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Textile Designs from Jane Lightfoot

Here at yay retro! we're loving these wonderful appliquéd and embroidered tea cosies and recipe books from Jane Lightfoot...

Jane lives in a small village in Nottinghamshire, where she has a home studio and creates a range of textile designs and also teaches others to do the same.  Inspiration comes from all directions - It could come from a song heard on the radio, something observed whilst out walking or riding her bike, a place visited, an incident, a conversation or anything to do with food!

Jane sells her work in a local shop called Secret Garden Interiors in Southwell,  and at quality craft fairs in and around Nottingham. She also runs sewing courses at The Manor Farm Tea Shoppe where there is a purpose built function room, and also delicious food - A great combination! Whole day courses are offered to make and design a range of items, employing a variety of skills, with an emphasis on applique, patchwork, hand embroidery and free-machining

You can see Jane's fabulous homeware designs on her website, along with her workshop schedule. Jane's Facebook page is kept up to date with all of her latest creations and you can also buy everything she make online in her Folksy and Etsy shops.


Jane tells us that she has, "a bit of a thing for cake stands, probably because I enjoy baking and like to display them beautifully before devouring! There’s something quite relaxing and civilised about sitting down to a nice cup of tea in a china cup and a slice of homemade cake served on a pretty plate – I enjoy the little things! I find it hard to resist china cups and saucers with interesting shapes, things with lids on and vintage linen especially if it has hand embroidery on it!"

We asked Jane which items she liked best in the yay retro! shop, and she tells us she loves the Kathie Winkle Orchard dish, "the fact that it is hand painted, has very vibrant colours and of course the design! The Primrose art deco set is also very pretty, lovely shape and I love the colour combination, and I also love the strong images on the Salad Days Dish by James Kent, it would look great appliqued onto an apron!

Why not click on the images of Jane's work to visit her website now?

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