Joanne's Blog

Which scarf is for me?

I am always getting asked for advice on which scarf to buy either for the customer or for a gift so I thought I would give some thoughts and ideas to my blog, so here goes......

Do you love scarves and feel confident on lots of ways to tie them?

If you do, and are not limited by price, I would recommend the premium long scarves. They are a slightly thicker silk and wider so you can do so much more with them and they look more dramatic. They are easily folded down and are not bulky when you...


Fab Salvage Bags!

Fab Salvage Bags!

So now we are in lockdown again, I am busy making the big bags I create from salvaged fabrics.

I have a collection of jeans and leather jackets etc that I have bought from charity shops or friends have given me, so I use these to make panels with pockets, bag bottoms and straps. This is my starting point for the bag.

Next, I select a couple of  "feature" pieces for each side. Again, I have a huge collection of beautiful interior fabric remnants, samples and swatches, vintage Liberty, Morris and Co, Sanderson, tweeds and Japanese obi fabric that I...


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,...