Designing new trimmings with Sophie Grattan Bellew

Braids & Contemporary & Design, 11th June 2013

Sophie Grattan Bellew asked me to design custom braids specifically to go with a small collection of her fabric designs

I have been approached by Sophie Grattan Bellew, an interior designer from Suffolk who has her own range of 100% linen fabrics.  She wanted to discuss the possibility of having a small collection of trims designed specifically to go with her fabrics. We met at her studio and she loved the samples of other projects that I took to show her and we were soon deep in discussion.

A selection of fabrics

A selection of fabrics

I came away with a selection of fabric samples and a head swimming with ideas.

Threads on the fabric

Threads on the fabric

The braids needed to work across several different colours and designs. Not the easiest thing to do when there are so many possibilities but I like to just start handling the threads rather than getting ideas down on paper.

Decisions needed to be made on styles and colours. As Sophie was on holiday we met on the beach. A glorious afternoon in north Norfolk helped the process and Sophie was very happy with the way the collection was taking shape.

Pink braid

Pink braid

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