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Meet the Maker; Paws&Hounds and Jenny Dunlop Art

Meet the Maker

Love stitching? Then take a look at this blog about how two talented designers began their business journey.

Paws & Hounds Stall, Pedddle

This week we have chosen a stitching theme! Sean from Paws&Hounds creates beautifully handmade dog collars and accessories and Jenny of Jenny Dunlop Art mixes stitching and fabrics with beautiful watercolour paintings.

Paws & Hounds

Where it began:

Our own dogs were the reason we created Paws&Hounds – we are a team of two. Athena, our poodle, has a show coat and needed a wide padded collar which we couldn’t find readily in the UK. I began by hand stitching her two collars, which was a long winded process. We moved home and purchased a vintage Singer sewing machine as a piece of furniture for our living-room, and this is where I made my first real dog collars.

Where I work:

I work from our two spare bedrooms at present – one workspace is for sewing and posting and the other workspace is where I do all the metal work!

Work in progress:

Other than orders, which are always an ongoing work in progress, we are looking to improve our social media posts. This is William’s area of expertise and so he is charged with taking pictures that will enhance our presence on Instagram and Facebook, and this is our main focus at the moment.

Our best seller: 

ID tags are a real hit right now, particularly online – with many orders coming from across the pond in the USA.

Collars that have a country / tweed feel to them are also really popular and as summer has come, boho style collars are becoming a firm favourite.

My stall and our favourite markets:

We can be found at a number of the Makers Markets around Manchester, our favourites at the moment being in the Northern Quarter and Knutsford.

Jenny Dunlop Art

Where it began:

I have a degree is in Fashion and Textile Design, and when I finished Uni I got a job with a big furniture company. I loved it and worked with them for many years. But, moving house and starting a family made me change my outlook and I wanted something I could do to fit around my kids. I wanted to be able to do the school run and play with them! That’s when I decided to pick up my brushes and dig out my sewing machine again. I love being able to plan my schedule according to what’s going on as a family. I may work into the night sometimes, but that’s fine!! Flexibility is key for family life. As a result, monster families and rows of quirky houses featured in my early work, and still do!

Where I work:

I work from my studio at home – I have a big space filled with clutter!

Work in progress:

I’m currently working on a couple of House commissions, which is a lovely way to celebrate where you live or as a reminder of a special home. 

Favourite piece to make & best seller:

I love animals and I love drawing animals. My favourite place to visit is the zoo! My lion artwork is currently my best seller, followed closely by my giraffe.

Favourite markets:

One of my favourite markets lately has been the Markers Market in Chester. Such a lovely atmosphere and a real buzz to it – definitely one to visit if you’re in the area. 

Any future plans?

I have plans to create homewares later this year, with cushions and tea towels as the first items. The samples have arrived and look fabulous – I’m not sure I have the patience for the 4-5 week delivery time for the rest of the order! I can’t wait to see them all.