A Rustic Kind of Day – Making a Hessian Doorstop.

Today I have enjoyed working with the wonderful material Hessian or to our US friends Burlap! It’s an interesting creature. It’s tough, pliable, scratchy on the cut edges but quite wonderful.

In fact it’s so wonderful I would love to make a hammock from it.

This is a bit embarrising, but for years I thought it was called Bird Lap not Burlap…

Anyway…I made a doorstop to sell. Yay! I really enjoyed making it and here is the finished result. But I aim to make lots of different types to perfect the art.



One of the downsides to living up North is that we don’t get to see our family as much as we would like. Which makes me sad.

But when we do, it’s as if no time has passed really.  Although, saying that, nieces grow really quickly.

Here are a few of my favourite pictures during our trip down south (including the famous banana incident).


Thank you!

Continuing my little quest for suitable stationery to send to a buyer when they purchase one of my creations I came across some amazing treasures! Again, I am inspired over and over again by the creativity that is out there in the world.

There is a wonderful designer in Thailand called Mochikaka who loves cats (of course as they are great) and she sketches little pictures as a thank you when someone buys one of her items. She is so gifted!  Actually, to really show her work I think I should at least buy something from her shop.  All the interests of research you understand - ahem!

Another designer that I love, Jordan Grace Owens, makes little jointed cats! They don’t technically have anything to do with thank you’s but I just adore them! And she does custom portraits on paper dolls, quite amazing.



A Creative Label.

Okey doke! So, to go nicely with the packaging I would like to design a little label that can be attached. I particularly love the stitched idea as that is what I do – stitch.  But I don’t like copying so will come up with another idea but aren’t these four darling!?

Credits: Angelic QuirkMud and Twig, The Latest Story and Etsy (so sorry, I found the image and it was traceless – if it’s yours please let me know and I will credit you!).

Let’s Pack!

I love a good packaged gift, especially if I am on the receiving end, often as much as the gift inside.

The anticipation.  The careful unwrapping. It is all part of the gifting experience.

I am currently challenged to produce something papery and delicious for my own shops.

I want the whole act of buying from kuko the brave to be an experience.

I have a few ideas, however, I do have limitations with the type of shape that my designs mostly come in which is usually a circular hoop.  But my love of packaging will spur me on!

So, the quest begins.  Out come the technical instruments and the cardboard.

Here are some of my personal favourites.

Seed Packaging – Adam Paterson  Stockholm Design Lab  Erik Johansson  Lola’s Kitchen – Campbell Hay

Current Creativity

I’ve spent hours recently cutting letter shapes from material.  It can be tricky but fun! There seems to have been a real surge in the interest of typography and letter based design which is great.  Here’s a photo of what I have been up to.

Saltaire on a quiet Saturday

As you’ve probably already guessed, I love Saltaire.  As a country girl, moving to a big city was a big deal! I am used to getting stuck behind tractors rather than navigating the crazy roads of the city.  Saltaire provides an oasis and it’s very pretty with coffee and vintage shops.