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French Brocantes and My Finds

The summer holidays seem a distant memory but the excitement of travelling to a plethora of French Brocantes in August still remains. Every summer I make the trip across to Cherbourg from Poole and then onwards to Bordeaux to stay in my Mum’s house in the Charentes. On route, I pick up a copy of Antiquites […]

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Upholstery Time Lapse

I’ve been working hard in The Upholstery Studio creating a time lapse of each of the projects I am upholstering for my Book. Here’s is the first of the time lapses for the Patchwork Nursery Chair.

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My Story: From Office Girl to Upholsterer

I had a revelation the other day – a sort of life changing moment… I attended this posh event called The Venus Awards in Poole, Dorset. The room was filled with these fabulous glamorous and successful women from across the county. I watched as each nominee was called up on stage to deliver their speech- I […]

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A Book Deal and More…

If you follow me on twitter, facebook or instagram (yes I think that covers all spheres..no wait..Pinterest too!) You will know I’ve just signed a book deal. Weeeehhh! Very excited to tell you my upholstery book is due out July 2015. I’ve had lots of people through my studio doors of late. Last weekend I […]

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My New Sewing Machine

“ This book is dedicated to women and girls – especially to teachers of sewing everywhere – who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose” When I read the […]

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Upholstery Workshop – March 2014

Saturday March 8th saw my second Upholstery workshop and I had four lovely ladies in creating something special with a tatty piece of furniture and a yummy piece of fabric. 1. The girls in action on an ottoman, footstool and stool, and Lindy working hard on her iron frame.

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Frederick Parker To Parker Knoll

Last year when visiting the Second Sitters Exhibition at The Cass, I was lucky enough to get access into their archive of chairs on loan by the Federick Parker Foundation. At the time I thought I would save the pictures for a future post, and then – of course – I forgot…only to be reminded […]

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One Day Upholstery Classes

They’re finally here! My one day upholstery classes. They will be held monthly from Saturday 8th February 2014.  What’s included in the price? *All tools and materials (stuffing, wadding, calico) will be provided as part of the fee. You will need to bring along the piece of furniture you wish to upholster and some yummy […]

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How to Make a Roll Up Blind

I thought I’d share with you how I made my stenciled stag roll up blind for my spare room. It’s one of the easiest blinds you can make for a window. So if you have little patience for curtain making (like me!), its a good choice of dressing. Please note I am not a curtain […]

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Christmas in London Town

Oh London, how I adore your Christmassy lights and festive feel in December. I just love Christmas time in London. For a few years now my Mum and two sisters have met for the weekend over my Mums birthday and stayed in the gorgeous Covent Garden Hotel on Monmouth Street. The hotel is designed by […]

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