Aunt Jessie’s Scullery

Handwoven Cloth over a gate

As a child in the 60’s I used to visit my Mother’s Uncle and Aunt in Weston-Super-Mare.  

It was a 1930,s bay windowed house.  They must have decorated the day they moved in and never touched a thing. It was full of dark furniture and embroidered head rest cloths on the arm chairs. A baby grand stood in the living room window and stole all the light. It was an aladdins cave of dusty rugs and pedestal vases. It was the perfect location for hide and seek with my siblings. 

The best place of all for me was the scullery. Separate from the cooking area it had a deep white butler’s sink with brass taps. Wooden draining boards and olive green paint on the walls. A marble shelved larder was cool and always smelt of Sunday dinner leftovers.  Fresh fish wrapped in paper and muddy vegetables came in and were transformed into proper meals by the daily. 

It may sound dour perhaps but there was always a jug of flowers often pink roses or sweetpeas on the side. The scullery was a busy and essential part of the house. 

Lately I’ve noticed the trend towards olive green kitchens and immediately my mind dropped back in time to Aunt Jessie’s scullery and this cloth was born.

Handwoven table mat
Handwoven Table Place Occasional Mat

A soft olive background with rosepath motifs in pale pink, white, brass and silver make up my main fabric. A soft twill of gold and olive make up a subtle companion cloth to it. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my inspiration behind this collection and enjoy the pieces I have made. 

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