Archive for the ‘Textiles’ Category

The Somme – Remembering my Great Grandfather, Walter Jordan

Posted by ellielaycock on July 1, 2016 in Textiles | No Comments

From the Thiepval Memorial “JORDAN, Pte. Walter, 16/1186. 16th Bn. West Yorkshire Regt. 1st July, 1916.” My journey into discovering more about my great grandfather, Walter Jordan, began with my gran’s wedding certificate. She never knew anything about her father because he died before she was one year old. On her marriage certificate, he’s named […]

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Grayson Perry at National Portrait Gallery ‘Who Are You?’

Posted by ellielaycock on February 17, 2015 in Textiles | No Comments

I was lucky enough to catch up with some old friends and have a look round one of my favourite galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, in London yesterday, specifically to see the Grayson Perry exhibition. What struck me was the attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship in all of his work, which was […]

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Hunted and Stuffed + Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Posted by ellielaycock on December 1, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

‘A Room of One’s Own’ by Virginia Woolf. “In 1919 the Woolf’s bough Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell. This was a small weather-boarded house (now owned by the National Trust) which they used principally for summer holidays until they were bombed out of their flat in Mecklenburgh Square, London in 1940 when it […]

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Victorian Calling Cards – English visiting etiquette in the late 1800s

Posted by ellielaycock on October 3, 2014 in Textiles | No Comments

In England in the late 1800s, visiting one’s friends and relatives required a calling card. These Victorian equivalents of text messages were rectangular cards with the visitor’s name engraved or printed onto one side and covered with a highly coloured and decorated die-cut flap of paper. These designs incorporated many motifs and symbols including meaningful […]

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GANNEX, My Granny and the Lost Mills of Yorkshire.

Posted by ellielaycock on January 8, 2014 in Textiles | 14 Comments

To my amazement and joy, I recently sourced some fabulous deadstock fabric that had been produced at the now demolished Gannex Mill in Greater Elland, Yorkshire. Always one to love a bit of research to uncover the stories behind the vintage fabrics that we upcycle, I discovered that this unique textile is a surviving piece […]

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Hunted and Stuffed Equestrian Cushion Featured on TV series GEORGE CLARKE’S AMAZING SPACES!

Posted by ellielaycock on November 15, 2013 in Textiles | No Comments

We’re thrilled to tell you that one of our Equestrian themed upcycled vintage cushions was selected to appear on last night’s TV episode of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces on Channel 4! For those of you not familiar with this programme, architect George Clarke presents a show that celebrates the extraordinary world of small design – […]

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‘A Colourful Adventure’ – Upcycling project with Farrow & Ball, Purple Carrot and The Perching Post, London.

Posted by ellielaycock on October 10, 2013 in Textiles | No Comments

Last month I was approached by the lovely Lauren from Farrow & Ball, Richmond to collaborate on an exciting new upcycling project to support Purple Carrot, a community project based in Barnes. Purple Carrot, the brainchild of Illana Adamson, upcycles furniture that would otherwise end up in landfill and aims to create a route for […]

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‘Creating The Vintage Look’ Book Launch and Pop-Up Shop at The Old Cinema, London.

Posted by ellielaycock on September 3, 2013 in Textiles | No Comments

Exciting news! – My first book ‘Creating The Vintage Look – 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home’ is being published worldwide by Cico Books this month. To celebrate the launch, we’ve teamed up with The Old Cinema in Chiswick to hold a free exhibition of unique upcycled vintage furniture and homeware projects featured […]

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New KIMONO LUXE upcycled vintage cushions for Liberty Best Of British 2013

Posted by ellielaycock on June 26, 2013 in Textiles | No Comments

Hunted and Stuffed started out originally with a scrap of vintage Japanese silk from a woven Obi (Kimono belt) and an idea about upcycling so it seems really fitting that we can finally announce the launch of our new range of Kimono Luxe cushions! Our boldest pieces are one-of-a-kind works of art that take the […]

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Posted by ellielaycock on October 11, 2012 in Textiles | No Comments

This summer has seen both the sad passing of “First Man On The Moon” Neil Armstrong and the Mars probe ‘Curiosity’ successfully land on Mars to begin it’s exploration. Space was also a theme seen all over the catwalks recently so it’s lucky for us then that we’ve sourced these amazing original vintage textiles to […]

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