Behind the design... Petals

The design process for Petals bed linen

Our Winter Collection this year took us to the dark side... darker colours, darker bedroom styling and new colours on our warp. The collection has gone down a storm and our show stopping Petals has been getting a lot of attention. Here we look at the design, styling and wonder that is our Petals bedding.

I have always been partial to things on sticks, gazing at lamp posts, and adding Letraset dots to thin lines. Flowers and trees are all things on sticks to me, and the possibilities to make patterns from these shapes are endless. Petals evolved from two designs, a leaf with lines and some big dots that needed some foliage!

I set out to create a design that was a real statement and this time, I got it just right. Our Petals is different from anything we've ever created before, we just had to choose a colour...

Petal Design Sketch

Colour testing bed linen

Creating Petals

A visit to our wonderful factory involves lots of meetings, a lot of very strong coffee, and (the best bit) playing on the loom with colour and pattern. When Harriet and I decided on the design, we trialled a warp with three different colours. How lucky we are that our factory is happy to let us to do this. Trialling colours and playing around with scale of patterns, until everything is just right. It takes them a long time, and a lot of dye to make a three-coloured warp, but it makes choosing colours much more fun.

Our three warps were navy, mixed with blue, duck egg and a silver grey. We then mix through many different colours that all have wonderfully different outcomes. The colours passed through the warp on the loom lets us see the finished colour immediately, some we instantly know are not going to work. We jumped for joy when we saw the teal and blue combination of Petals.

The selection meeting and final decision on colour was actually made on a bench, on Reigate Hill. Harriet and I live more than 2 hours apart, so it makes sense to meet in the middle, and the view from Reigate Hill is breathtaking. It helps to get us feeling inspired. We often meet in the pub too, choosing our latest collections whilst cosy by the fire, or making the most of the summer sun in the pub garden (perks of the job of course). Harriet and I don't always agree on which designs and colours to put through, but 9 times out of 10, we're united, and get very excited about a design that we just know you're going to love.

Petals bed linen weaving

Blue cotton colour

Styling Petals

We knew that Navy was going to be a big colour for Autumn and Winter. I visualised the photo shoot with dark and dramatic walls, and this bedding suited the look perfectly. We used re-claimed scaffolding planks on the wall and our super set builder for the day, painted them a beautiful dark navy for us. This feature wall was so simple and would look fab in any bedroom.

If dark and dramatic doesn't suit your style, this bedding happens to also sit perfectly with bright white walls. Paired with glass accessories, navy cushions and throws or dark wooden furniture. Low lighting is so important in the bedroom and will make this bed linen sparkle.

I'm now working on our Autumn Winter Collection for 2017. What colours would you like to see?


Reclaimed Scaffold Board Bedroom

All about the design of Petals bed linen

Behind the design of our Petals bed linen

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  • Gill le Feuvre

    Interesting article Molly. Good to hear how the pattern took shape.
    I am in awe of your shots. Everytime a winner! Congratulations.

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