I am really excited to be able to have Molly Freshwater, from The Secret Linen Store, answer my questions for this post. Sisters Molly and Harriet have 35 years experience in bedroom high street retail, having worked with some of the most famous and respected brands. They’ve been making beautiful bed linen for many years, and know exactly what's what when it comes to comfort and quality!Read More
We continue our Small Business Show & Tell series with our conversation with Nathalie Bond who handcrafts small batches of botanical skincare and essential oil candles, using completely natural and organic ingredients (which are currently stocked at Winter's Moon).Read More
Welcome to the fifth post in my small business blog series 'Show & Tell'. Ths post lets us into the very wonderful world of designer, illustrator and author Jane Foster. I have known Jane since the early days of Winter's Moon and have her artwork on my walls at home.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
Welcome to the fourth post in my small business blog series 'Show & Tell'. I am thrilled that Caroline Rowland, founder of 91 Magazine, has agreed to share her considerable wisdom as part of my Show & Tell series. Caroline's journey from blogger to indie magazine publisher is really inspiring and has been so heartening to watch.
Winter's Moon stocks this gorgeous magazine & am delighted to say that the studio features in their S/S 2018 issue - which I was just so chuffed about.Read More
Welcome to my third post in my small business blog series 'Show & Tell'. I am SO excited to be able to share the knowledge and experience of the super-talented Heather Moore who runs Skinny laMinx.
I have been a long-time admirer of Heather and her fab business, and have loved watching it grow over the years with a really authentic and consistent style.Read More
For the first post in my blog small business series 'Show & Tell' I shared with you a few of the things that have tripped me up and that I have learnt since I started Winter's Moon. Today it is turn of my wonderful friend Shirley Scott who runs Handprinted.
For a short period Handprinted was based next door to the Winter's Moon studio, Shirley and I became good friends sharing the struggle of running an online business and also a love of the creative stuff. Handprinted sadly needed more space so Shirley moved to a larger premises in Bognor in 2015 and has created a really great business there selling and teaching all things printmaking.Read More
At numerous times over the past couple of years I have had a 'I want to go to Maison Objet' conversation with a couple of different friends. Maison Objet is a huge trade show in Paris, showcasing interiors and design products from all over the world, and somehow it all felt a little daunting so I never quite got there. Then at the end of last year my friend Alys & I gave ourselves a talking to and decided to just bloody well go. So we did!Read More
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
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.
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