Cushions to “brighten up your home this winter” according to Interior Designer Nicole Hood

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Cushions from my Cotswolds Inspired collection were snapped by Interior Designer Nicole Hood, on the Country Life / British Wool stand at Decorex International 2017; a show which is “internationally renowned for being the destination where interior design professionals discover the finest and most coveted luxury products from new, emerging and established talent” (www.decorex.com)

To see her blog post “7 ways to brighten up your home this winter”, go here

I designed the fabric for these cushions using hand-spun and dyed British Wool from rare breed sheep. The cloth was woven by hand, sufficient for only 3 of each pattern/colour combination. These designs are available (while stocks last) directly from Rebecca Connolly Design or through my only outlet, Vanessa Arbuthnott Fabrics

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Humbled to be amongst the wool ‘greats’

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On Wednesday I arrived at Baker Street, London, to run a weave workshop for The Campaign for Wool as part of their Wool Fusion event. I was chuffed to see my name in the big list of contributors on the outside of the venue!  Thanks to Thomas B Ramsden for providing the British Wool yarn used by the workshop participants to explore weaving.

This “stunning collection of photography surrounded by fashion, flooring, fabrics, furnishing and film” is beautiful, colourful, inspiring and thought-provoking too! It’s on for a couple more days so try and visit.

Herdwick wool weaving at Decorex

IMG_20170920_170017At the end of the 4 day show, I wove with wool dyed orange from Dahlia flowers to finish off, just before disassembling the loom.

The two-tone warp in grey British Herdwick Sheep’s wool, produced three versions of the design I had planned prior to the show, and I will continue to sample creating new versions now the loom is back in the studio.

My aim was to sample with the same yarns in the weft, changing the height of the blocks as they increased in width across the cloth. However the change in the pattern within the blocks was visually too subtle, so by changing the number, thickness and colour of threads in each weft pass/pick I created three versions, the definition improving each time.

My designs often originate from the properties of the wool I am challenged to work with. Hand-weaving with this Herdwick wool, resulted in a fabric I can see being used on large floor cushions in a rustic kitchen or outdoor room.

The Country Life / British Wool stand at Decorex International 2017

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On the British Wool / Country Life Magazine ‘Design Sense” stand at Decorex International 2017, flanked by Brintons Carpets , Roger Oates Design and Zoffany Fabrics and Wallpapers as interior design businesses who all use British Wool as an important part of their brand story. During the 4 days of the show I demonstrated hand-weaving on my old floor loom (as well as lots of talking to the lovely interested audience!) I wove a design created for the occasion in 2 natural grey Herdwick wool yarns.