BESPOKE FURNITURE FOR THE NATURAL HOME

May 18, 2017
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What a great start to 2017!

Alongside our range of fabulous pure wool blankets, throws and cushions, we’ve launched a Natural Home furniture service: creating unique and quirky pieces for our cool customers.

Each piece is created around a core natural product from timbers to textiles which means handcrafted carpentry to create one-off tables, upholstery to create innovative ottomans and chairs.

Look to our Home Collection / Furniture page for a few of our bespoke projects and scroll down for our latest commission: deconstructing and reupholstering a wingback armchair. Think yards of jute hessian. I’ll update the pictures as the project progresses so you can see the development of the work involved.

If any of this floats your boat, do please get in touch via email – we can work with even the flightiest of briefs!

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Wool Week 2016

October 7, 2016
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Wool Week is here and we are ready to Cast Off!

At Crowns & Coronets we have been planning a stunning woollen display for Priory Park in the heart of Chichester for many moons. So, on Monday, when we hoisted our fab woollen creations  into the trees, we raised a cheer for the fabulous properties of wool and the dedicated people who farm, process and work with this stunning fibre.

We hope the display will bring cheer to any passing by, as we colourfully raise awareness for the mental health charity Coastal West Sussex MIND. Don’t forget, you can still donate at www.justgiving.com/knitting-minds

Over the last few weeks our Knitting Minds project has really captured the imagination and needles of the community. We’ve received pompoms from as far afield as Australia, Lancashire and London; the 7th Chichester Guides and the Knit & Natter group at The Crate & Apple pub, to name but a few.

To top this off, I was delighted to be invited to give an assembly to The Prebendal Pre-prep school, alongside my friend Sammy the sheep. It was wonderful to hear all the children’s ideas about the wonderful properties of wool (Did YOU know astronauts wear wool next to the skin in space because of its ability to wick moisture? Did you know wool is flame retardant – unlike polyester – so a good get for firefighters too?). But even my giant knitting needles couldn’t get that BFG scarf knitted in the time!

(You can find images of this on our Twitter feed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crownsandcoronets or www.twitter.com/crowns_coronets)

Below are a few images from some of our other recent endeavours to rise to the Chichester pomination challenge!

From the left: The 7th Chichester Guides; Crowns & Coronets’ wine, cheese and pompom evening; Louisa and Lesley from Coastal West Sussex Mind at the Silver Sunday event at Methold House Guild Care in Worthing.

 

 

 

The Great Annual Sheep Drive over London Bridge

October 7, 2016
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A ewenique piece of history – the Great Annual Sheep Drive over London Bridge. I was thrilled to be witness this year, as I launched my pure wool collection of blankets, throws, bedspreads and cushions.

Of old, it was a great privilege to Freemen to drive their sheep across London Bridge instead of paying a toll. Today Freeman have re-introduced the ceremony, with herded sheep on the footpath and lots of people dressing up in fun sheepy costumes.

Just four years ago, they used stuffed sheep on wheels. This year, it was small flocks and an inaugural wool fair at Monument. There I was, surrounded by woollen wonderland, from Ewenique footstools to The Wool Room beds and bedding shops. And who should walk by to open the event but Nigel Mansell in first gear.

Thank you to everyone who patronised my shop. A delightful day and a privilege for me to meet The Worshipful Company of Woolmen.

 

Knitting MINDS: Knit 1, Give £1

May 20, 2016
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This has been a week of Mindfulness for me, as I launch my Knitting MINDS project to raise money for local mental health charity Coastal West Sussex Mind.

(For donations go to https://www.JustGiving.com/Knitting-Minds )

Knitting MINDS is a giant knitted woollen art installation which I will be showing in Chichester’s Priory Park for Wool Week from 10th October. I am creating huge knitted textile sculptures to hang from the trees to  reflect on the importance of Mindfulness and I’m calling on YOU to get involved and add your creations to the display.

Knitting MINDS: Knit 1, Give £1 works by YOU making woollen pompoms to be part of the installation. Make 1 and donate £1 to mental health charity Coastal West Sussex Mind. Pompoms (and donations) can be left at The Eternal Maker, 41 Terminus Road, Chichester by end Sept, or posted to Crowns & Coronets at 68 Westgate, Chichester, PO19 3HH.

My project is supported by the Prebendal School in Chichester and Coastal West Sussex Mind where I have been invited to teach the therapeutic art of pompom making to groups of volunteers.

Helena Hubbard, of Crowns & Coronets, with Julie Joyce, Living Well Worker from Coastal West Sussex Mind. Checking out the British wool at the Judith Adams Centre in Chichester

On Tuesday, I shared pompom making tips with the Coastal West Sussex Mind, Arts & Crafts group. See below some of the group hard at work at the Catholic Church Hall, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex.

And today, I was privileged to meet some very mindful people at the  mental health and dementia awareness event at the Old Court Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester. Representatives from the Aldingbourne Trust, Alzheimer’s Society, Carers Support Service, Careline to name but a few. Some excellent pompom making from all.

Please join in! For help on the pompom making, please see below….

How to make a pompom

And for donations go to https://www.JustGiving.com/Knitting-Minds

 

 

 

 

Preparing for the Autumn launch of the HOME Collection

March 3, 2016
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This year, I am delighted to be launching my first HOME Collection of blankets, rugs, throws and cushions made from 100% British Wool – from British sheep breeds reared and sheared in Britain.

The fluffy fleece are scoured and combed in the North of England and I knit the super soft unspun woollen tops in Chichester on the South Coast. Together with leading wool weavers, spinners, fashion houses, department stores and designers I have signed up to support The Campaign for Wool.

Using super-sized knitting needles (50mm in diameter) made from PVC pipes leads to gargantuan 3 inch stitches: the perfect foil to display the delightfully textured and tactile cabling, linen, herringbone, moss and garter stitch. Each individual piece is carefully and lightly felted to strengthen the textiles and reduce the amount of piling. My HOME Collection is the epitome of pure, natural, British country luxe.

Behind the scenes at the photoshoot

December 5, 2015
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Happy times at the end of the Christmas 2015 photo shoot. Shot by Chris Butler of The Photography Lounge in Chichester. A super morning!

Praise from founder of Childrensalon at Bubble London

January 25, 2014
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What a fabulous opportunity to go to the children’s wear trade fair Bubble London at the Business Design Centre in Angel Islington.

And I have got to mention meeting Michelle Harriman-Smith, creative director and founder of Childrensalon. It’s not every day you get positive feedback from a guru of luxury children’s couture. Check out the baby gift sets that she praised.

 

Pop-up Shop in London

December 30, 2013
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Happy Christmas everyone! Delightful to see our clothes in London’s funky Clerkenwell Green for two weeks.

Introducing our clothes to Lord Digby Jones at Best of Britannia

October 12, 2013
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A fabulously vibrant community at the three day event in London, Clerkenwell Green: Best of Britannia. Crowns & Coronets enjoyed the attention, feedback and sales!

 

Crowning moments at Blenheim Palace Flower Show

June 25, 2013
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Great British summers make me think of freshly mown lawns, kart wheels and lazy days in the sun. Not the most obvious season for considering knitwear, you might think. You would be wrong. Treasured knitted cardigans, jackets and boleros keep out the chill that is an inevitable part of the Great British summer.

And so it was this weekend at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show when we exhibited in the indoor shopping village alongside beautifully crafted jewellery, fashion, skin care and garden accessories. When the sun shone, the hoards entered and when the skies clouded over and the wind whistled through the marquees, happy shoppers cooed over our Yak collection.

Setting up on Thursday afternoon (under the direction of Teddy – 3yrs and with the great help of Heidi -1 yr) was so much fun and we enjoyed our first day of sales on Friday. Everyone gave us such wonderful feedback about the softness and beautiful sheen of the clothes and the charming nostalgic look of our designs.
Saturday brought many Americans to our stand – it was of course a pleasure to meet you all and enjoy your fabulous encouragement and great sales.
Sunday was the busiest day for the show and for us! We met some wonderful young couples keen for that something special for christenings and weddings. We also had a lot of interest in our bespoke service.
It is wonderful to see that knitwear is making such a comeback and lovely to hear that so many of you are knitters or learning to knit. We’ve met some lovely little ones this weekend and we’ve seen photos of some gorgeous babies. Do send us any pictures you take of your little ones in our beautiful Crowns & Coronets  clothes and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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Our exhibition at Blenheim Palace

Celebrating winning a Roses Creative Award

May 2, 2013
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Emma Bluck, account manager, ad agency True North
(pictured left, next to Karen Hughes and Sarah Dutton)

Working with Crowns & Coronets was a breath of fresh air. They understood the value that good design can bring. Being receptive to our thoughts, our entire time working with them was collaborative, which meant we were able to enter our work for a Rose Design award, celebrating some of the best creative work in the UK! The Crowns and Coronets identity received Bronze in the Corporate Identity category, a true success all round.
What was it that we did? First and foremost we listened to the ambition behind Crowns & Coronets – to create a luxe brand, using ethically sourced materials and manufacturing processes while steering clear of unrefined ‘shabby-chic’. Then we scoped out the most appropriate creative direction portraying luxury at the heart, reinforced by handcrafted, classically British design.
So, you’ll notice the hand-stitched ‘W’ within the word ‘CROWNS’ on the front of all printed materials which elegantly reflects the handcrafted nature of the product. When turned over, this clever little piece of stitching also creates a crown symbol – a subtle nod towards the name of the brand and its luxury values.

Outside our wonderful shop window display in Alcester

March 22, 2013
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Spring has sprung but the snow continues to fall here in Worcestershire. So, here we are, celebrating Easter in the hope that new lambs and young chicks are protected from the inclement weather. Plenty of time to be grateful for Crowns & Coronets soft warm knits for our children. Our own celebrations centre around our debut window display in the ancient Roman market town of Alcester in Warwickshire. Courtesy of local online company www.myalcester.co.uk we have taken over a wonderful window to showcase our beautiful yak collection. We hope these twilight photographs  give you a small taste of the charming arraywindow cc (lit) (3)

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