John started the Mill nineteen years ago, along with his wife Juliet. John Arbon Textiles is based on a very simple concept: a return to old-style textile manufacture by sustainably sourcing raw fibre locally, wherever possible, and converting it in the UK into high quality tops and yarns, rather than racking up air miles by chasing the cheapest available labour. John has painstakingly collected and lovingly restored every one of his machines – rescuing many from old, traditional mills as they closed down. During the week, he can often be found rummaging about inside
one of his much-loved machines (each named, to reflect their quirks, as they become part of the family) – tinkering with gears, belts, oil levels or adjusting cogs. Keeping them going is a time-consuming business, but we reckon that the resulting woolly treats are well worth it.
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