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Eleanor Pritchard Sale

Friday, June 24th, 2011 , No Comments

June may not seem like the perfect time to buy a lovely winter blanket… But we disagree.  Eleanor Pritchard is currently designing her new collection for this winter and we can’t wait to see the new designs! Sadly, some of her range will be discontinued to make room for when her new work is showcased [...]

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Creating Linen…

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 , No Comments

Join us at Fenton House and enjoy a documentary film about the creation of linen in Corsica, here is a short extract of the film… Call 0208 341 9721 to book tickets or visit

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Dictionaries & definitions

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 , No Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Les Soeurs Anglaises (see blog on 22 June) – if you’re in need of a relaxing, creative holiday in the beautiful French countryside this is the perfect place for you! Creative book artist Rachel Hazell will be leading a book binding course (28 July – 3 August) and each [...]

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Les Soeurs Anglaises

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 , 2 Comments

I have just attended Les Soeurs Anglaises embroidery course run by the lovely Susie Cowie. Centuries ago their Maison de Maître was a working walnut mill, but it has been tastefully transformed and provides the perfect place to have supper by the pool. L’espace is their newly converted barn which boasts a superb studio overlooking [...]

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I didn’t see it coming…

Monday, June 20th, 2011 , 2 Comments

But I’m glad it did! Here is Lesley Barnes’s latest work with band Belle & Sebastian. It has been a great afternoon treat in the Selvedge office and we hope you enjoy it too. Find out more about Lesley and her work here.

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The sad loss of Fibrearts

Friday, June 17th, 2011 , 10 Comments

It was with great sadness that I learnt of the demise of Fibrearts magazine. The publication had a huge impact on my life. In the library at the Glasgow School of Art I devoured every issue and through their pages I was introduced to the world of textile art. When I started to write, it [...]

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Birds of a feather flock together

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 , No Comments

A flock of beautifully stitched birds have just landed at the Selvedge shop. Handmade by designer Abigail Brown, these birds are looking for a new place to nest. The birds are lovingly made and we only have one of each… Shop online here Coloured birds £90 each and species birds from £182.

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Puns and needles

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 , 1 Comment

Malcolm Poynter’s pop art style employs the use of comics, cowboys, pin-ups, toys and cheap advertising to freshen up and elevate needlework for a more contemporary art market. His dual passion for Van Gogh artworks and Eagle magazine could attribute to his present style, which combines nude women and comic books… Visit his forthcoming exhibition [...]

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We love linen

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 , 6 Comments

Yesterday I visited the flax producing area in Northern Europe which produces 70% of the world’s linen. I saw the flax fields just coming into flower at a farm in Dunkirk. I visited La Linere in Bombourge, the largest scutching mill in the area; their warehouse with bales of flax piled floor to ceiling made [...]

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Autres Mers

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 , No Comments

Françoise Dupré, a French-born, London-based, knitted textile artist, is exhibiting new work at the Women’s Library until 30 September. ‘Autres Mers’ is a show of sculptural installations made up of seemingly mundane, disposable objects such as wire, shopping bags, bottle tops and of course Dupré’s usual medium, yarn. Typically, Dupré creates work that celebrates women’s [...]

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