New stock: handmade books etc

New stock: blank hardback books made with handmade paper (from 100% long fibre cotton rag). You can use these for all painting and drawing media or use as a journal / ideas book. Each is 32 pages, smooth 210gsm and slightly off-white. Acid-free. One deckle ('feathered') edge.

Our supplier works with a mill in India which directly employs over 50 men and women from local villages and indirectly provides work for bookbinders, printers, envelope makers and a carpenter. The mill also has a farm which is irrigated by run-off water from the paper mill. They grow mostly mangoes and bananas.

As we write this, it is chucking it down in the #Bailgate dithering between rain and snow so we are very jealous and now have a craving for a locally-grown mango and a sit in the sunshine! ...

We also have new handmade gift-wrapping paper and pretty hemp string. 

New stock: beautiful handmade American Shaker style quilt

The origins of the word 'quilt' stems from 'stuffed sack' as for many centuries people have been padding textiles to create bedding, clothing etc. Today, 'quilt' generally means the art of stitching three layers together. We have been hoping to have a quilting presence in the shop, with an accent on simplicity of colour and a strong nod towards the American Shaker style. We're delighted therefore to have one handmade quilt now in stock (and displayed in the window). It is approx 100m x 140m so will sit on the back of a settee, be used as a throw or on a single bed. The photo illustrates that it will sit below the pillows. Alternatively, you could use this on a double bed to add colour or fold it across the end. Expertly handmade by Jacqui (a specialist quilter) in Lincolnshire, this quilt has been made by hand and sewing machine. It is washable, and will come with its own care sheet. It is truly unique and is intended to be enjoyed for many, many years, and passed on or indeed given as a special gift. £215. Please feel welcome to pop in for a closer look.

You Wash, I'll .... make a seat pad!

When is a tea towel not a tea towel? When it's actually useful fabric with a brilliant design on it.... hear us out on this. These tea towels by the talented Hannah Watchorn could - if you are handy with the sewing machine / upholstery hammer - make a very nice seat pad on vintage chair (painted or not as takes your fancy), a nice cushion cover or press and frame for your kitchen wall (replacing it and re-using it when you fancy a change). Just £10 each. Feel very welcome to pop in and browse.

More 'plastic bottle' rugs now in stock

Good news, we have had a new supply of our 'plastic bottle' rugs delivered today in the smaller 110cm x 60cm size (£40 each). Washable, they are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles but are very soft. These have been very popular, and have gone off for happy new lives in bathrooms, beside beds, in kitchens and in front of AGAs. Come and have a feel; each rug is made using 50-70 plastic bottles and is woven by skilled artisans who are fully trained, supported and paid fairly. The colours and patterns are of a style which is very much on trend at the moment.

New 'less is more' bamboo lampshades now in

Newly arrived, these lamp shades are made from bamboo and are just £15 each (including a fitting for use as a pendant). Bamboo grows twice as quick as other trees, releasing more oxygen into the air and making it an environmentally-friendly product. It is handmade by women, organic and is of course Fairtrade.

We love this lampshade; it's natural and understated and would look good in most rooms.

New basket stock has arrived today...

My New Year's Resolution is tidy up after myself, said no-one, ever. If you need somewhere to put your laundry / knickers / knitting / chocolate stash then you might like to know we have today taken delivery of more baskets. Fairtrade, organic and made by ladies who are not only highly skilled but are treated fairly, these baskets are £35 (small), £55 (medium) and £65 for the large ones. There is a plain design, and a traditional design. You are very welcome to pop in and browse!

Happy New Year!

We opened on 14 November and have been humbled by the excellent response and reaction we have enjoyed. We really do feel very welcomed by the Bailgate community (businesses and shoppers).  There are so many people who share our belief in the joy of handmade goods and in the case of our international goods, our decision to buy Fairtrade and even go further by asking about the people who make the goods we sell. Thank you for a great start.

We re-open on Wednesday 6 January.

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you all you wish for.

Lincoln Christmas Market 2015

Well, less than a month after opening we found ourselves in the middle of the Lincoln Christmas Market... 250,000 people walked past our door, a fair few from the county who hadn't been in before. It was brilliant publicity for us and we enjoyed meeting lots of like-minded people.  So, thank you to those who popped in and chatted plus to those who found things for themselves or as gifts in our shop. Thank you also to the organisers, as it was a very well organised event. See you for the 2016 event!