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09 January 2017

Detta Textiles to make its CRAFT at Top Drawer debut, with Design Factory at Olympia, London

Top Drawer (Craft), 15-17 January, Stand C-H28, Olympia, London

Detta Textiles' innovative and exciting range of lambswool knitwear, wraps, throws, scarves and clutch bags is being showcased at Top Drawer for the first time this year.

The range will feature alongside fellow Design Factory members on stand C-H28 in the CRAFT section of the show.

Detta Textiles gained membership of the Design Factory in December 2016 -a leading UK creative development agency, based at the National Centre for Craft and Design, which promotes artistic integrity, raises the standard of craft and design and commercially supports and develops the best designer makers in craft practice today.

Company founder and textile designer Berni Raeside-Bell said: "I was absolutely delighted to be accepted as a member of Design Factory and am even more excited to be exhibiting with the team for the first time this year.

"The Detta brand represents the best in Heritage Craft Knitwear, which makes it perfect for the CRAFT section at Top Drawer. Our knitted products range from heirloom blankets to clothing and accessories, all made to the same high quality with colours inspired by our rich island heritage.

"We've also been shortlisted in the prestigious Gift of the Year awards and will find out the results in February, so 2017 is getting off to a brilliant start so far!"

New for CRAFT at Top Drawer 2017

Berni will be launching NEW products and colourways for both SS17 and AW17 at the show, including:

  • Fairisle ‘Shorties' - Following on from a very successful launch of the original one-colour lambswool and boucle ‘shortie' Detta is launching a new range of Fairisle shorties, with an all-over two-colour fairisle knitted design. Developed and designed by Berni, the Detta ‘Shortie' is a new and innovative way of wearing a short scarf, smart enough to wear for work on chilly days without compromising your style.

  • ‘Wristies' - fingerless mittens made to match Detta's scarves, shorties and snoods.

The knitwear range also includes scarves, snoods and wraps, all handmade on vintage framework knitting machines at Detta's studio in South Derbyshire and Berni uses British-spun lambswool sourced from local mills.

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About Detta

Our studio is based in Kegworth Village (on the Leicestershire/ Nottinghamshire/ Derbyshire border), which has a deep rooted history in framework knitting, with many families in the village up to the 1960's involved in a thriving cottage industry, knitting stockings and socks in their homes on framework machines for the larger factory. With the development of technology, this Kegworth industry died out and so Detta Textiles is very proud to be now knitting once again on framework machines in the heart of the village. 

We only use 100% British spun lambs' wool and use craft yarns interspersed in certain designs, sourced locally in the UK.

Each knitted item is carefully handmade, washed, felted if required and hand finished in the studio. Each item is then packaged carefully and our lambs' wool felted wraps come boxed so that they can be looked after and handed down as an heirloom, just like the Aran sweaters that inspired them.

Our studio is open every Friday and Saturday mornings to the public.


Detta's colours are mostly inspired by the windswept and craggy coastlines of Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles as well as the flora and fauna that inhabit that landscape. Berni's upbringing in Dublin, a bustling metropolitan capital, can also be seen in the patterns she creates, reflecting the historical as well as modern architecture we see in cities today.


Berni's designs were selected by the Design & Craft Council of Ireland for the Global Irish Design Competition exhibition at Dublin castle in 2016 and will be installed at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Kilkenny in February 2017. Berni will also be giving a talk at the centre this year on sustainability in textile design and manufacture later this Spring as part of the Craft council of Ireland's Spring schedule.



Photo caption:The Detta brand represents the best in Heritage Craft Knitwear, inspired by our rich island heritage(A further selection of high res photos is available on request)



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