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Designing your own Pattern

I had a huge clear out of my fabric cupboard recently (again). I am struggling a little to find the time to pop my precious fabric online but I don’t much mind seeing it filled to the brim every time I walk into my studio – just remind me not to buy any more (I […]

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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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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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TARTAN OF ALL TYPES

Oh no. I’m positively Tartan mad. I want tartan on my spare bedroom headboard, appliquéd scottie dogs and highland cattle on cushions, vintage wool blankets – hell, I’m even suggesting tartan on commissions and am currently popping some on some arms of a club chair for a client. 1. Some of my vintage tartan pieces […]

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ANTIQUE TEXTILES FROM 1850’S

Whoops. Sorry about that. Been a little bit of time since my last blog. Its because I’ve been a bit wrapped up in the most exciting thing EVER to happen to something fine and that is designing and decorating my BRAND NEW WORKSHOP. Ah, just can’t wait to share it with you. That will be […]

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BOOK REVIEW: V&A PATTERN LIBERTY & CO

My Mum bought me this dinky little book for Christmas. She must have sneaked it in her shopping bag when we visited Liberty together in December. The book, called ‘V&A Pattern Liberty & Co. is a historical look back at how Liberty began, and more importantly, a catalogue of the Liberty fabrics held at the […]

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MAD ABOUT MARUSHKA

A couple of years ago I was at a carboot and I bought the most amazing screen printed image. At the time I didn’t know anything about the name that was scribbled on the bottom but it oozed 70’s appeal so I had to have it. The owner told me he had brought it whilst […]

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BRITISH TEXTILE INDUSTRY – OLD BLEACH LINEN

I was in Northern Ireland this weekend visiting my beloved cousin and her gorgeous new baby. Not one to miss out on the chance to pick up some vintage fabric, I stumbled upon a little book store with a vintage section and picked up a huge piece of 60’s unused linen by ‘Old Bleach’ a […]

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NATIONAL TEXTILE ARCHIVE AT KEW

I was watching the Genius of Design last Friday night – it’s an excellent five part series produced by the BBC showing what design is and how it affects our lives. I just had to take some (slightly skewiff) ‘on screen’ pictures on a section about William Morris.  As part of the Morris review they […]

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DEC(ORATE) THE HALLS

Phewww…I made it to Christmas! Hall is decorated, turkey dinner eaten and many presents opened…oh and a lot of Baileys consumed. I can now look forward to a New Year and concentrate on all things fabric. Yipeeeee.

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