Is that they are a bummer to photograph.

Roller blind for Alison Kerr - "Dog wood"

You either need a spare bright and empty house with a stylist and photographer in the wings  or you bribe every client to photograph theirs once installed (with no guarantee of quality!).

Today I pursued a third option in which there may be some mileage. Big white wall, install blind upon it and click.

and again.

However it is hardly the context shot that potential clients crave and could be improved so by the addition of a vase of flowers a bedside table and a WINDOW for gods sake – but I just couldn’t be bothered lugging accessories up to the newly built barn.  Also, Yorick is overworked and exhausted enough with basic barn building, I don’t imagine he would relish being asked to install a window for the sole purpose of photographing a blind. Perhaps I need to explore Photoshop potential. Can I cut and paste windows, chairs, divans? Can I style from the comfort of my office? Oooh I’m getting excited now, perhaps I could apply a slice of  Buckingham palace gardens to the window under a half cocked Mogwaii blind. Now there’s a thought.

Full length "Dog Wood"

What a giggle I had today when I received an email asking whether I would like to be featured in Cross stitcher magazine. Of course I said yes and have questions to answer as a result but the irony is I have never cross stitched in my life! I have just been approached to incorporate cross stitch in a commission and had to pass it on to my friend Tina.

I did come clean of course but they don’t seem to mind. Oh well…look out for a fresh approach to cross stitch (ie straight stitch) in their up and coming magazine:

Cross stitch offer.


Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

5 replies on “The thing with blinds …

  1. New to your blog – but love love that blind! Is it for sale, or a one-off? Couldn’t find anything on your Etsy. Thanks!

    1. Dear Rebecca

      Many thanks for leaving a comment regarding the “Dog Wood” blind shown in my latest blog post. This particular blind has been custom made for a client but I can certainly make one for you to whichever dimension would suit. If other colours would be more apt then that can also be incorporated without much difficulty since the appliquéd silk is hand dyed, also the base colour could be different.
      If you wanted to order a Mogwaii blind I would need to know dimensions of the window and whether the blind would fit inside or outside the recess then, in the first instance, I can give you a price.

      I look forward to hearing from you

      Best wishes


    1. Thank you for your comment. Your interior design plans sound exciting. Just say if you want me to make something for you or come up with some ideas.

      Best wishes


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