Christmas Shopping Event: Homeworks Christmas Sale

20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill, London W11. UK
Thursday 25th November – Friday 26th November 2010

By Guy Sangster Adams

Returning to the 20th Century Theatre for its third year, the Homeworks Christmas Sale, which brings together a wonderfully eclectic range of predominantly handmade or upcycled gifts, has become an inspiring fixture on the festive calendar. Providing, as it does, a fantastic array of unique, original, and innovative products including jewellery, ceramics, cushions, hats, scarves, children’s clothes, and Christmas cards.

The women who make up Homeworks were brought together through a shared passion for “things that are made with thought and care,” and the shared circumstances of “working from home” and “living within a stone’s throw from each other” in London. Now numbering 28 designers, from small start ups to established brands with international stockists, they all support each other, swapping ideas and information, sharing expertise, arranging sales and events, and, as they say, “drinking tea!”

Designers who are part of Homeworks and who are taking part in the sale include Jo Gordon, Thornback and Peel, and Twisted Twee.

Knitwear by Jo Gordon

Knitwear by Jo Gordon

Natalie Portman and Gwen Stefani are both fans of Jo Gordon’s traditional Scottish knitwear with a modern edge, which is handmade in Scotland. Gordon originally studied fine art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, but when she moved to London to attend the Royal College of Art diversified into design. Since she founded her company in 1995, it has grown into an international label selling in 19 different countries, but her office is still on the ground floor of her London home which she shares with her husband and daughter.

Goldfish and coral, jellies and cake, pigeons, rabbits, cabbages, ships, all adorn Thornback and Peel’s intricate and elegant items for the home, which are all hand screen printed in Britain, and include fabric and wallpaper, cushions, table linen, tea towels, aprons, deckchairs, bags, t-shirts, handkerchiefs , baby wear, and cards. Liberty and Paul Smith are amongst the 60 shops across the UK which stock Thornback and Peel’s wares, in addition to shops across Europe and the USA.

Thornback and Peel fish napkin with jelly wallpaper

Thornback and Peel fish napkin with jelly wallpaper

“Some things we make ourselves, others are knitted by Mongolian shepherdesses, hand-printed in Bath or forged by Elves in the mines of Lothren,” say Twisted Twee, “we even have a Chinese grandmother making four foot long Twisted mannequin rag dolls from lilac Tweed!” Amongst their self-proclaimed, “daft and ingenious objects,” Twisted Twee’s creations include Lover’s Gloves, for two people to wear at once, men’s Sock Trios, a ‘pair and a spare’ to counter against the sock that inevitably goes ‘missing’, twinsets for dads and their babies, and knitted Ear Gloves.

Twisted Twee pocket money cloth

Twisted Twee pocket money cloth

Other Homeworks designers include:
Mrs Booth, Handworks, Fiona Bailey Designs, Smith and Coates, Huggermuggers, Homespun & Vintage, Lou Rota, and Petra Boase.

Homeworks Christmas Sale
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
London W11 2QA

Opening times:

Thursday 25 November: 2 – 9pm
Friday 26 November: 10 – 9pm

Admission: £1 (which will be donated to The Special Yoga Centre)



Jo Gordon

Thornback and Peel

Twisted Twee


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