Designer on my Doorstep - Sally Nencini

Between the 11th and 19th of May this year I had over one hundred invitations to visit people's homes in and around Dulwich.  You're starting to think I'm pretty popular, right? Well, that's not for me to say. All I know is that the Artist's Open House event resulted in me being introduced to Sally Nencini's designs. And her range of handmade cushions and toys made my heart sing as soon as I laid eyes on them. 

Luckily for us, Sally is as lovely as her designs and kindly agreed to my request to answer a few questions about her gorgeous lambswool creations.
How did you get started? I got started with machine knitting when I wanted to make a knitted cover for a stool I was upholstering. I studied fashion at art college and had always loved textiles. I'd done a bit of machine knitting at college, but it was a while ago, so I spent a term at Morley College on a course called 'Experimental Machine Knitting'. It was a great refresher course forme (and also great for beginner if you want to learn!) I enjoyed it so much that I started making other knitted things such as toys and cushions, then set up an Etsy shop and it just went from there!
  • What do you love most about being a designer? The thing I love most about being a designer is being constantly inspired by new ideas. I love trying out new things - it's never boring!
  • Where do you get your inspiration from? I'm inspired by vintage fabrics and mid century imagery, especially early Galt and Abbatt wooden jigsaw puzzles and picture card games. I'm always drawn to vintage toys and still can't resist buying a little old dolly pram or child's car eventhough my babies are big now!
  • Favourite item you have designed? I think my favourite item has to be the Fairisle Dolly. I love her pattern and her cheeky wink and, eventhough I've seen her a hundred times, I still like her.
  • What's next for you and your label? I'm about to launch a range of scarves, gloves, mittens and hats. Just a small trial this winter but I hope to work on it in time for winter 2014. I'm also hoping to work on a range of knitted stools and pouffes - I'm back to the beginning!

Yes, you heard right - Sally's working on a line of winter accessories, so we may find ourselves wearing her designs this time next year - how exciting! In the meantime, you can get your hands on Sally's cosy cushions, blankets and toys via Etsy and Not on the High Street

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