Happy December! Despite the fact that the studio has been a little like one of Santa’s works shops for most of November. We have both quietly been forward planing and buying gifts for weeks, we don’t really, I mean REALLY do Christmas until December 1st hits.
This might have something to do with having to be planing Christmas in April in my past life at Habitat. But don’t mistake that for Bah Humbug! OH NO! We love Christmas!
We meet and talk so many amazing designers and makers throughout the year, and not just the fabric people, no! So this is our chance to talk about just a handful of them and some of the amazing things we’ve been coveting. Not only do they make amazing things, they are some of the nicest people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting too. Now, I know I’m preaching to the converted here but we think it’s important to support small business because you know we all really do do a little happy dance when someone buys from us. I know we do!
Lucky Cloud Skin Care
So this amazing business is run by the lovely Lucy and her products are prefect for those of us with sensitive skin but you don’t have to have sensitive skin to love what she makes, you also don’t have to be vegan but if you are you’ll like these even more. You don’t have to take my word for it though, British Vogue thinks so too! So, snap up yours before the rest of us do! The lip butters are a steel at just £4 so make great idea for a stocking filler.
Prices from £4-£35 www.luckycloudskincare.com
There is literaly nothing I don’t like about this ladies illustrations. Her colour choices and detail are beautiful and every time I see her name on our print list I do a little happy dance (not always just in my head!) but she has more to her than just textiles. I have already ordered a barn owl mug and cards for someone who will remain nameless.
Prices from £5-£60 www.skysiouki.tictail.com
Not your average necklace. You know how little people like to put everything in their mouths? Yeh! They like to chew on stuff, sometimes cos their teething and some times just because, nothing is sacred. Problem solved for mums (or aunties) here. ‘Worn by you, chewed by Boo’
Prices £7-£16 www.boochew.com
I’m not sure these need much introduction but if they do and you (or someone you love) likes colour then this ladies your gal! Her silk scarves are printed on our silk satin and they are simply the most versatile scarves to wear. Every time you put it on it will look like a new scarf, it’s hard to explain but basically they are very clever and you will be very much loved if you put one of these under someone’s Christmas tree this year!
Prices £80 www.mimihammill.com
There seems to be a bird theme forming here! But oh my goodness aren’t these just the best! We fell in love with Sandra Vick’s paintings when I stumbled upon her on Instagram having know idea she lived just outside Edinburgh. It’s so lovely to see her textiles in the studio, I don’t think I could afford an original painting but maybe a print or one of these.
Prices £10 -£43 www.sandravick.co.uk
Sorell O C Boards
There will always be something wooden in any gift list of ours, we’re foresters daughters after all! These are the by product of some amazing furniture makers, so what to do with the wood too small to be made into furniture but too good to be firewood (oh far to good for firewood, gasp!) this of course. They are finished beautifully so perfect for serving your cheese on the 25th, or all the other days for that mater!!
Prices £45-70 www.sorell.co.uk
We’ve been working with these guys on some interesting things, all things slow fashion related. By that we mean collaborating with artisan designers and makers (that’s us too! eep!) to make iconic designs, heirloom pieces that will stand the testament of time and style.
Prices £15-£275 https://www.nublvck.com
OH MY GOODNESS!!! You HAVE to do one of these, the only thing is, is it’s a little more Scottish location specific, but I have to add to our list as this might quite literally have been the best thing I’ve done all year! Give as gift for someone, or to yourself (they are the best presents!) and you get the chance to carve your own ring out of jewellers wax. Then the amazing people at CARVE have it cast in silver (or gold for an additional fee) for you. Best Thing Ever! I genuinely cant recommend it enough!
Price £65+ www.wearecarve.com
Because Susan has magical skills and the most amazing style, everyone should have a little something of her designs in their life. Even if just a beautiful jotter and maybe a matching pencil case too?
Prices £3.95-£65 www.susancastillo.co.uk
And something for the gentlemen, if the man in your life needs a bit of an upgrade on the tie front this is a great way to go, Sky Weavers are a small Weavers based on the Isle of Sky (if you hadn’t guess) and they do all of their weaving using a bicycle pedal powered loom so a great story for a bicycle loving man about town too. They also make other woven things but the ties are our favourites.
Prices £25-£125 www.skyeweavers.co.uk
I hope what ever it is you give (or receive) this year, your Christmas is a happy one.