Planning the autumn, winter and Christmas collections this year has been an interesting challenge. Many makers we work with and support have struggled to access studios and equipment and as a result have had to postpone collections (but will be ready to launch in the spring) and many producers needed shut down their mills just as out samples were being made.
Others such as the craftsmen in Mexico, who have made Tin Decorations, have needed the commitment to working with them more than ever. Here at The Shop Floor Project, it has see-sawed between being ghostly quiet and busier than ever.
The Shop Floor Project would like to wish you all the very best over these next coming months – escapism and inspiration are needed more than ever we think.
Here, The Shop Floor Project will talk you through the newest Christmas Decorations for 2020!
The Tinsmiths For Your Tree
Floating down from above are our latest collection of decorations. Designed in-house and created by skilled craftsmen in Mexico, they are inspired by characters seen on frescoes in early English country churches and antique folk art toys. Tin work, known in Mexico as hojalata, goes back to the 16th Century. Known as ‘poor man’s silver’, it is perfect for decorations; light to hang and catches the light beautifully with all the embossed detailing.
Hand beaten by Swedish maker Malin Appelgren, these brass and pewter stars are beautiful for the festive season and beyond!
Deck the Halls, Walls – and anywhere else you can think of!
The Paper Chain Garland Kits come in ten different patterns and colours. They can also be mixed up together for different combinations and, as each one is ‘lined’ in a pattern, can be turned inside out too – the options are endless!
Each pack contains enough to make 10 metres, £14.50 a pack.
What could be more fun than stitching and stuffing these Fabric House Kits, featuring the collages of famous writers’ houses by renowned folk artist Amanda White?
Easy to hang on a tree, they look equally good sitting along a shelf. Again, we encourage some personal embellishments, perhaps an appliqued wreath on a door or some embroidered flowers climbing up the wall? £18 per house kit.
These charming Fabric Folk Kits feature collages of famous female figures by Amanda White. Each kit comes with everything needed to make them: fabric, organic wool stuffing, a needle, pins and thread pack specifically made by Merchant and Mills for us.
Channel your inner Baroque and create a display worthy of any 17th Century still life painter with our hand-blown sweet and fruit decorations.
Wrapped in gold waxed paper and nestled in a gift box, the hand-blown glass sweet decorations are made in a traditional workshop in Egypt.
Pop Out Crowns
These pop out cardboard corwns, with patterns painted by Raphael Balme are an alternative to traditional sugar paper hats found in Christmas crackers.
The Shop Floor Project is an award-winning online shop, founded in 2006 by Denise Allan and Samantha Allan (mother and daughter) with the aim to design, develop and source collections of the highest craftsmanship from makers and traditional manufactures around the world – with an emphasis on British makers. They see the Project as a series of curated spaces filled with objects that fulfill their main criteria; that the object is worthy of keeping and passing down through generations – be it a handwoven Herdwick blanket or a hand beaten wall sconce from Sweden. The Shop Floor Project has been described as ‘one of the most beautiful websites around’ and was shortlisted for Homes & Gardens Retailer of the Year 2015 award. Our products have been featured in the New York Times, The World of Interiors, Vogue, House & Garden, Elle Decoration, The Guardian, The Times and more.