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Wool House

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A few weeks ago I was asked to loan a couple of pieces for a top secret photoshoot for the Campaign For Wool.  I jumped at the chance, partly because I just adore the Campaign For Wool full stop, but also because the stylist mentioned that Katie Sparrow was involved and I knew this was going to be a fun project.

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Since that first photoshoot, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the reveal of Campaign for Wool’s ‘Wool BnB’, and I haven’t been disappointed.  Every photo I have seen shows that the house is beautifully styled with stunning works by some of the top artisans working in wool.  In particular I have always admired the work of Allistair Covell. I’m getting to go and visit next week when the BnB is officially open.  But in the meantime here are some of the official photographs.

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Back to work lazy bones

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I’ve recently realised that I’ve been off work for 3 years.  I didn’t know it at the time, and it sure as hell didn’t feel like I wasn’t working, in fact, I’ve worked on some massive projects, done 2 trade shows, exported chairs and throws to 5 different countries and written 2 knitting books oh and had 2 children and moved house.  Yet when I sat on the toy box the other day and Jai’s tractor shouted back at me from the depths “back to work Lazy bones” something rang true.

Re adjusting to my now restricted working hours is something that I really struggle with.  I love my work !  I mean really really love it, which means that I have happily worked though the day and night on countless occasions.  I can’t do that anymore, in fact I have entire days that I am committed to spending with my kids, promising not to check my phone or pick up needles (until the go to bed and I slip quietly into the studio.)

So I’d better get to work then!

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rocking sheep rule

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It may have seemed very quiet over here for the last few months, but other than looking after my baby son Jai, I’ve also been developing new products with some dedicated British craftsmen. One of whom is John Garner. John has been working with me to make a unique handcrafted rocking sheep (inspired by a product I created for The Handknitted Nursery Book). These are some pictures he sent to me of his work in progress – I’m so excited to be knitting a cover for her.


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The Handknitted Nursery

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Imagine my excitement to open the package containing my second book; The Hand-Knitted Nursery.  I handed the work to the publishers a week before my son was born, and I hope it is a tribute to a wonderful first 6 months I have spent with him, now back to work!


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LDF

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For London Design Festival 2013 I have been commissioned by Danish design brand BoConcept to re-style its Imola chair for charity.

The results are currently on show at the company’s Tottenham Court Road store and will be auctioned off with proceeds going to Kids Company, a charity that works with children and young people.


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pop up is open

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We are here at 53 Monmouth Street until the 3rd April 2013.


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Pop up for easter

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Hand knit your home

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I’m very excited to announce that my first book will be published by Cico books in March 2013.  Now available to pre-order, the book shows step by step instructions for knitting projects for the home (including a few of my favourite pieces from my collection).


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Wolf and Badger ‘Wool Week’

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Wool Week is the annual highlight of The Campaign for Wool which takes place every Autumn around the world.  Celebrating the best of wool across fashion, interiors and artisan communities, the focus of Wool Week is to show  the amazing capabilities of the world’s most natural and versatile fibre.  This year Wolf and Badger have asked me to present my work in their Dover Street window.  I will also be knitting in the window on Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th October.


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‘Knitted’ flooring

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Now I know this sounds crazy, but we’ve done it, and I think it looks pretty cute!  Ok so it’s not actually knitted – that would need really really long knitting needles!  The very clever people at Printed Space have taken my knits and printed them onto a cushioned vinyl tile to make a cosy floor effect.  The full range will be available soon, but in the meantime drop me an email if you would like any more information.


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‘Knitted’ wallpaper

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At Tent London I showcased a new collaboration of wallpapers developed with Emilie O’Connor from 009 textiles.

The collection starts with beautiful prints in classic colour ways with a subtle twist; a long knit, a chunky cable knit in cream & yellow, grey & purple or grey & blue, and a diamond repeat, in grey, cream, mint and pink, each over sized to give depth and texture to an otherwise ”white wall”

We are currently printing stock, but if you have any questions please get in touch!


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Melanie Porter in NY for Campaign For Wool

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The Campaign for Wool turned Bryant Park into a woolly wonderland in order to promote the use of wool.  And they took 3 of our chairs on a trip to the Big Apple to help illustrate it’s many uses.  The Campaign was initiated by the Prince of Wales, who had observed that the wool industry was facing enormous and unprecedented challenges. I’d love to hear the reaction from any Americans who visited this event!


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