I’ve had the pleasure of working with many different fabrics so far this year including a very glamorous Designers Guild Dupion. It’s incredible to believe that the source of this stunning natural silk thread was kept a secret for over a thousand years.  For soft furnishers Dupion silk is one of the most popular silk materials as its great to sew & drapes beautifully.  Its thread is stronger than cotton & rougher than other silk with lots of slubs as part of its texture & unique charm.

These lustrous curtains with pelmets were made for a bedroom, in a stunning historic home, which had been designed around a vibrant rug in warm shades of orange from North Africa.

I used an interlining recommended especially for use with silk & a thermal lining with good drape qualities.  The pelmets have a small piped edge for definition.  The silk changes shade depending on the light due to the structure of the silk fibres which makes it difficult to capture & do justice to it’s beautiful ‘Ginger’ colour in photos.

I’m looking forward to working with more silk fabrics especially as I can offer such a gorgeous array of colours, textures & patterns…

jh silk portfolio

Just ask me for more details or to see more gorgeous silks ‘in the flesh’…..

e:    t: 01371 872697



Rest your weary feet

PicMonkey velvet footstoolMy DH has taught me how to make an upholstered footstool…somewhere to rest my weary feet…I wanted one that would be large enough to share, just the right height & which could also be used as a tea tray table.  I chose a soft antique gold jacquard fabric which picks up beautifully on the shading in the fireplace & is super soft under foot. This fabric has an almost crushed velvet appearance & changes shade depending on the lighting in the room.  I used modern upholstery techniques & for definition a contemporary ‘Jazz’ flanged cord in brown/linen tones which compliments the fabric perfectly.  I’m off to put my feet up now…

Unique & Personalised Gifts

Ribbon notice boards have been popular gifts with my customers this year.  Customers who have ordered bespoke or customised ribbon notice boards as gifts always get back in touch with happy stories of how much their gift was appreciated. Not many people can guess what is in the wrapping and they are doubly delighted to discover the consideration that went into choosing the perfect fabric, colours and, sometimes, personalisation.

I make these ribbon notice boards out of any gorgeous fabric of your choice or plain fabric with an embroidered initial or monogram & coordinating ribbon so that they are suitable for bedrooms or boardrooms, period or contemporary settings!

If you love the idea of giving an unusual gift to a creative person, why not book a 3-hour craft course? Or, if it’s logistically easier for you, send a voucher for a lampshade making session or towards the cost of a ribbon notice board so that they can choose their own fabrics from the beautiful selection that I have in my fabric library.

These ribbon notice boards are suitable for map pins or simply secure your invitations, notes, mementos or photos by tucking them under the ribbon.  The photographs show the range of unusual fabrics used for my clients, from dogs, horses, game birds to maps, scooters, traditional linen prints & plain fabrics with embroidered personalisation.  I have a gorgeous selection of embroidery thread shades & ribbons, you can even chose the upholstery pins to be used.

Your ribbon board will be smartly wrapped in cello & I can even provide gift wrapping with tissue paper & ribbon if required for a modest additional cost.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch by email or phone.  Postage or delivery can be arranged. If you need your gift in the next 2-3 weeks, contact me NOW!

PicMonkey Ribbon board

Square bay window

Mrs Steed

Square bay windows always pose a challenge & this lovely window was no exception.  Our busy client had disliked this room since moving in & was more than ready to make changes. The brief was to replace the old curtains & valance with a smarter upholstered box pelmet & 216 cm sill length curtains. We also needed improve the thermal efficiency & provide some privacy.  There was little space to fit the pelmet & track between the window architrave & ornate coving which meant that the track had to be mounted under the pelmet.  We selected a Silent Gliss double corded track & had it bent to a tighter angle than usual to allow the curtains to sit on the window sill. The curtains were interlined & thermal lining was also used. A neat single pleat heading was suggested to allow the curtains to stack back well at the side…

View original post 138 more words