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Mackintosh Rose Silk Scarf

Mackintosh Rose Silk Scarf

My most popular scarf recently has been a design that I have been painting for several years now though as they are all hand painted, they vary each time I paint them. I find it interesting how my designs change organically over the years too.

This one was obviously inspired by the work, not just of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, but The Glasgow School as a whole. I hadn't really realised, until I visited the fantastic exhibition "Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style" a while ago, that it was the whole group that used this rose motif and not only...


Lockdown Diary of a Maker Part 2

Well, here we go again! This is the third time the studio shop is shut now and to be honest, I am glad. I was starting to feel uncomfortable and unsafe being open and was about to close anyway. I had been operating with a barrier across my doorway so people could see most things but could only come in if invited after putting on a mask and sanitising their hands. I started doing that in July after "the long lockdown" and have continued with that ever since to make customers feel safe . People seem to have really appreciated...


How to Wash Silk Scarves

If you have already been told that your silk scarf is colourfast and can be washed then this is what I recommend to all my customers for my scarves. Hand wash in luke warm water with a mild soap or detergent. There is no real need to use a specialist wash for silk,...


Sewing silk-how I do it.

Silk is renowned for being difficult to sew but over my 34 years of experience painting and sewing it, I have a few ideas that might help. I have tried many of the tips given by others such as sewing through tissue paper and with silk thread but there are only one or two suggestions that I have found helpful I will share with you.

Use a sharp needle. I have bought specially fine sharp ones but really, a normal one is fine as long as it IS sharp and...


Coronavirus coping strategy for makers

Well, today I decided to have a chat about how I am coping (or not) after just over one week of semi isolation, having someone at high risk at home.

I have had a few website and notonthehighstreet orders but I think we are all still, rightly, in shock and trying to find coping strategies for ourselves as well as our very small businesses. It feels good that we should get government help but I feel I need some continuum with work too. My garden has never looked better since...