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How did you get started?
Our business was born from the desire to create something functional from things that we love to have around us and have a story to tell.
A camera belonging to a much loved grandparent was retrieved from the back of a cupboard where it had been in the bottom of a box and a challenge was given how can we make this functional as well as decorative and useful?
The first box brownie camera light was created – it gives an ambient light, its cheerful face decorates an interior and tells a story of a time just a couple of generations away.
We look for items that have been discarded and find ways of making them useful. We enhance the function our furniture by adding knitted accessories - cushions to restored furniture, lampshades to bases.
We have been influenced by the style of Europe and make trips to the best flea markets searching for stylish pieces to use in our work and to sell in our shop.
Where are you located?
Our studio is in sunny Dunbar where we are lucky enough to be surrounded by great land, sea and skyscapes – dramatic beaches on the edge of the North Sea close to rolling hills and a short commute to Scotland’s cultural capital, Edinburgh.
Which products do you specialise in?
Furniture and knitwear - Retro mid century pieces are our favourite kind and we see potential in lots of interesting pieces. Each piece is unique and individual, lovingly restored with every attention to detail and occasionally colour popped for a little update. We have a knitted history and are re-inventing our unique style in accessories knitted in wool spun in Scotland.
Our hats, scarves, cushions and lampshades are all inspired by the traditions of Scottish knitwear.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
Whatever we are currently working on is the favourite.
One of the joys of what we do is the individuality and variety of our products.
We are enjoying producing a range of lampshades and matching them to a variety of bases - we are working on combining wooden wool bobbins and locally grown wood and using old objects like possers (used by Victorians for washing clothes).
What's on the stereo?
Eclectic and varied - we do keep returning to the oldies ELO is a current favourite.
Where else should we visit in your area?
Dunbar has an amazing variety of things to do and see with tasty food and drink on tap. Dunbar is the birthplace of John Muir, the pioneering conservationist, you can visit the house the house he was born in and enjoy the birds, bays and beaches surround Dunbar.
Dunbar's friendly High Street has a varied selection of independent shops, galleries and coffee shops. The historic harbour is a hub for fishermen and watersports and if you're lucky Sammy the seal will pop up and say hello.
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
We open our studio several times a year and welcome visitors by appointment. We can offer one to one tuition and coaching for domestic machine knitting.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Do you have something that you love, you dont want to part with it and you'd like it to be a functional part of your home? Talk to us - we can sand and restore tables, put chairs back together, repurpose your item into something functional.
All our products are special, individual and unique and if you want a bespoke item created, just for you, please contact us.
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