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The Amazing Beeswax Story!

Made by the Forge create the most beautiful, bespoke iron poles and they use real beeswax to preserve and protect the iron.
Juliet Fishenden (from Made by the Forge) shares with us her knowledge on beeswax and how it is made:
“Historically Beeswax has been used for thousands of years and has been found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, wrecked Viking ships and Roman ruins.
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Beeswax is made by the worker bees by secreting wax from 8 special glands on the underside of their abdomens. The wax cools and solidifies and the bee collects the wax with her legs and manipulates and shapes it into the hexagon cells that make up the honeycomb. The beekeeper collects the honeycomb which then goes through a number of stages, honey extracted, comb heated, cooled and then moulded into the blocks we use.
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It is a phenomenal natural miracle and incredible how such a tiny animal can make such an amazing product which has a multitude of uses.
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It was discovered to be one of the first plastics ever used and traditionally applied to protect wrought iron before modern paint was invented. It was found to have the best coating ability to preserve and protect the iron. It is still the best natural way of finishing iron because it covers the iron effortlessly with a shimmery film leaving the grain beautifully raw and intact.
Cannonball BW-1Natural sheen, Cannon Ball curtain pole finished with beeswaxMade by the Forge makes high quality, hand-crafted ironwork that will last a lifetime. All poles are made to measure so a perfect fit for your windows is guaranteed. They are always happy to answer any questions and pride themselves on an efficient caring service. Call them on 01473 487118 or go to www.madebytheforge.co.uk.”

Written by Juliet Fishenden
Made by the Forge

Thank you Juliet for sharing your knowledge on this subject.
Best wishes
Natalie
www.nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk

At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.

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Beautiful Snowdrops in Suffolk

It is always a joy to spot the first snowdrops of the year.  This simple, yet very beautiful flower cannot fail to charm with it’s fresh green shoots and distinct honey-like scent.

Nowadays, these sweetest of flowers are seen as a symbol of hope and purity but in earlier days they were not so well thought of.  In Victorian times, due to their common appearance in cemeteries, they were associated with death and bad luck.

The wild Suffolk countryside is the perfect place to spot these little gems with different varieties springing up in the most unusual places.

The National Trust have a list of their recommended snowdrop top spots but Ickworth Park in Suffolk is our nearest and we hope to visit in the next few weeks.  Can’t wait!

Happy snowdrop spotting.
Best wishes
Natalie
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At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.

 

 

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Calm, Order, Gender Equality…all in two colours?

Pantone Color of the Year 2016 has for the first time been announced as a blending of two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity.  These soft tones of pink and blue have been chosen to reflect our current need for calm and mindfulness.  Combined together, these two opposite colours are said to induce a feeling of reassurance, order and peace in our world.

Rose Quartz and Serenity have been deliberately chosen to challenge how we would normally expect colours to work together.  As society becomes less judgemental and more open to the differences in our world, these influences are effecting how colour is used to express our individuality.

What do you think?

To learn more: http://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2016

Best wishes
Natalie

“At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.”

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Testimonial for Natalie Canning, Suffolk Curtain Maker

Positive reviews from customers are always very rewarding.  Thank you Peter and Judy, it has been a pleasure.

“Natalie has helped us to transform our new home with her brilliant curtain selection, making and fitting.  From beginning to end, Natalie has been a great source of advice and guidance on choosing materials and fittings.  Natalie has now provided curtains, blinds and cushions for 14 rooms in our home and we are thrilled with the results and we would highly recommend her work.”
Peter & Judy Moorhouse, Framlingham, Suffolk

(Pictures show one of their smaller projects.)

At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.

Best wishes
Natalie

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Bespoke Curtain Poles from Made by the Forge, Suffolk

We are so excited to be working with Richard and Juliet at Made by the Forge, Suffolk.  Their unique range of curtain poles are handcrafted with great skill and dedication.

Richard has worked as a blacksmith for over 20 years and his passion for quality is reflected in their entire product range.

If you are looking for something individual, charming and built to last a lifetime, these iron poles could be just the thing!

Every curtain pole is made to measure so a perfect fit is guaranteed.

The poles are 20mm solid wrought iron and are available in matt black or natural beeswax.

Choose from the six beautifully designed finials to create your own perfect curtain pole.

The Button – simple and traditional

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The Honey Dipper – individual country charm

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The Cannon Ball – see the hammer marks from the forging process

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The Ball and Twisted Cage – elegant and timeless

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The Thumper – unusual twist on the traditional ball finial

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The Ram’s horn – for an impressive statement

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Made by the Forge makes high quality, hand-crafted ironwork that will last a lifetime. All poles are made to measure so a perfect fit for your windows is guaranteed. They are always happy to answer any questions and pride themselves on an efficient caring service. Call them on 01473 487118 or go to www.madebytheforge.co.uk.”

Best wishes
Natalie
www.nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk

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Blackout Roman Blinds, Made by Natalie Canning Interiors

DETAIL:
Beautiful Duckegg Blue fabric was used to create these two hand sewn roman blinds.
The blinds were for a bedroom and the customer wanted them to be as blacked out as possible.  We used bonded blackout lining as interlining, then blackout lining on the back to ensure no light could pass through the whole width of the blind.

CHECKING FABRIC:  We always check our fabrics before we begin.

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ONE OF THE MANY STAGES:  Skilfully applying hidden velcro to secure the top of the blind.

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HAND FINISHED AS WE ARE LITTLE BIT SNOBBY ABOUT OUR ROMAN BLINDS:  Hand stitched seams for a professional and high quality finish.

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READY TO GO:  Just needs to be carefully packaged for delivery.

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JOB COMPLETE!

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At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.

Best wishes
Natalie
www.nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk

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The Story of Some Duckegg Linen Fabric by Natalie Canning

Once upon a time there was some beautiful linen mix fabric.  The fabric was called Bali Duckegg and was for sale on Natalie Canning Interiors website.

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A curious customer ordered a sample and she fell in love.  The fabric’s soft sheen and wonderful colour meant it had to be the one for her new curtains.

She contacted Natalie Canning Interiors and told them the measurements (Measuring Guide).

Three weeks later, as if by magic…her curtains arrived.

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They were hand stitched with great care and perfectly pleated to the pattern.

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The customer was so happy they said they would use Natalie Canning Interiors on their next curtain project.

A very happy ending.

At Natalie Canning Interiors we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique soft furnishings.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss your ideas and requirements.  All of our curtains and blinds are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Please contact me on 01379 668170 or natalie@nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk.

Best wishes
Natalie
www.nataliecanninginteriors.co.uk