Merry Christmas and thank you all!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Hi everyone , I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for all your support over the past year.  We have had such a great response to the give away, from wall paper to hairbrushes!  some of your suggestions are already in the pipeline so keep an eye out in the new year.  We will announce the winner at the end of December so keep them coming!
A couple of the suggestions have been done already! so I wanted to show you a couple of things you can get on the website, or check the stockists details for a shop near you.
Very cosy bed socks, they are knitted in double thickness lambswool, made in Scotland, and I can personally vouch for these, they are sooooo cosy!  I wear them in my boots to keep my toes warm in the studio.
Also, I have a book that you can find lots of pattens to knit your very own creatures.  You need to have a little exerience in knitting, but the patterns very from simple to more advanced.
It's called the knitted odd-bod bunch, and we have some on the web site, but you can also buy it at any good book stores.
This is one of my favorite patterns as you can knit your very own draft excluder.
Published by Cico books, available in the UK and the USA.

well all that leaves me to say is HAVE A LOVELY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
 ps. we're not at wok from the 22nd of December until the 4th of January, 
so see you in 2011!

December give away!!! £100 to spend on the web site

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Ok, finish off the year in style I would like to offer one lucky person a £100 gift voucher to redeem on the website.
This voucher could have your name on it........all you have to do is add a comment to this posting suggesting something you would like to see us produce next year!
The winner will be chosen at random at the end of December.  I'm excited to see what you'll come up with.


Knitted Wedding

Back in 2005 I was lucky enough to be part of this Knitted Wedding! Organised by Rachel Mathews of Cast-Off knitting club, (and prick your finger knitting shop) for Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams.
As you can see EVERYTHING was knitted.........

even the minister's dog collar
......the guest's cameras

the flowers and decorations and the cakes and sandwiches!

...the train, which I knitted on my machine was 30 meters long!
....and the confetti was made from 1000's of pom poms!

It was the best wedding ever! to find out more and see more pics, go to
Then we had a knitted disco!!

(not so) christmas cards .... Brand new!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Hello everyone, feeling Christmassy yet?
Well with the snow here and the smell of mulled wine in the studio (left over from the weekends sample sale) WE ARE!!
and just in time, unless you are super organized we have added some new Christmas cards to our range.

Beautifully printed on thick card these are special cards to send to your loved ones. Not just for Christmas as they are blank inside for your own personal message. Each pack contains 5 different cards - Oh deer, Use my beard to keep you cosy, Eskimo Girl, Wolfie and Olive Owl.
size A5 21cm x 15cm

They are £12.00 for the pack of 5 and you can get them exclusively on our website.
follow this link:
Happy Christmas!!

Donna Wilson article in the Guardian Saturday 4th December

Sunday, 5 December 2010

I've been very lucky to have had lots of press at the moment, here's one I'm really proud of. 

Article by Hannah Booth.

Homespun is cool

Her folksy designs are tapping into the zeitgeist. 
But can Donna Wilson stay cool while making it big?
Wilson produces most of her work from a cramped workshop in east London. Photograph: Daniel Stier

At times, a designer can be so "of the moment" it seems daft for anyone else to bother. In the late 90s, Cath Kidston's 1950s florals swept everything before them, but despite jaw-dropping profitability her cutesy chintz began to take on the tinge of over-exposure. A few years later, Orla Kiely designed a much-desired graphic flower that has become so ubiquitous it's now decorating radios and casserole dishes.
This, though, is Donna Wilson's moment. The Scottish designer, 33, iseverywhere: her knitted, animal-shaped cushions are best-sellers at John Lewis and Heal's; her patterned sofas, armchairs and pouffes are one of furniture retailer SCP's most popular products; and her cutesy-scary stuffed creatures are the biggest thing in Japan since sushi. Her work sells in 25 countries.
As with other success stories, it's part luck, talent and timing. Wilson, who grew up on a farm in the Scottish countryside, is purveyor of a kind of naive craftwork — all Nordic patterns, cosy knits and owls. Her products, including blankets, ceramics, scarves, gloves, hats and, from January,rugs, are warm, comforting and nostalgic, perfect for a Britain gripped by swingeing cuts.
Wilson produces most of her work from a cramped workshop in east London, employing two full-time staff. All her smaller pieces, such as toys and scarves, are knitted on a machine – "I'm such a slow hand-knitter," she says. Larger blankets and cushions are knitted by a small, family-run business in Galashiels on the Scottish border. When I visit, the workshop is littered with cushion covers pegged on to lines to dry, and smells strongly of wet sheep. "I could have gone down the factory route, but I wanted to keep as much control as possible," she says.
Donna Wilson pieces
She studied at the Royal College of Art and knew from the off that she wanted start her own business. While still a student, she knocked on the door of west London design store, Couverture, showed them her knitted dolls – a college project – and they bought six on the spot. From then on, they ordered 20 a month. "They were £20 each, so they paid my rent through college." Wilson graduated in 2003.
Her first big market was Japan. She took part in a design show there after graduation, and by the time she'd got home, there were large orders for her animal scarves and knitted creatures, particularly the weirder-looking ones. "I thought, oh my God I need help," recalls Wilson, who then hired her first employee.
By the time SCP had spotted her, buying first her creatures, then cushions and blankets, Wilson's flat, which was doubling as her studio, had grown too small. So she took on a studio space with a friend. "It felt like a huge risk at the time."
The high street came calling two years ago when Heal's approached her to design a cushion. John Lewis contacted her soon after. "I never thought my work would sell there," she says. Why? "It's so huge, I always assumed I'd just end up in small design shops."
Does she feel her rise has been meteoric? "It feels more slow and steady," she says. "But things have really taken off in the past two years. I was worried about the recession, but that's because we're a small company. We've always been really resourceful, and luckily it doesn't seem to have affected us – we're still growing and it's going really well."
How about her status as the next big thing (the day after we meet, she emails me to tell me she's just been awarded Elle Decoration's British Designer of the Year)? Does she worry about exhausting the Donna Wilson brand – and that her faux naive designs will end up on laptop cases?
"I'm not doing any conscious brand-building," she says. "I am an admirer of the likes of Orla Kiely, but I like being slightly more niche. I like being hands-on, it's the part of my job I enjoy the most. I still feel more comfortable with a needle and thread as opposed to a calculator."
Wilson hasn't taken a holiday this year. "I don't mind working hard when it's my own business, but I get homesick for Scotland. I miss the countryside," she says. Her parents, both farmers, are hugely proud of her success. "But it wasn't until I was featured in The Press and Journal when they really said, ooh, she's made it."