I’m so pleased to be able to show you the final details of Celebrate Winter, a small collection of handmade products that bring together everything that this most festive of seasons means to me. All the items shown below are now available to purchase in my shop. I hope that the products speak for themselves, but I’ve added a few words on the design process that led to each of them.
Plastic free living has been a part of my family’s life for a couple of years now, and times of celebration can be a huge challenge when it comes to reducing waste. Enter furoshiki - Japanese wrapping cloth. It is both eco friendly and beautiful, but the problem I always ran into when buying furoshiki was that it was either too small for anything larger than a pair of cufflinks, or horrible cheap see through fabric. My furoshiki sets contain a selection of sizes big enough for proper sized presents, and are made from luxurious double faced pure linen - one of the world’s most sustainable fabrics. If you want a little guidance on how to tie them, I've put together a whole Pinterest board of inspiration.
Every party starts and ends in the kitchen, right? I often wear an apron from dawn to dusk anyway, but this is never more true than during the festive season, to protect from life’s little spills, and having an apron that I love as much as my clothes means I don’t feel like the kitchen skivvy. My aprons are made from pure linen and sewn with organic thread for maximum sustainability.
Winter means gatherings, shared meals and memories made around the table. A beautiful linen napkin elevates even the simplest meal to special occasion. Originally I planned to embroider these with a winter flower, but eventually settled on the simplest of winter symbols for the hand embroidery (did you know: The true measure of the quality of hand embroidery is how neat it is on the back, not just the front, especially on something like a napkin where the back will be on regular show). Made from pure stonewashed linen, these napkins have a luxurious feel without being overly stuffy and formal.
The first product conceived, and the cornerstone of this celebration of Winter. For me, the celebration of a season is in the quiet moments at least as much as the parties, and snuggling under a quilt on the sofa with a new book has always been a huge part of this season (with both my birthday and Christmas in December, a new book is always more or less a winter certainty for me!). Made from carefully chosen cotton velvet and pure linen, sewn with pure organic cotton and airily quilted for maximum cosy, this quilt is everything I love in fabric and lifestyle wrapped up together.
Because I want to run my business as sustainably as possible, using up every last scrap of fabric is really important so as not to waste the resources I have available to me. So I’ve been working on a small collection of little ornaments and zip pouches which both make ideal festive treats. I’ll be listing these in the early part of next week as part of the #meetthemakerweek celebrations on instagram - a great hashtag to get to know some of the amazing indie businesses out there. I’ll be hanging out there next week showing some more of the process and phases that go into putting together a product range.
Remember, you can shop all of the above right here. There are only one or two of each item, so do grab something if you love it.