Over the several years I have been running Winter's Moon I have come to realise what an invaluable resource it is having friends who are self-employed to talk to. To learn from, get motivated by and also help keep your, sometimes precarious, small business afloat. I have realised too that the more we share with others, the more we learn.Read More
I have a dear sister Caroline who lives a very long way away in New Zealand, our family are really fortunate to see her most years and, in the build up to her arrival, we make lots of plans. This year, very high on the agenda was a visit to the Merchant & Mills shop in Rye.Read More
Over the years it has been a real joy to have found some wonderful examples of garden furniture from the 1960's & 1970's. This vintage floral swing seat was probably the most exciting find...though putting it together alone, without instructions on a hot summer day was not a great experience!Read More
A little while ago I started taking photos of...well....things! It started as a way to try to work out product / display possibilities - what would work with what and what wouldn't. What started as just a way to record creativr ideas, seems to have developed into something a little bit addictive.Read More
I consider myself very lucky to live in Chichester, it's a great city - not too big, not too small and surrounded by beautiful countryside and the beaches on the doorstep. If you don't know the area and are planning a trip the following destinations might be of interest.Read More
We were very lucky to be able to get away for a few days recently to Granada, a gorgeous Moorish city in Andalucia, Spain. Pete, my husband, and I had been a looooong time ago, but this time we were going back with our daughter Tess. It is a very decorative place and for those pattern lovers out there, there is lots to feast your eyes on, so I thought a few pics might be of interest.Read More
So, I will start at the beginning...which in this sorry tale is the first day of the school summer holidays. My day had started very positively, I had cycled to our local pool to meet a friend for our early morning swim. The sun was shining, I had a lovely working day ahead, life was good. Within 20 minutes I left the changing rooms in a wheelchair, destined for our local A&E department.Read More
I have just returned from a cheeky 3 night trip to Amsterdam with husband Pete, it was my first time in this beautiful city and it more than lived up to my expectations.Read More
We thought it might be nice to share a few shots from our studio open day in early May. It is always such a huge amount of work to make the studio presentable & hide away the clutter of everyday working life. I actually started preparations in the Autumn of last year - getting a woodburner fitted, a new kitchen unit & general painting and tidying. The vintage pieces of furniture always need a lot of work too as generally they sit in a corner feeling sorry for themselves for a long time until I can find the time to give them the tlc that is often needed. But it was all really worth it in the end and I was really fortunate to have lots of help from friends and family along the way.
Many thanks to Alys from Olive Living for the last two images.
The setting was Burton Mill, near Petworth, which in itself is a treat - a lovely historic water mill with just the right amount of rustic shabbiness, set in a nature reserve,
Hector and the Fox have lots on their calendar in the run up to Christmas, including seasonal walks with lunch afterwards (one mentions treacle tart which is a very tempting proposition). We had such a lovely time as the whole event was very relaxed, with simple tasty food, a gorgeous setting and wonderful hosts....all in all a winning combination!
Thank you Ian & Paulo!
For those of you who aren’t obsessed with vintage fabrics and maybe even for those of you that are, I thought a little background on the fabric and how it came to be part of the Winter’s Moon range might be of interest. Verdure was designed in 1965 by Peter Hall for Heals, in a collection comprising five colourways, that I know of. It was hugely popular and according to Peter, it was Heals’ all time biggest selling design during the 1960's, they printed 10,000 metres of this design alone. The pattern was used in everything from clothes to accessories, also used widely in schools and hospitals for curtaining, and even used for light upholstery on chairs and cushions. The design is also held as part of the textile archive at the Victoria & Albert museum. That so many metres of it were produced is evident in the fact that there is still quite a lot of the vintage fabric around today.
I had always loved the design I think due to its simplicity (which isn’t actually so simple when you study the layout) and scale – its works really well for cushions and lampshades.
My idea to pursue it for Winter’s Moon basically started in January 2014 with one of those ‘I wonder?’ moments. I was sat in the studio looking through my pile of vintage fabrics and wished I could see what Verdure would look like in more contemporary colourways….I googled ‘Peter Hall textile designer’ and lo & behold I found him, living in New Zealand where he works as an artist. Sending an email was the next hurdle….umpteen re-writes and I forced myself to press ‘send’. I was very conscious how small a company Winter’s Moon is so did my best not to misrepresent or oversell myself but just said how much I loved the design and wanted to see it given another outing and to my delight Peter said yes to allowing me to produce it in new colourways. He had final sign off and made a few changes to the colours (always improvements) along the way and here we are.
I know that Verdure is a favourite of many other vintage fabric lovers out there, so have felt a little anxious at working with a design that others have such affection for, but have done my utmost to treat it with the respect it deserves and hopefully to introduce it to a whole new audience.
As part of the London Design Festival, Winter's Moon were invited by Thornback & Peel to show a range of vintage inspired homewares and mid-century furniture upholstered with their hand-printed fabrics.
We are really excited by this collaboration and more information about other events in the area can be found on The London Design Festival website.
7 Rugby Street Bloomsbury London WC1N 3QT
Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd September 2013
PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 18th September
EXHIBITION: Monday - Friday 11am - 7pm Saturday 11am - 6pm Sunday 12am -5pm
Hopefully the info above says it all, I am really excited to be sharing the studio for this event & you can find out more about Barbara, Joel & their work here: www.joelschanginglandscapes.blogspot.co.uk
This is also one of the weekends of Chichester Art Trail, so there will be other creative stuff to see in the local area if you fancy making a day of it!
We have made a few custom shades recently & the question of size & proportion always arises. I took a few images of different size shades for my customer's use & my own records but thought they may be useful to other folk too.
Please excuse the brown paper method, but it worked! The other tricky factor when making the shades up is that not all fabrics are wide enough to make up the larger sizes, so that's another hurdle to overcome sometimes. For our shades in Nasturtium the fabric panels have to be printed up the length of the fabric.
Anyway this isn't the most stimulating of blog posts but hope it may be useful to others out there & if you are interested in a bespoke shade please get in touch.
Finally this was a recent bespoke beauty....45cm diameter by 40 cm high...in case you're curious!
Before Christmas we started working on a vintage Parker Knoll suite for a very lovely local customer, the sofa is shown above in all its gorgeous new glory. The suite consists of a sofa & two chairs which were in a sad brown velour cover with a grim opaque stain to the legs (already removed in the image below), and a fairly saggy support structure.
We looked at lots of fabrics and eventually the customer chose heather & ginger coloured pure wool fabrics from an English Mill. Then our upholsterer got to work, sorting the support and making them beautiful.
Based on our perky table it was made to the customer's chosen size, to be used as a dining table with a great green Formica top. We made a subtle change to the leg design to strengthen the structure & it turned out very well indeed. Please get in touch if you would like more info on pricing for a similar piece.
We are opening our studio doors again for a STUDIO SALE along with some of the other lovely businesses in the yard. Come and screen print a teatowel and buy some great creative presents from Handprinted, or sample the chocolate delights of Le Salon Du Chocolat (Fri eve only). Here at Winter's Moon we have been stockpiling some great vintage goodies, plus we have some lovely decorations and a whole heap of gorgeous stuff for the home.
When? Friday 7th (4-8pm) & Saturday 8th December, (10am - 4pm).
Where? 4 Horton's Yard, Melbourne Road, Chichester, PO19 7ND. Click here for a map
What else? Parking is available in the yard, and please note we can only take cash or cheque...sorry!
You can also catch us & some Christmas Fun at the following fab events:
THE PETWORTH HOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR. Sat 24th & Sun 25th Nov, click here for info.
MIDCENTURY MODERN (DULWICH) Sun 2nd Dec, click here for info.
Really hope to see you at one or other!
Some time ago I had a call from Juliet of designers Thornback & Peel enquiring about a sideboard for sale on Winter's Moon for their soon-to-open shop in London. This initial conversation & sale then led to an order for my last two Parker Knoll vintage armchairs one of which was to be covered in their distinctive 'Rabbits & Cabbages' fabric. The large pattern repeat of this fabric was quite a departure to the usual fabrics we use, & caused much discussion between myself & my patient upholsterer. I was really pleased with how the chair turned out as the proportions worked beautifully & it was very well received by Juliet & her team. I then received an invitation to the official opening of their new shop this week, not one to turn down an invitation, I trekked up there with yard neighbour Shirley of Handprinted & was able to see the chair in situ & their lovely shiny new shop too. It's in a great area near Bloomsbury & just down the road from Ben Petreath's store. The interior is a great backdrop of vintage pieces with their distinctive Victoriana inspired prints taking centre stage. It was also great meet Juliet in person finally & the shop was full to bursting of hip London folk & their lovely products...it's definitely worth a visit!
Find out more about Thornback & Peel's lovely collection here.
Well after a shocking lack of blog posts we are off for a week to the land of pizza, pasta & icecream. In my absence all orders that are in stock & any enquiries will be dealt with by the lovely Shirley. Any furniture orders/deliveries or made to order items will be dealt asap with upon my return (fat as a little piglet) on Tuesday 28th August.
Image courtesy of here