Today I am delighted to spotlight the fabulous Jane Lindsey of Snapdragon’s Garden.
Snapdragon’s Garden is a quirky Scottish craft business specialising in textiles and homewares who are now introducing a collection of custom-made wedding mementos for couples looking for that individual touch at off the peg prices.
Snapdragon started life back in 2000 when, pregnant with her younger daughter, Jane left her job as Curator of British art at the University of Glasgow and decided to change her life. She dreamed of moving to the country, growing cut flowers, and sewing things and in 2003 did just that – buying a smallholding near to Drymen in the Loch Lomond National Park.
The sewing began as something to fill in the months when there was nothing growing in the garden, but it soon took over, and while they are still surrounded by a cut flower garden, it is now embroidering which takes up 90% of her time.
In 2008, with the children becoming more independent, she decided to begin selling her textiles wholesale and Snapdragon quickly grew, moving away from the kitchen table and first into a vintage airstream caravan and then into a purpose built workshop in a field behind the cutting garden. They now have over 300 stockists in the UK and Europe.
The collection, available from Spring 2012, consists of a selection of wedding favours including personalised mirrors and bottle openers/fridge magnets and bespoke herb scented ring cushions.
All items can be matched to the chosen colour theme, co-ordinated with bridal wear, made using a bride’s own fabric or with fabrics that have a special meaning to the couple.
Snapdragon specialises in short-run bespoke work. They sketch with a sewing machine and use a mix of recycled, vintage and precious fabrics to create very personal and one-off embroideries, taking creative inspiration from the 1930-50s, the plants, flowers and animals that surround the Stirlingshire studio and memories of a 1970s childhood.
The compact 6cm mirrors, perfect handbag accessories and lasting keepsakes, are decorated using recycled and vintage fabrics. Each comes with an embroidered wool pouch that can be personalised with either a guest’s name and used as place marker or a more detailed message, ideal for paying tribute to bridesmaids and flower girls. Prices start from £6.50.
For male guests, Snapdragon offers a 6cm fridge magnet and bottle opener. Handmade from vintage and reclaimed fabrics, each is individually finished and can be designed to fit with any theme. Prices start from £6.50.
Ring cushions can add that finishing touch to the ceremony and act as a lasting reminder that can be treasured for years to come. Snapdragon’s personalised 15cm soothing herb cushions are 100% wool, decorated with freehand machine embroidery and stuffed with high quality lavender. Finished with a bespoke message, these graceful cushions will look right at home once the big day has passed propped on beds or chairs. Prices start from £22.50.
The new wedding offerings represent the desire of the Snapdragon team to produce carefully made gifts, tailored to the recipient that really say ‘thank you’ and will be cherished – not left behind at the end of the night.
I love everything about these. It might be the inherent Scottishness of the craftmenship but also its adaptability or it might be just the obvious love and attention that goes into each piece.
Any of these gifts I would cherish, I particularly love the little mirrors….they are divine.
Thanks to Jane for sharing about her Business and also her new products.
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