Welcome to the Pocket Book from The Stitch Society for the 6th December, full of festive ideas for the days leading up to Christmas.
Firstly a big thank you to everyone who came along to our Open Studio last weekend. It was lovely to see some familiar faces and new ones. We will hopefully have a few more events next year as well and will let you know when and where.
With Christmas fast approaching, we are taking a more sustainable view on gift buying this year. There are many shops who pride themselves on their ethical and sustainable approach to retail and none more than Baileys Home, of whom I have been a fan for many years. They have recently been listed in The Shopkeepers “Shops worth travelling for…” so definitely worth a trip.
Another favourite of ours are Essence + Alchemy. A botanical scented goods brand focused on handcrafting sustainable collections with honesty and transparency to support natural well-being. They combine the theories of traditional aromatherapy, ancient alchemy and well-considered design, bringing together a portfolio of consciously made products influenced by the natural elements of fire, air, water and earth. Their tea light subscriptions ensure you can try their scents and there is nothing quite like their Smoke candle – it is so amazing.
McNair shirts, who make wonderful merino mountain shirts have a special Saturday opening this Saturday, 7th December. You can book an appointment for a measuring or simply drop in to browse or try on. Based in Upper Mills, Canalside, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire, they also have a special treat on the Saturday openings, with all shirt purchases they are offering a gift of Empire Ale, which is brewed in their mill’s boiler room.
One of the most celebrated portraitists of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20th century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.
Spanning nearly seven decades, his self-portraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter. The exhibition is on at the Royal Academy of Arts until the 26th January. Click HERE for more information.
We hope you enjoyed the Pocket Book for the 6th December, we will be back next week with more snippets.
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