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Christmas Shopping at The Fairytale Forest at The New Craftsmen

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Bowls by Zoë Hillyard & Eleanor Lakelin, Mohair & Merino Throw by Georgia Kemball and ceramic animals by Sophie Woodrow

Bowls by Zoë Hillyard & Eleanor Lakelin, Mohair & Merino Throw by Georgia Kemball and ceramic animals by Sophie Woodrow

I'm a big fan of retailers pushing the boundaries of the shopping experience.  Our American cousins have been slightly ahead of the curve for some time with unique concept store The Apartment, a fully furnished SoHo loft in New York, and an apartment in Los Angeles, where everything, even the toothpaste in the bathroom, is for sale!  Read more on Remodelista.

In London, retailer of the very best in British craft, The New Craftsmen, has created something very interesting and fun to help with Christmas shopping this year.  Their Mayfair showroom has been transformed into a Fairytale Forest, with magical illustrated calico trees and a series of styled vignettes which have transformed the interior of the shop into a sort of life-size pop-up book you can wander through, selecting items for purchase as you go!  

Ceramics by Nicola Tassie

Ceramics by Nicola Tassie

Taking inspiration from The Maker's Tales, a story written exclusively for The New Craftsmen by Sara Maitland, the showroom is positively bursting with thoughtful and unique gifts made by the stable of British craftspeople represented by the organisation.  The Maker's Tales gives an insight into the narrative behind some of these beautiful objects - you can read Part 1 of the trilogy here.

Tableware by Iva Polachova and glassware by Jochen Holz, wooden chopping boards are part of Sam Bazeley’s The Craftsmen’s Totem

Tableware by Iva Polachova and glassware by Jochen Holz, wooden chopping boards are part of Sam Bazeley’s The Craftsmen’s Totem

Including furniture, textiles, ceramics and accessories, The New Craftsmen's range is made by a growing network of the very best makers from the British Isles.  The range of handmade products is rich in provenance and narrative, with the focus on objects rooted in British craft traditions.

Extended shopping hours in the showroom Monday-Saturday and the all important late-night shopping on Thursdays!  If you can't get to the shop, you can purchase online through the new website.  

Foot Chopping Board by Sam Bazeley, Gilded Cork Vessels by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras, Gold-Plated Dressmaking Scissors by Ernest Wright & Son Ltd

Foot Chopping Board by Sam Bazeley, Gilded Cork Vessels by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras, Gold-Plated Dressmaking Scissors by Ernest Wright & Son Ltd

A Visit to our Kala Cotton Weavers

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Whilst I hold the fort in the fog in London, Graham is currently in sunny India visiting our amazing textile artisans in the remote Kutch (or Kachchh) region, west of Ahmedabad in Gujarat.

These regular visits are vital for us to keep in close contact with our suppliers, and build the relationships that mean we can bring more amazing, hand made textiles to you!

Here, I thought I'd share some images Graham has taken of his visit to our kala cotton weavers, who make our Organic Kala Cotton Towels, Scarves and Indigo Kala Cotton Cushions

Enjoy!

The first batch of yarn produced in the new hand-spinning unit.

The first batch of yarn produced in the new hand-spinning unit.

Indigo dyeing in the new dyeing facility

Indigo dyeing in the new dyeing facility

Winding the dyed yarn onto bobbins

Winding the dyed yarn onto bobbins

Naturally dyed indigo cloth drying in the sun

Naturally dyed indigo cloth drying in the sun

Most of the looms are traditional "pit looms"

Most of the looms are traditional "pit looms"

This lady is actually weaving  one of the cloths for our new Chindi patchwork collection!

This lady is actually weaving  one of the cloths for our new Chindi patchwork collection!

 

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Maison et Objet, Paris

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We've just returned from exhibiting at premier interiors trade fair Maison et Objet in Paris.  And what a whirlwind!  It was our fourth time exhibiting, and our most successful to date.

Our stand was bigger and we had a great position in Hall 1 - now rebranded the "Eclectic" hall, (and, according to many retailers, THE hall to find the most interesting and unexpected products).  Our position opposite Parisian textile designer Nur Gallery and Dutch home textile company Malagoon was superb.

We've a lot of following up to do, but I thought I'd quickly post some photos of the show.  Our new Chindi collection of hand stitched kala cotton patchwork quilts and cushions was very well received, and if you sign up for our mailing list, you'll be among the first to know in October when it's ready to order.

New patchwork Chindi cushions and improved handwoven wool Desi cushions

New patchwork Chindi cushions and improved handwoven wool Desi cushions

New Chindi hand made quilts in soft kala cotton.

New Chindi hand made quilts in soft kala cotton.

We trialled some plain radhi rugs which our friends, Dutch lighting supremo Ay Illuminate, showed on their stand to offset their fabulous oversized lamps.  The rugs were very popular, and are now ready to order from Stitch by Stitch in grey (below) and ecru (top image).

New plain grey radhi rug on the Ay Illuminate stand.  Just love those huge baskets by designer Nelson Sepulveda!

New plain grey radhi rug on the Ay Illuminate stand.  Just love those huge baskets by designer Nelson Sepulveda!

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New Bindi embroidered cushions on hand woven indigo kala cotton

New Bindi embroidered cushions on hand woven indigo kala cotton

All new products will be added to our website in the next few weeks.  Sign up here or contact us for more details.

The international fair season is now in full swing, and next week, London Design Festival takes place in our home town, with exhibitions taking over venues all over the city.

Follow our Instagram feed to see some of our favourite finds from the festival over the next few weeks!

Preparing for Maison et Objet

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We're looking forward to exhibiting again at Maison et Objet in Paris at the beginning of September.  It's always a bit of a mad dash to get everything ready at the end of the summer, but we always feel energised after our holidays and ready to put our all into the business again!

This season we're bringing our Desi woollen cushions (above) and our large Desi woollen bed covers, now both available in 3 naturally dyed colours of hand woven wool from Kutch, India.   All are hand embroidered by our talented ladies in Gujarat, working from home and using traditional embroidery stitches that have been handed down through generations of women.

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Our Khamir Cubes quilt attracted a lot of interest at Maison et Objet in January.  Many people loved the reverse of the quilt as much as the front (see image above)!  "More Gees Bend" said Polly Leonard from Selvedge Magazine.  This gave us the idea to produce a collection of abstract quilt designs, using the same hand woven cotton fabrics from our kala cotton weavers, and made to the same exacting standards by master quilt makers Rhymill and his wife in Ahmedabad.  We'll be showing these for the first time at the fair.

More product launches include new designs (above) in our indigo cushion collection, utilising traditional Kutchi embroidery stitches, and hand woven scarves from our kala cotton weavers.

If you're a trade buyer or press, we hope to see you at Maison et Objet, Paris, 4-8 September.  Come and see us in Hall 1 Eclectic, Stand C57.

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New Lhotse and Nuptse Radhi Rugs

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Our amazingly resilient weavers in Nepal recently delivered a batch of our new hand woven radhi rugs, designed in London by Stitch by Stitch, inspired by the weavers' traditional patterns.

Radhi are heavy, felt blankets which are commonly worn and used as floor coverings in Nepal.  Stitch by Stitch's radhi collection reinterprets traditional motifs to create modern, geometric rug designs.

Our radhis are hand woven in Nepal by a community of weavers and spinners.  The artisans weave on traditional back strap looms, using the thick wool from their own flock of mountain Baruwhal sheep.  It took us over a year to track down the weavers, with the help of SABAH Nepal, an organisation which works towards strengthening the livelihoods of marginalised, home-based workers.

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The thin woven strips are sewn together, and then washed in hot water which felts the wool, and brings the whole design together.

New Lhotse small radhi rug (top left), approx 144 x 166cm
New Nuptse large radhi rug (top right), approx 207 x 225cm

The wool is undyed, and remains its natural colour

The wool is undyed, and remains its natural colour

Sorting wool for spinning

Sorting wool for spinning

See the full collection here.

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Home Visit: Selvedge Magazine meets Graham at his Quirky Apartment

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The definitive magazine for textile-lovers, Selvedge, recently paid a visit to Stitch by Stitch founder Graham Hollick's "eclectic, imaginative and unexpected" East London apartment.  

We're delighted to be able to share the article with you here.  This will appear in print in the July "Pop" Issue no.65. 

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"There are intriguing objects everywhere...."

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"Colour is a big thing for me...but never really strong colours" says Graham.

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"Stitch by Stitch collections evolve gradually, blending respect and admiration for traditional skills with a knowledge of what will stimulate demand"

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A "Victorian shipwright's bench serves as the kitchen island - oil, salt and other condiments sit in the furrow that years ago would have held shipbuilding tools."

 

Elsewhere in the press recently, our indigo Desi Pom Pom blanket was featured in House and Garden's July issue (item 3 on the jolly elephant's back, below).

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And Elle Decoration did a nice little piece on our work with kala cotton hand loom weavers in Kutch, India, in April.

Read more of our press coverage.

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The Heartwear Pop-Up Sale in Paris

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We're delighted to be taking part in the Heartwear pop-up sale in Paris which opens this Saturday, 30 May, and you're invited!

As well as clothing and textiles from Li Edelkoort's non-profit organisation Heartwear, which works with craftspeople in Benin, Morocco and India, you will be able to buy interior textiles from Stitch by Stitch, paper jewellery by Anne Feugas, and textiles and clothing from Bess Nielsen's company Khadi & Co.

Remember to take your invitation with you!

The Heartwear Sale, 30 May - 7 June 2105, 30 Boulevard Saint Jacques, 75014 Paris.

Selvedge Magazine Spring Fair in Stroud

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This Saturday 16 May, Stitch by Stitch will be travelling down to the Cotswolds to take part in the Selvedge Magazine spring fair in Stroud.

Come and join us and fellow exhibitors Heartwear, Ethical Life Store, The Basket Room and others.  It's a great opportunity to buy fine textiles, fashion and home products directly from designers and makers, all of whom have been carefully selected by Selvedge's discerning editor, Polly Leonard.

The Selvedge fair coincides conveniently (and not by accident) with the Stroud International Textile Festival when many artists, designers and craftspeople in the Stroud area open their studios, exhibit their work and give inspiring talks and workshops.  For more information, visit the SITSelect website.  Come and make a weekend of it!

The Selvedge Spring Fair in Stroud, 16 May 2015, The Subscription Rooms, Kendrick St, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AE.  Buy tickets.


Nepal Earthquake Disaster - DEC Appeal

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Here at Stitch by Stitch we were so shocked to hear the terrible news of the earthquake that hit Nepal at the end of April, the worst in 80 years.

Our radhi rugs are produced by a small community of weavers in Kathmandu working with the NGO SABAH Nepal.  Information is sketchy, but we believe the weavers are safe and are working to finish our latest order of rugs!  We are relieved to hear that there are no human casualties among the staff at SABAH Nepal but the extent of casualties and infrastructural damage among the artisan communities in the outlying villages is still unclear.  The enormity of the crisis affecting everyone in the area is beyond our imagination.

So we wanted to share with you a video appeal from respected english journalist (and one of our favourite news presenters in the UK), Jon Snow, on how you can help the people of Nepal by donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee.  The DEC is pulling together aid from 13 of the main agencies working on the ground to provide help and relief.

"It's the best way of getting money directly to the people and the communities who need it"

 

 

 

Just Arrived! Hand Woven Wool Cushions

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These fabulous chocolate wool cushions have just arrived at our studio in London!

Made from the same local wool (known as "desi" wool) from Kutch, India, as our Desi Blankets, the chocolate colour is undyed, being the natural colour of the local sheep.  Our talented embroiderers in Kutch have embellished the wool with lines of traditional stitches.

Our plan is to make them also in other colours, using natural dyes such as indigo and lac red - a speciality of our weavers.

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We also made some samples in plain cream, grey and checked wool.  These were snapped up immediately by a customer who saw the first images, but we thought we'd make some more.

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Sizes are 45 x 45cm, and 40 x 60cm.  For prices and availability, please contact us info@stitchbystitch.eu

We'd love your comments on this range.  Which colours are your favourites?  Do you prefer the embroidered wool, plain wool or checked?

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Handwoven and naturally dyed woollen blankets

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The warm days of spring are yet to arrive, so perhaps a good time to introduce our new woollen Desi blanket collection, perfect for throwing over the bed for a little bit of extra warmth, or keeping the chill off while relaxing on the sofa!

These blankets are hand woven by a community of award-winning weavers in the village of Bhujodi in our favourite area of Gujarat, India: Kutch.  Master weaver Shamji and his family train and employ around 90 weavers on pit looms they built after the earthquake of 2001.  The family is committed to preserving local weaving and dyeing skills in the region.  The wool is farmed locally and hand spun, and has a distinctive "dry" texture typical of wool from this region.  It is dyed with natural dyes such as indigo and lac red - Shamji is instrumental in the revival of traditional lac red dyeing in Kutch.

Indigo dyed wool drying at Shamji's workshop

Indigo dyed wool drying at Shamji's workshop

The woven lengths are sent to our home-based embroiderers working with SEWA in Ahmedabad, to embellish with lines of traditional Soi hand stitch work.  The tasseled edges are knotted and closely trimmed to echo the knobbly silhouette of the embroidery, for a contemporary look.

The blankets are available in two sizes, 180x120cm and 220x180cm, in indigo, lac red, olive green, natural cream, or chocolate brown.  There is also a large tri-colour blanket in red, chocolate and indigo, and a large olive green and chocolate blanket.  Click here for more info and to purchase.

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Human Made

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Taylormade Vases by Noam Dover

Taylormade Vases by Noam Dover

One of the really interesting things to see at Maison et Objet in Paris (as well as the work of fellow exhibitors, of course!), is the Inspirations areas - mini conceptual exhibitions, designed around a chosen trend theme, by some of the most influential names in international design.

Totems and Vases by Louise Gelderblom

Totems and Vases by Louise Gelderblom

This season's curations, based around the theme 'Made', did not disappoint.  The most interesting, for me, was the Human Made exhibition by Elizabeth Leriche, exploring the significance of the hand made in modern society, and showcasing the work of a diverse selection of international designers and craftspeople.  The wonderful products chosen for the exhibition highlight the slow process of acquiring talent, mastering craftsmanship, the passing down of skills, inventiveness, and the rediscovery of old customs and our collective memory.

Daily Spoon Project by Stian Korntved Ruud

Daily Spoon Project by Stian Korntved Ruud

Acknowledging the growing interest in the hand made, Leriche is quick to point out that this is not simply a nostalgic movement in favour of the small trades of the past.  Rather, it is a revolutionary view that acknowledges the failings and shortcomings of mass-production and its requirements of profitability and gain.

"This new relationship to objects is redefining our understanding of possession as the definition of consumption." says art director Francois Declaux.

Maison et Objet: sneak preview

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We hope you've all had a wonderful holiday, and are feeling energised and ready to leap into 2015 with gusto! 

At Stitch by Stitch, our business year kicks off almost immediately with Maison et Objet in Paris.  And we just wanted to let you know about some exciting new products we'll be launching at this premier trade fair.

Our indigo cotton cushions are now in production.  Updating our successful Kukuben and Sapna designs from our very first collection, these cushions are hand embroidered in Gujarat, India, by our home-based embroiderers, using traditional stitches passed down from mother to daughter through generations. 

Our designer, Graham, describes the Kukuben design (above) as "like a dictionary" of traditional stitches (it's even named after one of our embroiderers!). 

Sapna (above) is more minimal, with three orderly lines of traditional stitch work. 

Both designs are available in two colourwarys: scarlet and pale blue, and apricot and olive.

Kukuben cushion cover, 40 x 40cm: RRP £89
Sapna cushion cover, 60 x 60cm: RRP £110
 

For more details, including wholesale and press enquiries, please contact karen@stitchbystitch.eu

Maison et Objet, 23-27 January 2015, Paris Nord Villepinte.  Visit us in Hall 1, Stand C56.

We ship to the UK, Europe and the USA.

Kala Cotton: sustainable and organic

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At Stitch by Stitch we're committed to promoting sustainable, artisan textile production which enhances cultural livelihoods.  That's why we're proud to be working with an organisation in the heart of Kutch in northwest India, preserving the cultivation of indigenous kala cotton, or Old World cotton, and supporting local hand weavers. 

Why is kala cotton special?  The crop is purely rain fed, so unlike large scale industrialised cotton production, it doesn't require vast amounts of water to grow.  It's organic, since this hardy species has a naturally high tolerance to disease and pests.  

After years of experimentation and perfecting spinning and weaving techniques, the kala cotton initiative in Kutch has created a holistic and practical supply chain between the farmers, ginners, spinners and weavers of marginalised communities, to convert raw cotton into beautiful hand woven textiles.  This sustainable production is in total harmony with the local ecology

We're delighted to be able to bring some of these textiles to you in the form of our Kala Towels, and Khamir Cubes collections (see above).

Following a devastating earthquake in 2001, the Kutch region experienced rapid industrialisation, which brought some prosperity, but also had a negative impact on cultural livelihoods.  Small-scale weavers couldn't buy raw materials in bulk, and found it hard to integrate with changing markets.  The number of weavers in Kutch declined from over 2000 in the mid-1990s, to around 600-700 today.

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One of our weavers says, "I am proud of my weaving tradition.  It gives us an identity, and helps us to stand on our own feet."

Another adds, "I worked as security man for two years. It was a hard time. Weaving Kala cotton gets me a fair amount of money.  I like working here with the community as leaving home and traveling the distance for work leaves my unsettled.  Weaving is my life... there is a sense of belonging that comes with it."

In the new year, we'll be bringing in some cotton scarves from our weavers, and we're currently working on designs for new cotton throws.  Perfect for spring!

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The Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection

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Wool Collection: Interiors.  Fleece wallhanging by The Soft World, pendant shades by Naomi Paul.

This weekend was the last chance to catch the Campaign for Wool's celebration of wool for interiors exhibition in London.

Wool Collection: Interiors pulled together over fifty stunning woollen items for interiors and lifestyle, curated by the talented Arabella McNie (curator of Wool House 2013).   

LU150 lambswool fabric designed by Wallace Sewell to celebrate 150 years of London Underground.

As I looked at the array of items on show - all of an exceptionally high standard in terms of visual and tactile interest - it struck me how versatile a fibre wool is, and how differently it can be worked.  Products ranged from woollen satchels by Cherchbi through the more expected range of interiors items such as cushions and rugs, to spherical ball seats with knitted covers (by Mary Goodman) and knitted lamp shades from Naomi Paul.

Tuft Limited Editions floor cushions by Maud Designs.

Tuft Limited Editions floor cushions by Maud Designs.

We all know that wool has intrinsic insulating properties allowing us to keep cool in the heat, and warm in the cold.  It also has natural bounce-back, so as a floor covering it will resist flattening, and in a blanket or throw, will resist creasing.  It is also annually renewable, of course, durable and bio-degradable, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly choice of fibre.

Cushion by Fine Cell Work for Pentreath Hall, using Appletons tapestry wool.

Cushion by Fine Cell Work for Pentreath Hall, using Appletons tapestry wool.

We love working in wool.  Our radhi rugs are a modern take on traditional heavy blankets hand woven in Nepal, and we're putting the finishing touches to our woollen Desi Blanket Collection, hand woven in Kutch, India and embroidered with Appletons english crewel wool by our talented Kutch embroiderers.  

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Maison et Objet, Paris

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We're busy getting ready to exhibit for the second time this year at one of Europe's most prestigious international interiors trade shows, Maison et Objet in Paris in September.

Visit us in HALL 1, STAND C60.  We'll be exhibiting our new range of hand woven woollen blankets (pictured above) and new indigo embroidered cushions, alongside hand made patchwork quilts and cushions, and our organic cotton Kala towels.

Widely considered one of the most important dates in the calendar for interior design professionals and the design press, Maison et Objet runs from 5-9 September.

For a preview of what we'll be showing, take a look at our dedicated Pinterest board! 

A Sticky Photo Shoot

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Pièce Unique Collection

Pièce Unique Collection

This week saw us cramming the car with our wares and popping up the road to Clapton in East London for our latest photo shoot with talented photographer Ania Wawrzkowicz.

The plan was to create some enticing publicity shots of our textiles grouped in collections and in colour stories.  We had the idea to create a "sculpture" of sticks upon which we could drape the textiles and display them in an interesting way.

Creating the "sculpture"

Creating the "sculpture"

Graham and Ania have worked together before on several photo shoots through Graham's styling work.  The sticks stayed up, and everything came together magically!

Kala Towel Collection

Kala Towel Collection

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Radhi rug collection

We loved the sticks so much, we thought they'd make a great display for our next exhibition stand at Maison et Objet in Paris this September.

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Launching our New Handmade Patchwork Cushions and Quilts

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Fish Mashru cushion

Fish Mashru cushion

We're very pleased to be launching our new patchwork cushion and quilt collection.  Hand-made for us by a master quilt maker in Gujarat, it takes a month just to do the kanthe stitching on each quilt!

Chequered Diamonds "Pièce Unique" mashru quilt 

Chequered Diamonds "Pièce Unique" mashru quilt 

Stitch by Stitch's Graham sourced and selected the range of vintage mashru (or permitted cloth) fabrics whilst on his last research trip to India.  Mashru fabrics were traditionally worn by Muslim men who were not permitted to wear silk next to the skin.  Mashru is woven with a silk warp and cotton weft.  The cotton threads lie next to the skin, and the silk warp threads show on the face of the fabric, allowing the opulence of silk to be worn.  As you can see from the Fish cushion above, mashru fabric was often woven with ikat (or tie-dyed) silk threads, creating beautiful, tiny patterns. 

Khamir organic cotton patchwork cushion 

Khamir organic cotton patchwork cushion 

Our mashru quilts and cushions are "pièce unique" or one-of-a-kind, items.  Each one is unique and cannot be replicated.

On the other hand, our Khamir quilt and cushions, made with organic kala cotton fabrics, can be repeated.  We have just one of the Khamir quilt and two Khamir cushion designs in stock, but they can be made to order.  Delivery is 6-8 weeks.

Khamir organic cotton Quilt

Khamir organic cotton Quilt

Even the reverse side of the Khamir Quilt is beautiful!

Even the reverse side of the Khamir Quilt is beautiful!

The quilt and cushions collection will be available to buy online soon.  In the meantime, the quilts are currently on exhibition at Design Wallah at the Southbank Centre in London (until May 26th).  For more info on this, see our previous post Design Wallah at The Southbank.

For all enquiries regarding this collection, please contact us.  Or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when the collection is available to purchase online.

Design Wallah at Southbank

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Now in it's fifth year, Alchemy is the Southbank Centre's annual festival of South Asian and UK performing arts, culture, literature, art and design.

Discover international masters of dance and music including sitar player Anoushka Shankar, alongside emerging comedy talent and pioneers in youth culture.  And for the first time, there will be a selling showcase of contemporary art and design from South Asia, curated by Kathy Shenoy of Shake the Dust.  

Stitch by Stitch "piece unique" Fish Mashru Quilt

Stitch by Stitch "piece unique" Fish Mashru Quilt

Design Wallah will celebrate both emerging and established designers working in Asia, with Asian artisans, or with an Asian design influence.  The emphasis is very much on contemporary design, and the pop-up shop will feature a varied selection of jewellery, interior textiles, artwork, stationery and gifts.

Stitch by Stitch is thrilled to be included in Design Wallah.  We will be exhibiting our "piece unique" quilts, handmade in Gujarat by a master quilt maker, from vintage mashru (or "permitted cloth") fabrics collected by Stitch by Stitch's Graham during his last visit to the region.  Each quilt is a one-off, taking over a month to produce, and a beautiful work of art or a wonderful throw for your bed - a true heirloom.  Read more on our blog here.

Witty Asian inspired stationery from Piccadehli

Witty Asian inspired stationery from Piccadehli

Kerry Hussain's colourful and witty stationery company Piccadehli is an outward celebration of her British/Indian heritage.  She produces cards and notebooks which express Indian style in a contemporary way, often featuring quirky sayings - I love her "Thank You Please" card!

Kangan Arora's handtufted rug for Floor Story

Kangan Arora's handtufted rug for Floor Story

London-based designer Kangan Arora will be launching her hand knotted Carnival Collection of rugs for Floor Story, inspired by the kaleidoscopic array of circus tents and the excitement of a kite-flying festival in her native India.  Each piece is made to order, and takes 3 months to produce by skilled craftsmen using the traditional Tibetan Weave at 80 knots.

Safomasi's Camel Traders cushions

Safomasi's Camel Traders cushions

Award winning textile designers Sarah and Maninder of Safomasi, draw upon their combined Indian and British heritage to create prints inspired by both the everyday and the exotic encountered during their travels.  Every single product is handmade and totally unique.

Also featured at Design Wallah is work by Waffle, Ekta Kaul, Sroop Sunar, Tanvi Kant, Josie ShenoyNatasha Kumar, Locopopo and Plum Chutney among others.

Delicious Indian street food will be served up at the Chaat Shack & Chai Bar by Roti Chai, and at weekends, there'll also be a chance to try your creative hand at kite and print-making!  To view the full Alchemy programme, check workshop availability and to book your place, visit the Southbank Alchemy website.

Selvedge Spring Fair

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Patchwork quilts and radhi rug

Patchwork quilts and radhi rug

The grand interior of Chelsea Old Town Hall was positively vibrating with colour and texture last weekend, for the Selvedge Magazine Spring Fair.

Deciding what to show is always a challenge at the Selvedge fairs, due to the small tabletop space allocated to each exhibitor, but we feel it's a good opportunity to pare down our product selection.  This time around, our stand had a geometric theme - the bold red and orange patchwork triangles of mashru fabric on our new Fish quilt complimented the softer, felted angular shapes woven into our Jannu radhi rug.

Our new, natural indigo embroidered cushions had their first outing. 

Our new, natural indigo embroidered cushions had their first outing. 

Our next door neighbour, London-based Mitas & Co, exhibited a strong collection of linen fabrics and wallpapers, designed by illustrators and local artists.  My favourite is this guinea fowl print designed by Binita Trivedi.

Lady Bird linen fabric and wallpaper, Mitas & Co.

Lady Bird linen fabric and wallpaper, Mitas & Co.

And it was lovely to make contact with Seher from S-jo Handcrafted Accessories.  As part of her PhD design research at the RCA, Seher initiated a design project with stitch artisans in Pakistan.  The results are some truly beautiful, intricate stitched jewellery and woven throws and scarves.

S jo, working with artisans in Pakistan, as part of her "Threads of the Indus" research and development project. 

S jo, working with artisans in Pakistan, as part of her "Threads of the Indus" research and development project. 

Thank you to all who visited us!