Susie Livesey, Creative Knitting
Linden Porter, Fabric painted bags and Ethnic fabric ensembles.
Christine Garnett. knitted Cotton clothing trading as Flame Lily
Janet Ibbotson, Luxurious Leatherwear
Freya Brookman, eco recycling and reclaimed textiles for cushions, hangings and throws.
Emma Welland and Liz Roach Jewellers trading as Masons Designs
Pauline Thomas, Creative machine embroidery trading as Embroidered Collection
Sue is a graduate in Home Economics Education from New York University. As a former Head of Design and Technology at Newland’s Girls School in Maidenhead, she taught all aspects of the subject area but has always enjoyed the stimulation of working in the textiles field.
As a collector of rugs, kilim’s and saddle bags, the fringing and tassel details displayed on these pieces have been a source of inspiration for her work.
Sue specializes in free-style hand knitting, using a range of textured yarns, ribbons, tapes and ropes in surprising and original ways.
The sensual use of rich colour harmonies sprinkled with shimmering metallic strands in the tassels and fringing of her shrugs, scarves and boas is the essence of the look and feel of the garments.
As a youngster, creativity was always encouraged as a means to achieve both skills and fulfil practical needs. Choosing a single direction to study after an Art Foundation course was difficult. A degree in 3Dimensional Design specialising in Ceramics at Loughborough College of Art & Design set her on a path interested in production techniques, the repetitions of which would improve her skills and designs in order to sustain a living.
An embroidered brooch project developed her Thread Painting® onto silk, where her sewing machine needle draws as her pencil.
Inspiration is found in the natural world, the English landscape, historical motifs and fashion. Sketching, drawing, sewing with the use of modern technology, commissions and necessities of life keep up the evolution of ideas.
Inspired collector of ethnic fabrics which she sources during her travels throughout Africa and the Middle East. These are then framed using complementary, co-ordinating textiles and applications to enhance the image and create unique bedspreads.
She has also recently started hand painting canvas and cotton carrier bags with her unique designs.
These eco friendly bags come in a range of sizes and shapes – ideal for the supermarket shop or for children’s party goodie bags!
has a passion for cotton and has been designing hand knits for about 8 years. She works from her boutique and workroom in Thame, Oxfordshire and has a workforce of forty women in Zimbabwe who knit her designs. Chris is fortunate in being both British and Zimbabwean as it means she can dash off to the sun in the winter and return in time for Wimbledon and strawberries in June laden with new glorious hand knits.
For the past few years Chris has been growing one quarter of the cotton she uses and also has become an expert in organic dyes. The savannah of Zimbabwe is full of plants that can be used for dyeing and the colours are both subtle and rich. For example the Matamba tree produces a fruit with a copper collared husk, the Jacaranda tree’s bark is a heavenly rose pink and the petals of the Marula flower give off a deep orange. Together with ordinary rock salt and boiling outdoors, Chris achieves brilliants results and has become bolder with mixing different plants and herbs.
Following a BA (Hons) degree from London Guildhall University, Emma trained as a goldsmith at Cox & Power, a prestigious London jeweller in Knightsbridge.
Throughout her professional career, Emma has combined her commercial
aspirations with a successful rowing career at Thames Rowing Club, followed by
a brief spell at Furnivall Sculling Club in London.
Her sporting background and rowing experience on the water, has inspired her designs and in 2002 she set up Mason Designs. This is evident in each
individually hand-crafted piece of jewellery she has designed and produced.
She continues to expand her range of hand-made, exclusive silver and gold pieces to other sports including sailing, rugby, golf and cricket and is available for commissions on request.
Janet designs this unique range of leather and suede garments, cuts all the patterns and will meet you personally for the essential consultation needed to give such an exclusive service….
She has forty years of self taught experience and a deep knowledge of skins, which means that each garment hangs perfectly.
The personal attention to detail and cut on each bespoke garment is made with your shape in mind and is as such that these unique clothes go on being favourites for years, as many of our customers will testify, so we are proud to say MADE IN ENGLAND.
The current collection is calm, elegant, and as always, easy to wear. We make beautiful clothes in Leather and Suede. Coats, suits, jackets, skirts and trousers, even dresses. We use fine Italian suede and softest leather. We also make for Special Occasion, Going Away and Mothers of the Bride, each time sourcing just the correct shade of colours needed to suit, and making to fit.
has been raised on vintage fabrics. She is shamelessly excited by discarded fabrics – such as the 50’s kitsch Eiffel Tower print which just asked to become a dress. She is inspired by unwanted fabric swatches which demand to be turned into Paul Klee or Contemporary Korean Textile style pieces. Patchwork shapes flushing from dark to light have become Freya’s trademark.
Freya creates unique throws using recycled fabrics (King size, double, single or ‘snuggle on the sofa’ size). She is happy to under take commissions, which will blend in with your own home.
Cushions, wall hangings, duvet covers and quilts are also available:
the perfect gift for a wedding, a house warming or an anniversary.
Great for yoga too. Why not treat yourself?