February has been a busy month for us at Stitch by Stitch, working on our business strategy for the year as well as dealing with increasing numbers of orders.
But it's always important to make time to get out there and see what's going on in the wider world of design and craft, and popping in to The New Craftsmen in Mayfair, London, on a regular basis always gives me a jolt of inspiration and faith in the value of the handmade over mass-produced objects.
There's an ever-changing display of products from The New Craftsmen's stable of exceptional British artists, and always something new to discover. The display and atmosphere of the showroom is also delightful - a welcome respite from the gaudy commercialism of nearby Oxford Street!
Here I share a few snaps I took of Lorna Singleton's utilitarian but poetic basketry which is based on traditional basket shapes from the south of Cumbria, gorgeous knitted textiles from The Good Shepherd and a piece of slipware from Oxford ceramicist Dylan Bowen.