Author Archives: A Rum Fellow

  • Peruvian jungle and mountain cushions

    Posted on 03/10/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We are very excited that our first cushion collection has just arrived! The vibrant colours and designs have come from our travels to the far corners of Peru, a combination of mountain hand weaving and jungle tribe hand embroidery. The handwork in the cloths used for these cushions is insanely intricate and all the techniques and designs have been passed down through generations. We chose 100% wool backs to compliment the hand woven llama wool and the piping highlights the Peruvians love of colour. Another bit of matchmaking as they were all made in the UK. This intense hit of colour has definitely brightened our day. Enough talking, they speak for themselves...

    You can see them in store here.

    All of the cushions are available here.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Ayahuasca textiles, cushions, folk cushions, folklore, hand embroidered cushions, Hand embroidery, Hand looms, hand woven cushions, hand woven peruvian textiles, Peruvian textiles

  • Hunting for vintage en France

    Posted on 21/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We've been hunting far and wide to bring you some special vintage pieces. Here's a few photos from one of our trips to France.

    The French antique dealers would never settle for a bacon butty and a brew.

    Freaky dolls.

    I was thinking about buying this for the front garden. Much better than a neighbourhood watch sticker.

    The Jetsons were in town selling their cars.

    Moules frites...mmmmmnnnn!


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with dolls, dover, food, france, moules, Vintage

  • Old Style Sign Writing

    Posted on 17/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We absolutely love a bit of traditional sign writing, and found some brilliant store fronts in Bolivia. The typography and colours are spectacular and set off the authentic wild west style.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with bicycle store, Bolivia, sign writing, travel, typography

  • Thread and jungles "Ayahuasca Quilting"

    Posted on 10/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Completely cut off by roads in the northern jungle of Peru we discovered some jaw dropping hand embroidered textiles and some very lovely people. Completely different in style to other parts of Peru these intense embroidered and hand painted designs combine jungle flora with geometric patterns. The story behind each design is as exotic as the jungle.

    Inspiration comes from the visions experienced during Ayahuasca healing ceremonies held deep in the forest. The hallucinogenic inspiration is all clear in the vibrant colours and maze of patterns. The designs and techniques have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated and worn by the tribes today. Among the selection we collected we struck gold in finding these larger textiles which could only be destined for glory.

    Here at A Rum Fellow we love nothing more than mixing age old traditional styles and techniques to create something new. In this case fusing the traditions of two very different cultures; British quilting and Amazonian tribal textiles. We decided the colourful intensity of these Amazonian textiles would perfectly transform into quilts and carry a taste of the rich tropical jungle into any room.

    Even though the emphasis was on the Peruvian panels, we wanted to make sure that the underside of the quilts had something to say too. In keeping with the fearless use of colour our Amazonian friends are born with, it felt right to use bright colours on the back and add geometric highlights.

    A couple of finished pieces from the collection bringing a taste of the jungle home.

    Available on our website here.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Amazonian textiles, Ayahuasca textiles, Ayahuasca visions, Geometric quilts, Hand embroidery, Peruvian textiles, Quilts

  • Tile lusting

    Posted on 03/09/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    [caption id="attachment_392" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro

    Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro[/caption]

    I was just scanning through the photos from our South America trip and a couple of Geometric tiles caught my eye. Then I realised that quite a few geometric/intricate tiles had caught our eye whilst we were away. Bold in colour and design, they would be amazing in both kitchens and bathrooms, so I thought I'd share them. Some of them are a little worse for wear but now I can not get them out of my head.

    [caption id="attachment_393" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro

    Jorge Selaron stair tiles rio de janeiro[/caption]

    For more about Jorge Selaron and some other photos see our earlier post here.

    [caption id="attachment_399" align="alignnone" width="600"] Sao Paulo- Brazil

    Sao Paulo- Brazil[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_394" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_395" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    Really love the contrasting borders on the ones above and below.

    [caption id="attachment_396" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_397" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]

    [caption id="attachment_398" align="alignnone" width="600"] Iquitos- Peru

    Iquitos- Peru[/caption]


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with geometric tiles, Jorge Selaron, Moroccan tiles, Sao Paulo, Tiles, too de janeiro

  • The machines which were built to last

    Posted on 28/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We have a new member in the studio, well actually it is quite old but we are more than a little bit love struck with it. This beautiful Singer is admittedly a beast to lift but its hardiness has stood the test of time.

    Although we were already fully set up with machines when my Grandma very kindly offered me this one... how could I ever resist? Built in my opinion how sewing machines should be, with a belted motor and metal parts it not only fills every nook and cranny of my mid century love, it is as sturdy as they come and can take on the toughest of fabric.

    Back in the early 1950's, when she was not out on the fields, or cooking up her notorious stew and dumplings my Grandma was a keen sewer and decided to take the leap into the new world of electrical sewing machines. As I have been told many a times, back then if the money was not in your purse you did not not buy it. One summer, to raise the funds Grandma bought 20 turkey chicks, then on her own in a corner of the farm land, she raised them and eventually sold them for Christmas. With more than enough money in her purse she bought this sewing machine. This successful money raiser  did not go unnoticed by my Grandad and the next year he took over and bought 100 turkeys. A couple of generations later there are 2500 free range turkeys running around whenever I return home. The picture below is my Grandma in the fifties a few years after she had brought turkeys to the farm for the first time.

    I have been working on a quilt collection using some of the hand embroidered fabrics we discovered in Peru which were inspired by the jungle surroundings. As the Singer sat there staring at me in its perfect combination of wood and hearty metal it was irresistible. I cleaned it up (didn't need much cleaning as it had only the one careful owner) and gave it an oil. It ran so smooth and 'they don't make them like they used to' was ringing in my ears. I switched entirely to the singer for this collection and someone will have to tear me away from it.

    A post on the quilts will be coming soon but here is a little taster of the quilted jungle vines.


    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with 1950's, A Rum Fellow quilts, Mid century, Peruvian textiles, quilt collection, quilting, singer 99k, singer sewing machine, turkeys

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