Gran designs: From bobbins to buttons, the crafty styles your grandmother will love
10:29 GMT, 5 October 2012
Old-style crafts with a modern twist are very much in vogue, and ‘Granny Chic’ is the latest buzz-phrase for interiors.
As Gillian Anderson, trading director at Heal’s, explains: ‘It nods to British vintage style in its use of heritage fabrics and prints but with a contemporary update. So for example, crochet patterns on our bed linen are digitally printed.’
Whether you prefer your crochet, knitting or patchwork digitally modern or old-school, traditional crafts techniques may be for you. Heal’s also have a crochet rug in their new collection.
Old-style crafts are most certainly in vogue. Snurk Granny bed linen set, from 70, and Lily crochet rug, 375, heals.co.uk
Gillian Anderson says: ‘It has a homely feel so it’s perfect for autumn. Simply mix and match colourful crochets, cross stitch patterns and pretty florals.’
Elsewhere, you’ll find plenty of examples of the trend in the High Street.
Next has a table lamp with three colourful bobbins as the base and John Lewis has a sewing box that wouldn’t have looked out of place at your granny’s house 50 years ago.
As well as a rug or throw, one of the simplest ways to buy into the look is with cushions. Online retailer Ferm Living has some huge (70cm x 70cm) knitted floor cushions. Also online, very.co.uk has an attractive patchwork chair and button heart print.
A button pattern also features in the work of potter Fenella Smith, who has a range of jugs and mugs made from Cornish clay.
‘Buttons remind me of home comforts and perhaps a sense of nostalgia,’ she says. ‘I think there’s a feeling of sadness that in this modern, frenetic world, sewing and crafts, which take time, are being forgotten.’
And if all these craft items inspire you to give it a go yourself, a sewing kit from Sainsbury’s will get you started.
GO GRANNY CHIC
Button mug, 17.50, fenellasmith.com
Bobbins table lamp, 50, next.co.uk
Button heart print, 17, very.co.uk
Moritz chair, 399, very.co.uk
Timeless sewing box, 50, johnlewis.co.uk
Sewing kit, 4, sainsburys.co.uk