Chicken soup for the soul, but with yarn. That’s weaving according to Francesca Kletz, founder of The London Loom. She believes textiles have mood-enhancing properties, and her soothing craft workshops are designed to encourage a little zen. Just like her studio, her home’s filled with an array of tactile treasures. Here are her tips on giving your space all the feels.
1. Mixing materials makes a room feel more inviting. We’ve warmed up the studio’s concrete floor with a cosy sheepskin rug. At home, I pile up cushions and throws for a pleasing contrast of texture and print.
2. When you’re choosing fabric, not everything has to match. I’m a big fan of pairing striking prints together for maximum impact. Our geometric accent chairs in the studio hold their own against the colourful yarn wall.
3. Texture doesn’t have to come from soft furnishings. I collect trinkets from my travels and display them together with accessories and plant pots. The different materials create a tapestry of finishes that’s as diverse as fabric.
4. A gallery wall plastered with art brightens up a room, and gives the feeling of texture. In the studio, our yarn wall is a feast of rainbow colours and textures - you can’t help but smile when you see it!
5. Throw out the rulebook, and go with your heart. In my workshops, people often worry that their creations won’t ‘go’ with the rest of their home - but if you love something, that’s all that matters.
Article written by: Ellie Hamilton