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Handmade, recycled and upcycled items made in London, United Kingdom
Welcome to the Watkins & George shop! Recycled, upcycled and handmade items made in London, United Kingdom.
WHERE IT ALL COMES FROM
The inspiration for my shop comes from four women and two woollen fishes.
The first one is my nana in Italy, who taught me how to knit when I was a kid. In her kitchen, of course – that’s where everything happens.
The second one is my mum, a great knitter. She says that handmade items are beautiful because they are imperfect. Isn’t that a great life lesson?
The third one is my boyfriend’s auntie Gladys, who knit a woollen fish for him when he was born. He named it George and used to carry it everywhere.
When my boyfriend’s mum (the fourth woman in the story) wanted to welcome me in the family, she knitted a woollen fish for me.
WHAT I DO
My knitted items are original designs, partially upcycled from vintage, hand-knitted Aran jumpers.
I carefully select the softest, cuddliest vintage Aran jumpers and create equally soft, cuddly, beautiful items. I love working on knits started by someone I don’t know. Quite literally, it’s like picking up the threads of someone else’s life!
I use only 100% pure virgin wool, organic when possible. All vintage Aran jumpers are dry-cleaned before being used.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
Watkins & George makes and sells recycled, upcycled and handmade items made in London, United Kingdom.
Accepted payment methods
Returns and exchanges
My customers are special and I want them to be happy! I understand that shopping online means buying something that may be a little different to what you thought. With this in mind, I am happy to accept returns and exchanges.
Here are some fair conditions:
- All return/exchange must be requested within 7 days of receiving the item. If you are not happy with the item you received, please let me know ASAP.
- Shipping costs will be refunded only if the item is damaged. If this is the case, please contact me ASAP.
You do not need a PayPal Account to pay for your items through PayPal:
You can choose the PayPal Option during checkout. After you submit your order click the "Pay Now" button. On the right hand side of the next page you will see 2 options, the 2nd one is to pay using a Credit or Debit Card WITHOUT having to sign up for a PayPal account.
If you are having any issues with PayPal, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will assist you in any way I can.
Customers in the UK can pay with a cheque or direct bank transfer if they wish, please contact me directly if you want to use this method.
Please do contact me in case you are having any problems with payment.
I am afraid I will have to leave negative feedback for non-payment and non-response to emails.
If your Etsy and Paypal address are different, I will ship to the Etsy address.
Where possible, orders to customers outside the UK are sent via Airsure®. If you have special delivery requirements please let me know.
Please note that international customers are responsible for abiding by any import restrictions to their country.
Orders to customers in the UK are sent Recorded Signed For.
Orders are generally shipped within 24 hours of receiving payment.
My shop is located in the UK.
- Shipping within the UK normally takes 2-3 working days.
- Packages shipped to Europe normally take 5-8 working days.
- Shipping to the USA have been experiencing some delays due to new American customs legislation. Packages normally take around 2 weeks to arrive, however some have been delayed as long as 10 weeks. This does not happen often, but it can happen.
- Shipping to the rest of the world takes approximately 1-2 weeks, although customs can occasionally delay packages further.
I am able to combine shipping for multiple purchases. Please contact me for combined shipping prices.
SPECIAL MESSAGES AND GIFT-WRAPPING
Gift-wrapping is available upon request, at no additional cost. If your order is a gift going directly to the recipient, I can include a personal message card from you for no extra charge. If you would like this service please let me know what you would like me to write (to fit on a postcard) in the "message to seller" during checkout.
Additional policies and FAQs
Commissions and custom orders are accepted. A deposit is required before starting work. Please contact me for more information.
All designs and images © Watkins & George
Purchasing an item does not entitle the buyer to reproduction rights. If you'd like to use any of my designs or images for a public or commercial purpose, please ask me first.