Happy to have my shop re-opened on Etsy. Since Etsy is an American website, and America has a rich tradition of quilting it’s ideal to sell my quilts here; https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/QuiltsbyLisaWatson
And here’s a reminder of the 5 fabulous British made Harris Tweed and sumptuous velvet quilts and 2 sweet summer cotton quilts that are currently for sale;
Of course, you can still also buy my quilts on folksy, the British based website too; https://folksy.com/shops/stitchpics
Manly or Girly, what’s a quilt to be? I only ask, as yesterday was Father’s Day and last week I attended the inspiring & invigorating Meet the Manufacturer event organised by the impressive Kate Hills from Make it British. From Grande Dames of British Manufacturing and I’m not just talking about Mary Portas here (although I’m told her presentation as anticipated hit a bullseye for the Make it British target mark) through to start ups like Quilts by Lisa Watson, we were brought together by our passion for Best of British.
I met some fascinating people and found out about some brilliant British businesses. Two businesses that stood out with strong manly brands were;
The Great British Banjo Company…which is now;
I met the charming CEOs of both these companys and amidst the amiable chatter I was led to musing, how manly (or girly) my British Made Harris Tweed and luxurious velvet quilts are?
One side of my quilts are stitched in a traditional strip style of quilt made of Tweed. Harris Tweed is a robust hardwearing woollen fabric which lasts. However, check closely and the flecks in the weave include a rainbow of colours. The other side of my quilts combine luxurious velvet and distinctly British printed fabrics. Who can resist the feel of velvet and it’s a wee bit less stratchy to touch than say army issue blankets. Prints can be subjective, but I know many Renaissance men who rock a liberty print shirt. Quilts have always been fantastic at recycling materials, telling a story and bringing communities together in the great tradition of the sewing bee. Yes, the majority of quilters, both grass root and professional makers are female, however there is also an acknowledged tradition among the services of soldiers quilting and sailors knitting to alleviate the boredom, way way back in the day before social media.
My tongue is cheek point is in the 21st century metrosexual males are in touch with the feminine, whilst in the great tradition of our male British heroes, are also comfortable in their own skins.
Manly or Girly, what’s a quilt to be? It doesn’t matter! What matters is that Quilts by Lisa Watson are 100% British made, using fabulous fabrics, colours and textures and you are guaranteed a distinctly unique quilt that is made to last and will just grow better with age, as even more of your stories are interwoven into its fabrics.
Check out these great manly British brands;
To buy British, look no further than;
I wanted to extend my range of quilts and provide an lighter cotton quilt, ideal to keep any nighttime chills at bay, while have the perfect combination of summer patterns; seaside stripes or English rose to brighten up your bed, sofa, deckchair, loveseat, swing or veranda!
And this is my new quilt; fabulous colour and textile combinations with Harris Tweed Hebrides stitched in a traditional quilt strip style on one side, vivid yellow British velvet surrounded by Bukhotta fabric by Tinsmiths on the other, all piped and quilted with shimmering gun metal buttons. Delicious. Now you have to decide where it looks best…
Peter Caines is the website genius behind my new look website; http://www.pchelpforyou.co.uk/
Jo Bradbury is my star photographer; http://www.jobradbury.co.uk/
I really enjoyed showing my sumptuous quilts at Home Is In The North last Saturday at St Peter’s a deconsecrated church where the Halle orchestra practise, which is in Ancoats, central Manchester. The venue, the atmosphere, the visitors and of course the lovely exhibitors all made my day.
A more eloquent appraisal of the day can be found by the wordsmith Matt at his blog for his brand; Northern Letters; http://www.northernletters.co.uk/home-manchester-interior-design/
Here are some pics from the day;
These were all taken by talented Garry from Lomas & Lomas; https://www.facebook.com/garrylomasphotography
My friend Tricia sneaked into a couple of these photos. Can you spot her in blue? Tricia retired last Friday (congrats!) and her creative daughter Stephanie is one half of; https://www.facebook.com/OhBotherDesign
If you couldn’t make it to the inaugral #HIITN, thankfully the amazing Rachael http://www.eventsbythesocialbutterfly.com/ has already set a date for a festive Home Is In The North on Saturday 15th November. That’s a date for the diary then…