Beautiful video of kantha quilts being made

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It’s always an exciting day when the new collection of kantha quilts arrives at Decorator’s Notebook. Each quilt takes about six days to make so we usually have several months to wait while the women at Basha carefully sew our quilts by hand, ready for their long journey from Bangladesh. But oh, how they are… 

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First look at the new Decorator’s Notebook collection

Braided utility basket in Carnival Blue - Decorator's Notebook shop

Putting together each new collection for the Decorator’s Notebook shop is one of my favourite tasks. My ears are constantly open and when I hear of a new artisan group making beautiful homeware or gifts my eyes light up and my heart sings! The pieces we’ve found for the shop for Spring / Summer 2016¬†are… 

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New blues!

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I love spring. Despite the fact it comes around year after year, I still find myself filled with wonder as sleeping plants emerge from the soil, the days magically lengthen and my mood lifts day by day. This year, spring has also taken on another joyful dimension as we release our fresh new collection to… 

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5 ways to cosy up your home for winter

How to make winter simmer pots - Decorator's Notebook blog

Fill your home with seasonal scents Ditch cloying air fresheners and make a Simmer Pot from real ingredients instead. Half-fill a saucepan with water and add seasonal herbs, spices, fruits and essential oils. Warm on the hob over a very low heat (topping up with water when needed) and enjoy the aromas drifting through your… 

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Meet the maker: Basha kantha blankets

Maker wrapped in kantha from Basha Decorator's Notebook

The stories our makers share are always inspiring, but the story of Basha – the fairtrade organisation that makes our beautiful new Kantha Bedspreads – is so powerful that it actually took my breath away. We are so proud to be the only UK shop selling Basha kantha blankets, quilts and throws, all handstitched from… 

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Beautiful boro textiles

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I’m fascinated by folk crafts – wherever you go in the world you find art born out of necessity and hardship. It seems that it’s an innate human desire to beautify and embellish the things we have around us, however functional and humble their origins. I recently stumbled across the tradition of Japanese Boro textiles… 

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