Our cards are designed and entirely handmade in Lancashire in our Farmhouse Studio converted from the old cow shed (In Lancashire this is called a “shippon”). We have a small team of very dedicated and meticulous helpers. Each one of our cards features an exquisite unique handmade embroidery in a contemporary design. The embroideries are stitched here using a variety of stitchery techniques, including appliqué, machine embroidery and fabric painting. Unusual fabrics are incorporated with each other, and often layered to produce a range of unique, individual greeting card designs. The background of the cards are often printed with images of more intricate free-machine embroidery and embellished with hand painted glitter, bows, ribbons etc.
Also all our cards are printed here in our Studio, giving the flexibility that we like to offer.
As a small UK based business we are able to offer customers a truly personalised service, with smaller orders of special requests our speciality. Also we are able to offer speedy and reliable delivery times.
All cards are mounted on board manufactured in The Lake District from 100% elemental chlorine free pulp from FSC Credit Certified Timber. The board that we use is a beautiful ivory, embossed with a silk-weave texture, to enhance the tactile textile feel of the card.
Each greeting card is presented with a top quality, substantial envelope to protect the precious contents. This is then wrapped in a high quality 40micron clear cellophane bag.
I have always felt at home with textiles and stichery. From the time I made dolls clothes on our mother’s ‘wind-the-handle’ Singer sewing machine, through enjoying art and needlework at school. During my teenage years I made most of my own clothes and bags, and was a true 70's young hippy! Then on to the turn to the 80's studying Fashion Textile Design at the University of Brighton, graduating in 1984, making clothes and numerous bits and bobs. At University (Polytechnic then) in Brighton I loved using colour, and specialized in woven textiles. I loved designing colour and weave patterns to trick the eye to think the textile was something that it was not! I won the prestigious Sir Frank Warner Memorial Medal given by the Royal Society of Arts for the ‘Best Textile Design' for a range of colour and weave patterns that looked and felt like FairIsle knitting.
My textile passion continues today, to create the most beautiful, tactile, luxurious stitched images. After initially pursuing a career in retail buying with Heals and Simpson’s of Piccadilly, I returned to weaving and design on a consultancy basis. Then after a change of location from Berkshire to Lancashire in 1994, starting a family, and renovating our family farmhouse, I returned to my first passion of embroidery. What was a hobby, making cards for family and friends has become a small business.