Well it’s goodbye to 2007 and
we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
It’s always a challenge to find gifts which embody our cherished
principles of beauty, form and function, so this issue it’s
a pleasure to be able to share some ideas for inspired pieces
to fill your Christmas stockings.
WISH LIST... If you’re going to treat yourself
or a friend this holiday, make
sure it’s a gift worth having. All Selvedge objects
are crafted by independent designers from the finest materials
including these Huopaliike Lahtinen Finnish felt slippers.
Made from 100% wool, they’re durable, warm and will keep
you snug and stylish all season** www.selvedge.org.
**UK orders must be received before 19 December to ensure they
arrive in time for Christmas.
Winner of the
‘Best Growing Business’ award in the Country
Living ‘Enterprising Rural Women
Awards 2007’, Made in Hastings, is run
by six local women artists and makers and is packed with handmade
treasures. Their hand painted Fairy and Doggy
Tambourines by Claire Fletcher recall
Victorian toys and are perfect for musical little hands.
...Or how about these knitted lambswool
Russian Dolls from eco-conscious vendors The Black Rabbit?
They’ll sit pretty on your shelf alongside a stripey monster,
monkey or a knitted robin red breast that can hang from your tree
(from £5.50 each). www.theblackrabbit.co.uk
For festive trim or a flower for the party
season visit VV Rouleaux www.vvrouleaux.com
The passementerie purveyors are listed in Jennefer Penfold’s
pocket guide for textile lovers, Fabric and Fashion in
Paris and London. With addresses of the best fabric shops,
museums, fashion schools and historical sites in both capitals,
you’ll be lost without it. Contact Jen on T: +425
775 1157 Jennefer_Penfold@hotmail.com
Hallmark estimates that 1.9 billion
Christmas cards are sent each year in the US alone so spare some
goodwill for the environment. These attractive ‘Bicycle
Ride’ cards from the V&A,
are made from sustainable and recycled paper - even the envelopes
are made from juice cartons and the wrapping from cornstarch!
There is a range of designs and gift ideas too. To order online
If you’re mailing your cards from
over the pond this month you can brighten them up with these textile-themed
designs just issued by the U.S. Postal Service. The ‘Holiday
Knits’ collection features four stamps with classic
seasonal imagery designed and machine knitted by illustrator Nancy
Stahl: a regal stag, a snowdappled Christmas tree, a
snowman sporting a top hat and a teddy bear.
Mail them or just collect them! www.usps.com
all year long and taking pride of place on many bookshelves Selvedge
really does make the perfect Christmas gift. Along with six beautiful
issues the recipient will be sent a pair of Toast
hand dipped beeswax candles.* To arrange a gift call or visit
our website, T: +44 (0)20 8341 9721 www.selvedge.org
|*Offer ends 31 December 2007. One gift or discount
Toast’s beautiful hand dipped beeswax candles are
subtly honey-scented. Every new subscriber and renewal will receive
a pair of dinner candles worth £5.95.* They’ll be
perfect for the table on Christmas day! www.toast.co.uk