All things bright and beautiful, stylish & ethical.

Hereford, United Kingdom | 47 Sales


All things bright and beautiful, stylish & ethical.

Hereford, United Kingdom 47 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Ruth Gibbins

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Ruth Gibbins

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Step one: get the scissors to the trousers!
Inspired by the tulips in the garden: and this happens! Size 12 jacket - updated and refreshed with appliqué and buttons, now on sale in my workshop near Hay on Wye
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Ethical one-off designs to give joy and individuality to the wearer!

I draw my inspiration from my love of colour and the construction of garments from start to finish. Individual wearable artwork is my aim.

I have been making original one-off garments for over 30 years, first starting with quilted and appliquéd reversible quilted jackets for ladies and children- I then developed a range of tapestry jackets as well as hooded parkas and sold them at quality craft fairs throughout the 1980’s and 90’s.

Moving to Herefordshire 20 years ago my attention shifted to restoring our farmhouse and outbuildings, but having converted the tractor shed into two craft workshops, my sewing skills resurfaced, and working part time with the NHS in the dental service I gradually built up my stock again but this time sold from my workshop, conveniently located on a main road to the nearest tourist spot- Hay on Wye and a gateway to the Welsh mountains.

Living in an area of outstanding beauty and unspoiled countryside started me thinking seriously about sustainability, in particular leaning towards ethical clothing and the desire to develop an ethical clothing brand. At Christmas 2014 I took early retirement from my job, and set myself up to recycle, restore and remake preloved quality clothing.

I try to only use clothing that is donated to me, and buy very little. I have a couple of suppliers that donate quality furnishing fabrics when out of production, and from these I make original purses and bags. I also make a range of original Tablet cases.

If you are travelling to the area, please call in and enjoy a cup of something! My shop is open most days.

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Last updated on Dec 26, 2018
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Custom and personalised orders

Custom orders will take 4-6 weeks, depending on the item ordered. I will always try to complete sooner, depending on my workload. Many of my items apart from ties waistcoats and iPad cases are made from recycled quality clothing and will be one off individual designs, and will be unrepeatable!

I am very happy to make individual waistcoats for a special occasion from your favourite ties.
AlI need are your own ties, about 15 to give a good amount of fabric for me to work with, clean please. If you prefer I have a good stock of ties, I just need your colour preferences. Back neck to waist measurement and chest, plus your choice of lining colour. Please send me a message for further details. Waistcoats are £130 plus P&app

Custom and personalised orders

I can make iPad and tablet cases for your particular electronic device. Please contact me for details, I can send photos of suitable fabrics for you to choose your pattern.