Show me a Sign

Sign-writer Hannah Sunny Whaler’s exhibition “Fairground” in “Little Tinsmiths” shows her incredible control of a simple sable brush and traditional enamel paints to create some very uplifting artworks. Hannah lives and works in Bristol, studied Illustration at...

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Tinsmiths in Town

We arrived in London last week paint brush in hand and with a sample of Tinsmiths made to measure curtains and blinds, lighting, cushions, rugs, world and artisan textiles, artist prints, homeware and hardware. This area of London has a village feel and is well-worth...

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Spring Life – Mark Hearld & Paul Young

  Our 2016 programme of exhibitions is starting with an exuberant flourish of British style and sensibility. 'Spring Life' features the work of Mark Hearld and Paul Young. The exhibition at our Ledbury showroom opens on the 19th March and runs until the 23rd April....

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Jacquard

Picture this! 18th century Lyon and a race is on to revolutionise the production of elaborately patterned fabrics. This race, ultimately, was won by Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752 - 1834) whose name is familiar to anyone with even a passing interest in textiles and to...

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Signs of the Times

Writing signs by hand might be considered anachronistic but Tinsmiths has had a wall waiting for the right writer for ten or so years. Last week, signwriter Hannah Whaler originally from Malvern, brought her brushes and brilliance to Tinsmiths Alley and enlivened the...

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Pashmina

We recently received some wonderful Pashmina shawls so light and so soft that everything else that I had ever encountered that described itself as ‘cashmere’ felt rough in comparison. I quizzed our supplier Sadhu about the softness of these Pashminas and it soon...

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Corduroy

I can think of no other textile so quintessentially ‘English’ and ‘country’ as corduroy – think farmer, cord trousers held up with baling twine or the upper classes off for a day’s shooting.  So I was surprised, after a little investigation, to discover that it is a...

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Chintz

To describe something as "chintzy" nowadays is to describe it as rather blowsy, a bit "Mills and Boon" and not very sophisticated. So let's see whether this is deserved....... Chintz, when first discovered in India by pioneering European tradesmen was a hand printed,...

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Double Cloth

Our 2015 series of blogs all relate to cloth weaving, printing or otherwise embellishing. The hope is that we further educate ourselves about the products that we sell and visit some of our fantastic suppliers who are busy manufactering high quality textiles in the...

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