sally has gone on to work at several major weaving studios across the UK with a focus on jacquard construction and innovative design. Sally’s interests include textile conservation, education and sustainability. 

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