Sunday, November 6, 2011

Meet the stallholders....Christmas Shopping with Eloise Scotland Textiles

Handmade textiles play a big part of It's darling! and this Christmas we're very happy to introduce Eloise Scotland and her fantastic work. She's from Bath and will be there on Saturday and Sunday. Start saving those pennies...

Eloise at Christmas

Hi Eloise, tell us about what you sell and your inspiration?
I’m a former lawyer, now mother of three small girls and textile maker in the wee-small-hours and in any other spare time I can grab! 

I have a passion for natural fabrics, linens, cottons and wools, which I use together with a variety of hand and machine embroidery techniques to produce bold and beautiful textile pieces for the home. 

I also welcome commissions - I love working closely with people to create  family trees and other one-off pieces to cherish, for gifts or to celebrate weddings, birthdays or other special occasions.

What is your most affordable/value for money item and what is your most wow one?
I think that my ‘Special Delivery’ lavender sachets are great value at £4 – they also make a great end of term present for teachers! And my favourite pieces for Christmas are definitely the Christmas tree angels – each one is unique and a very special way to top-off your tree.

What are your top three tips for Christmas shopping/present giving?
1.     Have a go at making your own wrapping paper – my girls don’t know it yet but in preparation for this Christmas they’ll be getting a large roll of brown paper, a box of felt tips, and their job will be to decorate and draw to their hearts' content!
2.     Shop local – Bath has some fantastic independent shops and Christmas is a very good opportunity to get out and throw some money at them! And the added advantage is that you don’t have to wait at home for online shopping to be delivered (or, worse still, queue up at the post office to collect missed deliveries!)
3.     If in doubt, I always think lottery tickets make a very good stocking filler!

What is most darling about the South West in Winter?
Seeing the mist rising from the canal on a frosty morning walk.

To find out more about Eloise before the 19th & 20th email her on or visit her blog

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