Florence, Italy

By | February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Florence at the weekend – wonderful weather, but much busier than I remembered it. We stayed at the  Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio,, just metres from the famous bridge. The main attractions were extremely busy, & having been before we gave these a miss. There was a tiny queue at the Santa Croce [...]

short break

By | February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

After an extremely busy year so far – having worked every day since the turn of the year! – and with a ‘big’ birthday for my wife this week, I’m taking a few days off. The shop will be closed from Wednesday 15th, and will re-open on Tuesday 21st. The website will still take ‘orders’ [...]

Van Dyke Join

By | February 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Here’s a great piece we re-upholstered for a customer in her own fabric – a £200 per metre silk! There’s a matched, over-stitched, seam on the plain seat. But on the back, the joins are hidden in the buttoned pleats – a technique called ‘Van Dyking’. A useful skill to master when deep-buttoning and the [...]

Colour is Everything

By | January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Don’t forget your sunglasses if you’re visiting our Matlock shop! Colour is everywhere – the bolder the better! In a world gone mad, any ray of sunshine lifts the spirits. And some of today’s fabrics are stunning. GP & J Baker’s ‘Barcelona’ velvet is out of this world. Combined with a complimentary, or contrasting, plain [...]

Scatter Cushions

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Designer fabric scatter cushions are a great way to add interest to your decor for a relatively small cost. So, we’re altering the way we display cushions on the website to show even more wonderful fabrics. Instead of displaying actual ‘made up’ cushions we’re showing the fabrics in the colourways for each design – with [...]

Centring a fabric design

By | December 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

We get continuous interest in Sanderson’s  Cluny ( from the Classic Linen Collection – particularly when it comes to re-upholstery and cushions. With the nature of the design and the large vertical pattern repeat of 45 cm it’s essential that the fabric is ‘centred’ on any piece of work. It just wouldn’t look professional [...]


By | November 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Kilims look great on winged armchairs. We were supplied, by the same customer over a period of time, with several very old original Turkish kilims and tasked with producing three new chairs – one of which was to be extra wide. The thick kilims were tough to work with – but the end results were [...]


By | November 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Tapered solid wood legs give a pleasing and stylish look to footstools – regardless of stool shape. Round, lozenge, rectangular – they work. Turned from solid beech hardwood, they can be coloured with several wood stains – or supplied to you ‘in the white’ and painted to your chosen colour. Bespoke sizes can be supplied, [...]


By | October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Although it’s not a new design, we quite like Sanderson’s ‘Amanpuri’ from the ‘Country Linens’ Collection. It has some striking colourways - The bold design makes a strong statement. We’ve used it several times – it looks great on this sofa we re-covered. Although it adds to the fabric required, the matching through the [...]

Audley Jewel

By | October 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

GP & J Baker’s Audley ‘Jewel’ embroidery, sourced from India, is a beautiful new fabric from the Historic Royal Palaces Collection. Although its suggested selling price is at the luxury end of the market, when used on a feature cushion it can still fall within most budgets. With a horizontal repeat of 63cm (25 inches) [...]