Lisa Watson Blog
Tis the season of giving, and we’ve got something truly special for you!
From the 1st to the 24th of December, 24 talented Manchester-based makers are joining forces to spread some festive cheer with our Manchester Makers Festive Giveaway!
Every day, a new discipline will take the spotlight – textiles, jewellery, woodwork, screen printing, 3D printing, glass, ceramics and art! Don’t miss your chance to win unique creations.
How to participate:
1. Follow the Instagram account of the featured maker of the day.
2. Like the giveaway post.
3. Tag a friend.
It’s that simple!
Remember, this is a celebration of local talent, so let’s keep it merry and local! Support Manchester makers and discover the joy of unique, handcrafted treasures. And hey, even if luck isn’t on your side, add your favourite maker’s masterpiece to your Christmas wish list!
Mark your calendars:
The maker will unveil their giveaway post at 9 am on their nominated day. The lucky winner will be announced the next day after 9 am.
Only open to UK residents.
Join us in making this festive season a little brighter with the magic of Manchester craftsmanship!Read More
I really enjoy being part of fairs across the country, the atmosphere is always lively and it’s fun to talk to fellow makers & attendees. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to talk and purchase at my 2023 fairs. Find me at my final five, following & forthcoming face to face (plus, one online!) 2023 fairs with my super soft, super warm and super light lambswool blankets, unique Quilts & one of kind Harris Tweed patchwork cushions, plus lots more Made in GB textiles for the home to brighten up your interiors, as well as keep you warm & cosy.
I am heading to the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe for Supernova, part of their seasonal Shooting Stars event, on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November
For festive shopping from the comfort of your armchair, GNNCFonline is on throughout weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
2024 fair dates will be added when confirmed…
One of a kind bespoke quilt commissions are always welcome.
I am truly thankful to have had another busy year in 2022 stitching bespoke quilt commissions. Here are just some of the quilts I stitched last year shown here in situ in their new homes:
If you wish me to make you a quilt from cherished old clothes, or from your own special stash of fabric, I can work with you to design a quilt to the size&style that fits you&your home. I can also stitch a quilt (-floor cushion-tent-laptop cover-you decide) as a special gift to celebrate a significant event, or I can make a personalised quilt just for you or for a loved one.
Onward…& do get in touch to discuss your quilt commission ideas further.Read More
My Folklore Fabric Tote Bags measure a generous 42.4cm in length, 47.5 in width and 10cm in depthThese cheery colourful cotton Tote Bags are also a real colour tonic to counteract any dreary April days!The woven patterns in the Folklore Fabric can be found in designs throughout our everyday lives, in textiles, interiors and also in architecture so they have a reassuring familiarity to them.
Find your NEW Summery Tote Bag here
Folklore Fabric is unique to my shop and was an exciting collaboration between myself, as the designer, Richard MR Smith, a master weaver and talented folk at Weisters Mill in Darwen, Lancashire. Since I have only a few Folklore Fabric cushions remaining, I evolved my Folklore Fabric into a useful reusable roomy cotton Tote Bag, ideal for all your shopping purchases, or to keep your daily jetsam and flotsam in when you are out and about.Read More
I’m really pleased to announce my updated and easier to use and even more eye-catching website:
My web wizard Jonathan from WebFlair has been completing lots of SEO and behind the scenes coding magic, which although invisible to the naked eye, makes all the difference to website usability (&visibility!) and I’m working at familiarising myself with the new methodology for updating all By Lisa Watson (that’s me!) webpages. I think I’m getting there…
Please do have a look see and let me know what you think?
Keep yourself in the loop and up to date with developments at By Lisa Watson by clicking on the link & subscribing to my mailing list
I send out a one page eye catching Mailchimp newsletter (no more than once a month) which includes all the latest news, what’s coming up at quilt towers and off course a heads up on any forthcoming special offers.
You can also find out about By Lisa Watson forthcoming events by visiting my What’s On page.
So, do click on the link & subscribe to my mailing list Onward…Read More
I am Super thrilled to be featured In Woman&home March issue
It’s all about my small Made in GB textile business
And particularly my Patchwork Quilt Commissions
Thank you to Kim for the article
And the talented Jo Bradbury for the images
Plus, my entrepreneurial friend the Laura for loaning her home for the photoshoot
Happy Day ☺️
P.S Find me on p34&35Read More
Manchester’s much loved Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair presents GNCCFonline 2-3 December 2023. Spend the weekend browsing and buying the best of British craft from your sofa!
Scroll through the specially selected makers from jewellers to ceramicists and textile designers to furniture makers and find something you love for the people you love this Christmas
It’s an ideal opportunity to buy or commission unique handmade designs for you and your home
And as thoughtful gifts Buy less, buy better, buy handmade this Christmas
Fair opens 8am Saturday 2 December.
Click this link to find out more about all the delicious items on offer
Personally I love autumn
the leaves turning, the brisk mornings and warm sunny days at this time of year. Of course, this is an ideal version of the marvellously problematic British weather which like many (Scottish) Mancunians I can be ever so slightly obsessive about (the weather & Manchester!) However, quilts and blankets come into their own in autumn and as well as brightening up a room with a pop of colour on the back of the sofa, or as a eye catching runner at the end of a bed, now you can start using them too!
With cosy autumnal days cuddling up in a quilt or blanket in mind, it’s exciting to be back at my friendly local Altrincham Market this weekend; Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October, as well as Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November. On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, I’m really looking forward to being part of Elmslie House in Malvern, Blue Magpie Festive Fair
I hope to see you a makers fair soon xRead More
Hope you can make?
And if so, see you there xRead More