Shows, samples and latest news

Apologies for the fact there hasn’t been a blog for a few weeks.  We’ve been absolutely flat out throughout January producing samples for Top Drawer, the Scottish Trade Show and Spring Fair.  These have mainly included tea towels, aprons, oven gloves and cushion covers.

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Sheep cushion designed by Rosemary McIntosh for Basil Bird Brain and digitally printed by Countryside Art

The demand for new designs and samples for the shows has been the highest we’ve ever known and we’ve had some fantastic feed-back from our customers.

We  took the decision not to exhibit at Spring Fair this year after a 20 year unbroken stint, due to the fact we are very busy already.  So many of our customers have come back to us year on year for repeat orders and new designs resulting in the business growing far faster than we had anticipated.  This year we want to concentrate instead on continuing to increase and improve our production facilities to cope with all the extra demand.

These improvements include our having recruited lots more sewing machinists, building a new extension on to the factory, which is currently under way, buying another direct screen printing carousel and putting in place new manufacturing software to improve the monitoring of all orders as they pass through the system.

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Digitally printed large gusseted canvas bag featuring Rosemary McIntosh’s Sheep design

We have also been working with our new digital printing machine.  We are just waiting for the final modifications to be made to enable us to print all of our products including t-shirts. Once these have been carried out we will be able to fully launch the service to our customers.

In the meantime we have been producing some samples and small runs of tea towels, bags and cushions including these lovely designs shown here in this month’s blog.  Painted by Rosemary McIntosh and produced for her new start-up website gift company called Basil Bird Brain.  The soon-to-be-launched website is also going to promote the work of other designers and artists as well as more of Rosemary’s paintings and patchwork designs featuring British and Canadian themes.

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Digitally printed large gusseted canvas bag, soon to be featured on Basil Bird Brain’s new giftware website

Our digital printing service is going to be ideal for this type of customer wanting to produce small runs of full colour textile products without all the setting-up costs of the traditional screen printing service.

Finally we wish all our customers every success at Spring Fair this year,

Kind regards and best wishes


Kathy Brookes, Sales Director