Home Help: 14 September
Add a flourish to your interiors with colourful furnishing details. Hugh St Clair lays on a spread with all the trimmings
MacCulloch & Wallis (off Oxford Street in London) has three storeys of dress fabric, as well as fabrics that can be used in home furnishings (such as a toile de Jouy cotton print for about £15 per metre). M&W's pretty motifs, such as white cotton flowers and butterflies, can add that individual touch to plain linen curtains or blinds as well as dresses; the gold and silver cord make very smart tiebacks for curtains.
The relative newcomer on the scene is Annabel Lewis, who started out buying up ribbons and trims that John Lewis had no use for, and now paradoxically has a section in said department store under her brand VV Rouleaux (she also has two shops).
But for those who are keen to develop new skills – perhaps in crochet, felt-making, quilting, dyeing, embossing – then the only place to go is The Knitting & Stitching Show in October and November. There is so much to buy and learn here – from workshops for beginners and for experienced craftspeople, also, from what are known as mixed-media artists who combine anything and everything to make an individual work of art.
1 and 2 are a selection of trimmings from VV Rouleaux: 020-7224 5179, www.vvrouleaux.com
Lace butterflies (main picture) and cords (4) from MacCulloch & Wallis: 020-7629 0311, www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk
Haberdashery at Kleins: 020-7437 6162, www.kleins. co.uk
The Knitting & Stitching Show runs from 11 to 14 October at Alexandra Palace, London N22; 1 to 4 November at RDS, Dublin, and 22 to 25 November at HIC, Harrogate: 020-7688 6830, www.twistedthread.com
Email your design enquiries to Hugh St Clair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily tip from the lady archive
“THERE is great satisfaction to be had in properly ironed garments that look as if they have just come out of the shop window.”The Lady. You Can’t Iron? 19th February, 1953