7 nov

The Story of Verdure

For those of you who aren’t obsessed with vintage fabrics and maybe even for those of you that are, I thought a little background on the fabric and how it came to be part of the Winter’s Moon range might be of interest.

Verdure was designed in 1965 by Peter Hall for Heals, in a collection comprising five colourways, that I know of. It was hugely popular and according to Peter, it was Heals’ all time biggest selling design during the 1960′s, they printed 10,000 metres of this design alone. The pattern was used in everything from clothes to accessories, also used widely in schools and hospitals for curtaining, and even used for light upholstery on chairs and cushions. The design is also held as part of the textile archive at the Victoria & Albert museum. That so many metres of it were produced is evident in the fact that there is still quite a lot of the vintage fabric around today.

I had always loved the design I think due to its simplicity (which isn’t actually so simple when you study the layout) and scale – its works really well for cushions and lampshades.

My idea to pursue it for Winter’s Moon basically started in January 2014 with one of those ‘I wonder?’ moments. I was sat in the studio looking through my pile of vintage fabrics and wished I could see what Verdure would look like in more contemporary colourways….I googled ‘Peter Hall textile designer’ and lo & behold I found him, living in New Zealand where he works as an artist. Sending an email was the next hurdle….umpteen re-writes and I forced myself to press ‘send’. I was very conscious how small a company Winter’s Moon is so did my best not to misrepresent or oversell myself but just said how much I loved the design and wanted to see it given another outing and to my delight Peter said yes to allowing me to produce it in new colourways.  He had final sign off and made a few changes to the colours (always improvements) along the way and here we are.

I know that Verdure is a favourite of many other vintage fabric lovers out there, so have felt a little anxious at working with a design that others have such affection for, but have done my utmost to treat it with the respect it deserves and hopefully to introduce it to a whole new audience.

26 aug

Thornback & Peel with Winter’s Moon for The London Design Festival

As part of the London Design Festival, Winter’s Moon were invited by Thornback & Peel to show a range of vintage inspired homewares and mid-century furniture upholstered with their hand-printed fabrics.

21 apr

Studio Sale May 10th – 12th with Extra Special Guests!

Hopefully the info above says it all, I am really excited to be sharing the studio for this event & you can find out more about Barbara, Joel & their work here:

www.joelschanginglandscapes.blogspot.co.uk

www.barbaramacfarlane.com 

This is also one of the weekends of Chichester Art Trail, so there will be other creative stuff to see in the local area if you fancy making a day of it!

27 mar

It’s all a matter of proportion!

We have made a few custom shades recently & the question of size & proportion always arises. I took a few images of different size shades for my customer’s use & my own records but thought they may be useful to other folk too.


14 feb

A little bit of before & after!

Before Christmas we started working on a vintage Parker Knoll suite for a very lovely local customer, the sofa is shown above in all its gorgeous new glory.

1 jan

Pea Green!

This fresh & perfectly pea green table was a bespoke order that went out at the eleventh hour before Christmas….all in time to be used for eating sprouts on Christmas day!

12 nov

Where to catch us this Christmas!

We are opening our studio doors again for a STUDIO SALE along with some of the other lovely businesses in the yard. Come and screen print a teatowel and buy some great creative presents from Handprinted, or sample the chocolate delights of Le Salon Du Chocolat (Fri eve only).

Here at Winter’s Moon we have been stockpiling some great vintage goodies, plus we have some lovely decorations and a whole heap of gorgeous stuff for the home.

13 oct

Thornback & Peel’s New Shop (& our chair)!

Some time ago I had a call from Juliet of  designers Thornback & Peel enquiring about a sideboard for sale on Winter’s Moon for their soon-to-open shop in London. This initial conversation & sale then led to an order for my last two Parker Knoll vintage armchairs one of which was to be covered in their distinctive ‘Rabbits & Cabbages’ fabric.  The large pattern repeat of this fabric was quite a departure to the usual fabrics we use, & caused much discussion between myself & my patient upholsterer.  I was really pleased with how the chair turned out as the proportions worked beautifully &  it was very well received by Juliet & her team.

I then received an invitation to the official opening of their new shop this week, not one to turn down an invitation, I trekked up there with yard neighbour Shirley of Handprinted & was able to see the chair in situ & their lovely shiny new shop too. It’s in a great area near Bloomsbury & just down the road from Ben Petreath’s store. The interior is a great backdrop of vintage pieces with their distinctive Victoriana inspired prints taking centre stage. It was also great meet Juliet in person finally & the shop was full to bursting of hip London folk & their lovely products…it’s definitely worth a visit!

Find out more about Thornback & Peel’s lovely collection here.

 

 

19 aug

Ciao!

Well after a shocking lack of blog posts we are off for a week to the land of pizza, pasta & icecream. In my absence all orders that are in stock & any enquiries will be dealt with by the lovely Shirley. Any furniture orders/deliveries or made to order items will be dealt asap with upon my return (fat as a little piglet) on Tuesday 28th August.

Julia x

Image courtesy of here

 

 

 

6 jul

Another Transformation

After & before…..Our clever customer chose a gorgeous soft green fabric for this chair & it worked beautifully. The fabric is made from hemp so ticked the environmental box too, good choice Alison!

The original soggy seat cushion was replaced and we also found a stool that matched really well to ensure her new place of relaxation was complete.

Both pieces were professionally reupholstered and are now set to be enjoyed for a good few years to come.