N is for… New

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collection of fabric doorstops / bookends handmade by Sarah Nicol

green fabric doorstop / bookend handmade by Sarah Nicol green fabric doorstop / bookend handmade by Sarah Nicol

We’re known for vintage here at H is for Home

collection of greeting cards by artist Gail Kelly featuring British trees, all taken from original linocuts hand-printed onto Irish linen

greeting card by artist Gail Kelly featuring an apple tree, taken from an original linocut hand-printed onto Irish linen

…but we also like to stock a smattering of new items too.

washing line display of 100% cotton hopsack tea towels designed and hand screen printed by Skinny laMinx in Cape Town, South Africa

100% cotton hopsack tea towel designed and hand screen printed by Skinny laMinx in Cape Town, South Africa. This design is entitled Borrowed Spoons

Things that we think sit well – contemporary products with a vintage or folk art feel.

vintage coffee set with cafetiere cosy handmade and embroidered by Janie (Knitted Textiles)

cafetiere cosy handmade and embroidered by Janie (Knitted Textiles)

We look for a handmade aspect too. These are a few examples – all currently available on our website.

Friday Folks – Heather Moore

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Collection of handmade purses using Skinny laMinx fabric

Here’s the second installment in our new series of Friday Folks. The introductory post about was really well received and like us, many people found Dee amazing. We’re certain that Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx will be equally inspirational! We’ve stocked Heather’s products in our H is for Home shop since we launched – and they’ve always proved really popular.

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Who are you & what do you do?
I’m Heather Moore and I’m an illustrator and surface designer. I have a label called Skinny laMinx, for which I design and produce fabrics, make things with my fabrics, and also do other bits and bobs.

portrait of Heather Moore, aka Skinny laMinx

How did you get into the business?
As with most things, I kind of fell into it by chance. I was tired of all the illustration work I’d been doing, so started doing some screenprinting and showing what I’d done on my blog, and I got a good reaction, so I made more. There’s been very little planning along the way, I have to admit.

cushion covered in Skinny laMinx 'Eep' fabric sitting on a vintage circular wicker chair

Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by people who do things properly, with energy, integrity and pride. Barry, the guy who recently renovated the back of our apartment building, was a total inspiration in the way he worked hard, used the best materials, and stood by his work with pride. Love that! I’m also inspired by the way things were made and the way they looked in the 50s and 60s, and especially the things that came out of Scandinavia. I love textiles from that era, and the colours that were popular. Somehow, it just works for me.

Skinny laMinx Frankenflower mug

What has been your greatest success?
Well, I think the question should be more along the lines of “what’s the biggest dose of luck you’ve had?”, as I’ve just been incredibly fortunate with all the wonderful opportunities that have fallen into my lap. I’m very thrilled to have Heath Ceramics stocking my things, and I’m thrilled at all the wonderful media coverage Skinny laMinx has got. Right now though, I think my biggest dose of luck is to have found the perfect person to help me run Skinny laMinx, as it was starting to become too much for me to handle.

Skinny laMinx 'cloud birds' fabric with scissorsLaser cut Skinny laMinx brown card tags with ball of brown string

Have you got any advice for someone wanting to break into the business?
Really, as I’ve just stumbled my way along with no planning, foresight or vision, I’m not sure I’d be a good dispenser of advice. However, I do think that hard work, friendliness and generosity counts for a lot. Keeping a blog on which you record your work, inspiration and thoughts is also a valuable thing to do. It’s useful on a personal level, as it’s a great discipline and way of keeping track of what you’re up to, and it’s also a good insight for anyone interested in supporting your business, as it’ll give them some insight into who you are and where you’re going.

If you’re the owner of any of Skinny laMinx‘s beautiful things, there’s a Flickr group where you can share your love!

Throw in the towel

No, H is for Home hasn’t actually thrown in the towel – we’re just doing a short blog about the humble but sometimes wonderful, everyday object… the tea towel.

It was the acquisition of this example last week which brought it to mind. This vintage Irish linen tea towel was manufactured by ‘Old Bleach’ in the 1960s.

We already had a very similar one by the same maker – we love the period designs with their stylised birds and foliage.

They’re both in pristine, unused condition – we think we might get them framed.

Tea towels are always popular on the website. We’re always on the lookout for vintage aprons, cloths etc… They’re quite hard to find in excellent condition.

Here are a few favourites that have passed through the shop…

…and no blog post about teatowels would be complete without mentioning Skinny laMinx!

Her designs are fabulous!

Here are the tea towels we have in store at the moment!

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Kate Stuparyk of Ottawa- she’s the winner of our quiz. The Skinny laMinx apron & tea towel will shortly be making their way to her. They must be the most well-travelled kitchen textiles in the world – from South Africa to the UK and onwards to Canada!

For the rest of you, here are those answers:

  1. March
  2. Orange
  3. Thursday
  4. Fudge
  5. Grete Prytz Kittelsen
  6. Arabesque
  7. Granny Glittens
  8. Villeroy & Boch
  9. Mary Quant
  10. Fat Lava

Thanks for taking part, we hope you found it fun.

UPDATE: Here’s a photo Kate has sent us showing her modeling her prize!