Sneak Peak in our Mill: Pattern Room

Lesley Stead has worked for Joshua Ellis for 33 years joining us in the scarf processing department before moving to the pattern room in 1997.  The pattern room is where the presentation of fabrics is organised for approval cuttings, selling sets, and customer selections following market visits and exhibitions such as Ideabiella and Premiere Vision.

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Lesley’s favourite part of the job is making customer selections. This includes a number of stages with the average size of selection taking around two hours to make; Firstly the fabrics which have been chosen by the customer are picked, this is followed by gimping the fabrics, taping the card and sticking the fabrics down. This is then followed by cross-checking them to the master record then writing the quality/design/shade numbers on the card. Once the vital stages have been done, a price list is added, the package is then wrapped up, weighed and is then in preparation with the courier.  Lesley loves to see which styles are most popular each season and says ‘I love to see the different qualities of fabric well presented’.

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In her spare time, Lesley studies the history of Joshua Ellis, keeping her own archive of press cuttings and marketing materials, and searching for new sources of information.  ‘I am proud to work for a company that has been going for so long’.

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