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  • Willio Pattern Story

    The familiar tale of a pair of doomed star crossed lovers associated with the scene in Thomas Minton’s Willow pattern design is not, as is often assumed an ancient Chinese legend but an English invention, devised in the 19th century to sell more china.

    Promised in marriage to an important Duke, the beautiful daughter of a mandarin had fallen in love with a lowly accountant, much to the anger of her wealthy father, who built a fence around his palace to keep them apart.

    The wedding was to take place the day following the fall of the first blossom from the willow tree and the Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, carrying box of jewels as a gift. Disguised as a servant the young accountant managed to slip into the palace and escaped with both the girl and the jewels, fleeing across a bridge chased by the whip wielding Mandarin. Making their way to safety on the Duke’s boat, the pair settled on a remote island where they lived together for many years. They were eventually discovered by the bitter Duke, who sent his soldiers to put them to death. Earlier versions of the tale end on that sad note, although later willow pattern designs bear doves into which the dead lovers were changed by the pitying gods.

  • Stitch markers

    I've had this idea for ages now and finally had time to do somehting about it! Stitch markers! A great way to combine my two passions...broken plate jewellery and knitting! 

    Each ring is hand made, sterling silver and a piece of broken plate. Makes me knit faster as it is such a pleasure to move the little marker over on to the other needle when one has finished a round. 

    I've also made a silver loop where the unused markers can be stored.