Tuesday, November 30, 2010


As we all seem to want new new new all the time, this christmas I have designed a range of reversible handstitched  cotton throws.  Each one is unique.  Available in five different colourways.  Hot and calm....Reds,pinks,aquas,blues and autumn shades.  Enough variety to satisfy the wildest and most subdued  colour obsessives. (see Oct 26 blog)

In the handwoven,handstitched range I have new arrivals of reversible quilts in red check patchwork,stone and burgandy,blue checks and red stripes.  Also handwoven large body towels in red and navy stripes.

Superb special vintage pieces from Bihar, Bengal and Rajasthan  handstitched kantha, silk Phulkari and Shekawhati ebroidery.

There is also the clothing range.  Handwoven finest cotton kurta dresses,silk georgette spotted dresses,delicate white voile nightdresses,gingham pj's.  Heaps of others and lots of luscious discounts.

Fab presents...sarongs to die for, vintage and new...tie dye,shibori,block prints and handweaves.  Scarves in silks and cottons, handstitched purses and bags.  It's all there so no more worries what to buy who for christmas.

                                                 SHAPIRO GALLERY

                                                     OPEN 7 DAYS

                                                10 - 22 DECEMBER

This time my cushions are made from vintage fabrics sourced from India,China and Japan. Hand-stitched, appliqued and patched.  Squares, rectangles, oblongs in all sizes.



Saturday, November 20, 2010

Collage of old sails

Recently I was approached by a gentleman who is a well known sailor and collector of boats and anything nautical. He had the inspiration to make a collage out of his collection of old sails and wondered if I could help design a wall hanging.

My inspiration was Japanese boro ( above) and I felt this method could be applied to scraps of beautifully textured parchment pieces with fabulous red stitching, layers of rust and copperised rings attached to ancient rigging.  All hand sewn by a master sail maker and voila we had a fabulous textile to hang on his wonderous penthouse wall.

A great experience made all the more enjoyable by working with a client who has such a passion for the beauty of objects weathered by the sea.