The following is an extract from my article for Turnbull & Asser. Read it in full here.
A celebration of Love in its infinite variety, we teamed with Asylum—a Singapore-based multi-disciplinary studio—to create two identical quilts for Handmade X: With Love, in our tie-making workroom in Sidcup, London. Using some of our most iconic tie cloths, the patchwork design stays true to the dimensions of our ties—each patch is 9.5cm wide, like the tip of each tie blade in the collection—and truly celebrates the care and attention taken by each maker. The handmade skills of the team are unique to Turnbull & Asser and this quilt brought them all together to problem-solve and create these blankets that honour the original design, pattern and colour that Turnbull is known for, without ever compromising on the quality of make.
The materials in the blankets are 100% silk satin, woven silk jacquard and screen-printed silk – all cloth originating from the UK. The blanket is filled with cotton padding and backed with 100% burgundy silk. The patches have been cut by hand and then machine-stitched together with attention to accuracy; ensuring that all the patches line up perfectly. The blanket, once formed in full scale, is then stitched by hand in a diamond grid (visible on the back) with a sink-stitch between the patches to create the quilted effect and emphasise the design.