Our family has had its roots in Falmouth for many generations now and when we had the opportunity to launch a business and open a shop, there was only one place we wanted to be. Falmouth is a unique place full of creative energy, with its own unique vibe and the Old High Street has a number of lovely independent businesses just like ours.
As another local Falmouth business, we had long admired Seasalt Cornwall from afar. First, we loved their very wearable clothes and then more recently, their lovely fabric. We also recognised that their values were in step with our own. It is clear that everyone at Seasalt loves Cornwall and they relish the role they have in bringing the best of Cornwall to the rest of the UK. Their prints are evocative of the Cornish landscape and flora and with their partnerships with other Cornish makers such as Leach Pottery, they really are ambassadors for Cornwall.
We also share their environmental and sustainability values. They have a sustainability team who look at all aspects of the business, from using organic cotton and other sustainable materials in their products to packaging and waste management; and they are working towards B Corp certification.
And finally, they are champions of beautiful design and creativity, whether that’s their beautiful in-house designs or their support of other local creative businesses.
So we were absolutely delighted when, a few months ago, the team at Seasalt agreed to talk to us about stocking their fabric in the shop. They have been so supportive and helpful every step if the way. Previously, their fabric had only been available on their website in pre-cut lengths, but we knew that meant that sometimes, sewists had to buy more fabric than their project called for (although there was always something that could be made with the leftovers!). So being able to offer our customers whatever length they require from the bolt is very exciting and a big step for both Stitches & Cream and Seasalt.
We visited them at their head office just outside the town and went through their autumn/winter collections. There were so many to choose from but we wanted to offer our customers a good range of prints and fabric types so we eventually settled on 7 – 2 needlecords, 2 viscose twills, a viscose, a jersey and a cotton/linen blend. We chose 7 different prints too although they are all in lovely seasonal colours that will bring a bit of colour to the dullest autumn or winter days.
And we have already started to look forward to Spring 2020 and begun the process of choosing which fabrics we will stock next from each of their 2020 collections. Initially we will have limited stock of each fabric until we see how popular it is, so get it when you see it because once it is gone, it’s gone!
All our new Seasalt Cornwall fabrics are now on our website and in the shop so pop in or buy online if you’d like to get your hands on some. We can’t wait to see what you make with the fabric – don’t forget to tag us in to your posts and also use the #seasaltartsclub hashtag.