A return to heritage gifts....continuing the stream of family love.
In the consumer society we live in time-honoured traditions are often overlooked due to the fast and furious pace of living and consumption. When it came time for me to have my own baby I found that the thing that mattered most to me was choosing a gift with meaning. I felt it's sad that we've lost the heirloom nature of our belongings, and for my baby girl I wanted something unique and precious, not store-bought and to be thrown away in a couple of years.
In many ways the beauty of heirloom gifts is that they are a fine thread which bind us invisibly and delicately to those mothers who came before us, and who will come ahead of us. For my child I wanted to choose precious posessions which would become part of her memories, I wanted to create a return to family gifts with the magic and love of our stories woven in.
In many ways my feelings are part of a current wave, of wanting to feel more connected, more grounded in our purchases, and that the things we give each other express our care. In Britain we're proud to have a long and incredible history of artisan makers and craftsmen and women, a tradition which is recently experiencing a revival, and at Painted and Patched we strive to do everything we can to be part of that history.
In particular Kevin McCloud expresses our feelings about our making process most succinctly saying:
“Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of “stuff” but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty.”
What makes our quilting so special?
It's not just the amazing fabrics, hand-dyed silks, softest eco cottons and peace silks, but that each of our quilts is a unique original work of art. All our patchwork designs are limited edition, retired after a certain number of pieces are made. And each quilting pattern is a one-off created in studio by our artisan quilters. Each one of our small team are true fabric artists and passionate about their craft, and we as a team are so thrilled to be able to work together to create these special gifts.
Our quilts are designed to be passed on, and with wear and washing will become soft and vintage feeling. They are robustly handmade and designed as bed covers which will last down the generations. Part of the character and personality of your quilt will be in the way it wears, but we also offer a long term in-house repair service should your quilt require it. All the quilts are pre-washed before they leave the studio to ensure softness and that they're ready to begin their new life with your family.
We recommend cold machine washing and pressing on the coolest setting. Dry-cleaning is highly recommended.