Welbeck Tiles – A Chance Meeting!

Last summer my friend Lorna showed me some beautiful tiles her husband had bought her, really pretty floral tiles that I thought I’d seen before. I had a vague recollection of seeing them in little boutique shops when in Cornwall, I knew they looked familiar but I couldn’t place where I’d seen them before. They had a patchwork look to them, a shabby chic style, so naturally, they automatically appealed!

Then, in September, I drove along the main road between Perranuthnoe and Praa Sands in West Cornwall and saw a familiar sign advertising a local business who made tiles, set back from the road in a lovely house with a selection of outbuildings. Having passed it numerous times over the years, I noticed they often had a closed sign up so I always drove straight past. However, when I stopped to check their opening times, I saw the owner waving me in. Couldn’t believe my luck when I realised this was the very same place that produced my friend’s gorgeous tiles!

Brenda owns Welbeck Tiles and along with her husband, they produce hand made and hand decorated tiles. The reason their closed sign had been up so frequently was because they were working on a massive commission for a top secret customer. They were tasked with producing and decorating a huge quantity of tiles, but we were warmly welcomed in and had the chance to look round not only the showroom, but Brenda’s studio and kiln area.

When I walked in, I didn’t know where to look first, so I will just describe it with pictures!

This display won an award at the Country Living Spring Fair…

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They can produce anything you like, on a tile…

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Some postcards on tiles, these were AMAZING…

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I suppose if you were to ‘vajazzle’ a tile, this is what it would look like. Beautiful gold…

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Just like Lorna’s tiles, I knew I’d seen them before!

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Now who wouldn’t want a tile display in their bathroom, kitchen, etc that looks like this?
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The postcards on tiles looked fantastic. I bought an old London postcard along with an old St Michael’s Mount version too. No, I haven’t done anything with them yet, but they are beautiful to look at! Welbeck Tiles are actually able to produce any design on a tile, whether it’s a personal postcard, a family photo, a logo, anything.

I also got a tour of Brenda’s own working studio and kiln area. I won’t share her trade secrets but it was fascinating! Brenda has worked in ceramic design for years and has designed collections for some amazing companies: Bergdorf Goodman and the David Linley furniture company being just a couple of examples. She has since produced ceramic tiles for beautiful retail displays, corporate clients and personal clients with very specific requirements.

I was like a child in a sweet shop, I didn’t know where to look first! If you get the opportunity to visit Welbeck Tiles’ studio please do stop (if they’re open, I don’t necessarily recommend gate crashing!). You can view more about the company on their website and please do follow them on Facebook.

Thank you Brenda and sorry for taking so long to post this. Hope to see you again this summer!

Tara Tuesdays – Part 32

Tara is back for her regular Tuesday slot after an extended Christmas break, thank you T for another ‘Tara Tuesdays’ blog post! ┬áHere it is:

A New Skill

I know I haven’t been on Em’s blog for a while as it has been a bit “same old, same old” in my life since returning back to work after Christmas. Going horse riding and playing catch up with the chores at the weekend leaves no time or energy for much crafting. However, recently I went to my friend Cat’s after work as we are keen to learn crochet! Like me, Cat is a very keen knitter and has only been knitting for a few months, she seems to eat up the projects that she starts putting me to shame and I think she will be one of those uber fast knitters very soon!

Cat has recently subscribed to the Bergere Knit & Stitch magazine advertised on the telly, which comes with a DVD to learn how to knit and crochet, so we decided to watch it and try and give crochet a go! I have done some before as I went to a workshop run by my teacher Nicki Trench ages ago but came away with such a headache as I found it really difficult and hard to concentrate! I did make a doily however (my Mum has it now) and then with lots of help a Granny Square. I couldn’t tell you how I did it mind!

We found the DVD helpful but as you can imagine we were having to stop, pause, and rewind it over and over! The woman made it look SO easy and was crocheting (not sure if that is a word) really fast so we struggled to keep up! I managed to learn the foundation chain, the slip stitch (or single crochet) …. get me going all technical (!) and the double crochet. I know there are other stitches and increases and decreases still to master but I thought that was enough to be going on with! I did also need to drive home!

I haven’t actually made anything yet as I have just been practising the stitches first. After knitting, it is a bit confusing as you only have the crochet hook to work with rather than two needles and you have to get your head around holding the yarn in a different way. Then there is your tension, Cat struggled with hers and found that her stitches were too tight for her to get her hook into! I really like the effect and neatness of crochet stitches and have been wanting to learn for ages. My boss at work is a whizz at it and has made some beautiful things that she just whips up at the weekend! It is good to know that she is on hand when we need her at work when we get stuck!

I have recently subscribed to Mollie Makes magazine and am keen to make this as my first project:

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My boss assures me flowers are easy, we shall see! Watch this space for updates on how I am getting on!

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