Shiv Textiles - Sustainable Textiles from Brighton

by Siobhan Martin in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th March 2020 we successfully raised £11,580 with 154 supporters in 28 days

Help me grow my business. I craft with a conscience, using waste from British mills. I’m on a mission to throw away our throwaway culture.

by Siobhan Martin in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If I raise the full amount and more, I would invest it in additional weaving equipment which would allow me to teach more in-depth weaving courses and workshops. The equipment would also allow me to do more of my own weaving in house, creating more sustainable products. 

The extra funds would go toward a larger studio space. This space would allow me to host more workshops for larger groups. I have a clear vision for future marketing and content creation. I would use additional funds to work with some of the best local photographers and creatives to make this happen.   

Help us grow and spread the word of sustainable textiles and well being through craft.  


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Hi, I'm Siobhan the founder of Shiv Textiles and it's a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for taking the time to consider my fundraiser.

I launched Shiv Textiles in April 2018 when I moved into Rodhus Creative Studio in Brighton. My vision was a contemporary textiles studio with sustainability at the forefront. Slowly and organically my independent business has grown to the point of specialising in ethical woven textiles, short courses and workshops, unique contemporary homewares and lifestyle products that are designed to educate and complement their environments.  

The studio aims to rediscover how local businesses can thrive alongside global manufacturing companies. The key to supporting our community is producing locally while inspiring and investing in creative community-driven craft workshops. I am committed to celebrating the art of weaving whilst simultaneously reinventing elements of the craft to make my pieces unique. Over time I have increased the efficiency of my production processes, with careful consideration of my environmental impact.

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My journey began as an intern within the textiles and fashion industry whilst studying at the University of Brighton. I saw the amount of waste that was left behind and knew I had to start designing in a different way. I started contacting British mills & factories and buying their deadstock by the kg, this includes yarns, zips, threads, leather and buttons. This way of creating products never gets boring as you have to think on your feet and design with what you have. Every box of up-cycled materials that lands in my studio is a small personal victory to me. The materials that I receive are used in my weaving workshops and to create handwoven cushions, blankets and scarves. Any leftover fabric from these products gets turned into purses and pouches making us an entirely zero-waste company! I want to change the perceptions of upcycled and sustainable products have to be beige and boring. I want to honour the beauty of the fabric by educating customers about their origin. I do this by celebrating their unique worth in both my products and during my workshops.

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Its time to grow and I have big dreams. I have a clear and exciting vision of what the next chapter is for Shiv Textiles. The support from this crowdfunder would enable me to invest in new equipment, which could increase production levels allowing me to save more deadstock from entering landfill.

Recently demands have been growing for more in-depth weaving workshops. Currently, I offer beginner's workshops where people learn the basics on my handheld looms. My customers are provided an insight into the art of weaving and for some this develops into a new interest. In order to be able to provide further tuition, I would need additional tabletop looms. 

I would like to engage more with the local community by running external workshops in places such as schools and mental health facilities. The focus would be to educate and explore the positive effect crafts could have on people’s mental wellbeing. Equally engagement in the workshops would create a greater sense of unity between the members taking part. Funding would allow me to place wholesale orders of weaving kits. The kits that I designed are currently created by a local laser cutting business, which is located in the same studio as me. Larger orders means lower cost, which provides me with the flexibility to sell packaged deals at reduced rates to these local communities. I would like to work closely with a skilled illustrator to develop a clear instruction booklet that would be suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Breakdown Cost: 

Tabletop looms, Shuttles, Reeds, Bobbin Winders, Heddles - £3000-£6000

Steam iron and bed - £550

Weaving kits production including packing & yarns. Development of booklet and Printing- £1500

Additional Money: 

Paid Advertising - £1000

Content Creation & Website development  - £1500

Yarns and other upcycled materials for future production & workshop  - £200-£500

Sustainable packing - £200

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I am offering a range of different rewards which are all designed and made in Brighton. From coin purses to cushions, there is something for everyone. My rewards are perfect as gifts or treats for yourself. Feel free to check out my products on my website - www.shivtextiles.co.uk

If you have any questions about the rewards, how to donate or want to find out more about Shiv Textiles. Please get in touch! I would love to hear from you and show you around my studio.

Hello@shivtextiles.co.uk

By supporting my independent, women-led business, you can join the modern makers’ movement against fast fashion. Together we can empower and make a positive environmental impact and encourage well being in an unusual form.

Follow my journey on Instagram - @shiv_textiles

or visit my website at www.shivtextiles.co.uk

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£100 or more

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Unique Handwoven Goodie Set!

You will receive a unique handwoven cushion, a purse and a set of 4 coasters. Perfect to give to a loved one as a gift or to keep all for yourself. You will also receive a handprinted thank you card for supporting my business. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £7 - please add at checkout.

£5 or more

Thank You!

As a thank you for supporting my business you will receive a thank you email with updates on my weaving journey with future offers and competitions.

£10 or more

Thank You Card

As a thank you for supporting my business, you will receive a hand-printed thank you card and a handwoven coaster in the post.

£12 or more

Give a gift to an NHS frontline worker!

I will donate a medium handwoven purse (normally £20) to a frontline NHS worker with a handmade card with your name on it, saying thank you for your hard work at this challenging time! Brighten up someone's day with a special gift!

£15 or more

Unique Handwoven Coin Purse

Keep your coins and your credit cards safe in one of my unique handwoven zip coin purses. You will also receive a handprinted thank you card for supporting my business. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £3 - please add at checkout.

£20 or more

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Weaving Workshop Voucher for 1 person

Save £5 when you book on my crowdfunding page for a beginners' weaving workshop! The perfect gift for Mother's Day. This 3-hour workshop is normally £25 per person! If you Pledge £20 you can come and learn the basics of weaving, explore different fibres and craft a range of simple and effective techniques. If you pledge £40 you get to take home a weaving kit after the workshop with a selection of yarns for your next artistic piece!⁠

£20 or more

£20 Voucher!

Don't need (another!) cushion or blanket now? Buy a gift card to give businesses an immediate boost and redeem it later. We have digital gift cards available from £20.

£20 or more

Give a frontline NHS worker a weaving gift!

I will donate a weaving kit with a selection of yarns (normally £25) to a frontline NHS worker with a handmade card with your name on it, saying thank you for your hard work at this challenging time! Brighten up someone's day with a special gift!

£25 or more

Weaving Kit & A Selection Of Yarns!

Weaving is a great hobby to do at home and the perfect gift for a friend or family member. This handheld frame loom is great for weaving wall hanging, coaster and bookmarks. The weaving kit will come with the new instruction booklet which will be created with some of the funds raised. Outer: 21cm x 19cm, Inner working space: 17cm x 13cm. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £5.

£30 or more

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Unique Handwoven Larger Purse Or Pouch

​Be effortlessly organised and stylish with one of my unique handwoven purses. Handwoven in Brighton using redundant or dead stock from the professional industry. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £5 - please add at checkout. ​

£40 or more

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Weaving Workshop for 1 Person + Weaving Kit

Save £10 when you book on my crowdfunding page for a beginners' weaving workshop plus take your own weaving kit home with you! The perfect gift for Mother's Day. This 3-hour workshop is normally £25 per person and a weaving kit is normal £25!

£50 or more

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Give a gift to an NHS frontline worker!

I will donate a handwoven cushion (normally £70) to a frontline NHS worker with a handmade card with your name on it, saying thank you for your hard work at this challenging time! Brighten up someone's day with a special gift!

£55 or more

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Large Weaving Kit & A Selection Of Yarns!

This larger handheld frame loom is great for weaving wall hangings. The weaving kit will come with the new instruction booklet which will be created with some of the funds raised. Outer: 59cm x 49cm, Inner working space: 52cm x 42cm. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £8 - please add at checkout.

£70 or more

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Unique Handwoven Cushion

Accent your home with one of my unique cushions, handwoven in Brighton using sustainably sourced, quality yarn. These cushions will put you in a great mood every time you walk through the front door with their story and tactile nature. Size ranges - 35x50cm & 40x40cm. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £7 - please add at checkout.

£110 or more

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5 hour Freestyle Weaving

Play around with colour and different fibres on a freestyle weaving workshop. The warp will be set up for you on the loom, so you can start weaving straight away. Learn different patterns and how a tabletop or floor loom works. We have lots of yarns to play around with, so you can take your time to develop your own style.

£120 or more

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Handwoven Bolster Double Cushion

Make your sofa or bed even cosier with one of my handwoven bolster double cushions. A beautiful way to update and add texture to your living space. 120x35cm / 110x40cm - UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £10 - please add at checkout.

£140 or more

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Handwoven Blanket Scarf

Ensure warmth during the cold months and embrace comfort with one of my blanket wrap scarves. Handwoven in Brighton with lambswool upcycled from British mills. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £10 - please add at checkout.

£200 or more

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Weaving Workshop Party For 8 People

Learn the basics of weaving during a 3-hour weaving workshop for you and your friends in our Brighton studio. Create your own wonderful wall hanging in this beginner's classes. Working on a small handheld frame loom, you'll learn how to start and finish weaves, explore different fibres and craft a range of simple and effective techniques.

£200 or more

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Full Day (8 Hours) Technical Weaving Workshop

A full-day weaving workshop is perfect for those wanting to expand their technical weaving knowledge. Learn to make your own warp, set up the loom and spend the rest of the day weaving your heart out!

£245 or more

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Unique Blanket/Throw

Offering unique extra textural detail, patterns and colours to your home with my collection of woven blankets & throws. UK shipping is included in the price, however international shipping requires an additional £15 - please add at checkout.

£300 or more

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Weaving Workshop at a location of your choose

Perfect for birthdays or hen parties! I will teach you and 8-10 friends (max) the basics of weaving during a 3-hour weaving workshop. Create your own wonderful wall hanging in this beginner's classes. You'll learn how to start and finish weaves, explore different fibres and craft a range of simple and effective techniques.​ This price is with a 40-mile radius of Brighton. Please get in contact if you are interested but are further out.

£500 or more

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Brighton Crafty Hen Party - Weaving Workshop

A crafty hen party experience for you and 10-15 friends. Learn the basics of weaving during a 3-hour weaving workshop. Create your own wonderful wall hanging in this beginner's classes. Working on a small handheld frame loom, you'll learn how to start and finish weaves, explore different fibres and craft a range of simple and effective techniques.​ Drinks & sweet treats included.

£1,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor

You will get a special mention on my "About Us" page under "Contributors" for a year. As well as your logo with a link to your website being at the bottom of every newsletter for a year. You will get a range of Shiv Textiles products.

£2,500 or more

Corporate Sponsor

You will get a special mention on my "About Us" page under "Contributors" for 3 years. As well as your logo with a link to your website being at the bottom of every newsletter for 2 years. You will get a range of Shiv Textiles products and 15% off any future orders for 2 years.

£5,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor

You will get a special mention on my "About Us" page under "Contributors" for 5 years. As well as your logo with a link to your website being at the bottom of every newsletter for 3 years. You will get a range of Shiv Textiles products and you will get to enjoy 15% off any future orders for 2 years.

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