BrillandBen

Subversive embroidery on vintage table linens & aprons.

London, United Kingdom · 31 Sales

BrillandBen

Subversive embroidery on vintage table linens & aprons.

London, United Kingdom 31 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(9)
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Tot Brill

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Announcement   Brill and Ben specialise in unique, handmade, one off machine embroidered tablecloths, napkins and aprons upcycled with original designs.
I source carefully selected old table and French linens for my embroideries. You can be confident that every piece I make is unique because I never use bought in embroidery designs, and only embroider my own designs on antique and vintage linens.
For more information and updates on work-in-progress follow Brill and Ben on Pinterest or like the Brill&Ben Facebook page.
Brill and Ben is dedicated to making beautiful and unique fabrics live again.

Announcement

Brill and Ben specialise in unique, handmade, one off machine embroidered tablecloths, napkins and aprons upcycled with original designs.
I source carefully selected old table and French linens for my embroideries. You can be confident that every piece I make is unique because I never use bought in embroidery designs, and only embroider my own designs on antique and vintage linens.
For more information and updates on work-in-progress follow Brill and Ben on Pinterest or like the Brill&Ben Facebook page.
Brill and Ben is dedicated to making beautiful and unique fabrics live again.

Tot Brill

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Tot Brill

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(9)
Laura C. Hewitt

Laura C. Hewitt on Aug 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second order from BrillandBen and again, I am so pleased with the exquisite contemporary embroidery on vintage damask napkins. Tot sent images and descriptions and let me choose napkins, thread color and embroidered pattern. They are just beautiful. Unexpectedly fast shipping from the UK to US. Thank you so much!

Laura C. Hewitt

Laura C. Hewitt on May 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Exceptional quality and beautifully embroidered, smart and fun napkins. Shipping was very fast to US and customer service was personable and prompt. Thank you so much!

Gail Talancy

Gail Talancy on Jan 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Even better than I imagined. Incredibly creative embroidery on super top quality vintage linen tablecloth. In perfect spotless condition (except for bird tracks LOL) Wish I could give her 10 stars!!

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Updates

Just listed these 8 beautiful fine cotton placemats upcycled with embroidered red wine splats and stains. Or maybe they are rectangular napkins. Who can tell? You choose!
Drat That Cat. Buttery yellow embroidered paw prints on vintage linen and lace napkins. New in my shop today.
Just listed a vintage table linen set upcycled with embroidered ashy cat paw prints. Drat That Cat
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About

Saving the planet with subversive embroidery

I had a light bulb moment in a little seaside shop. Surrounded by a mass of cute embroidery I thought that if I never saw an embroidered cup cake or puppy on a tea cosy it wouldn't be a minute too soon.

I love the colour intensity of thread and the creativity of embroidery: the way embroidery can follow a pattern repeat or deviate just when it wants. I am fascinated by the way embroidery can mimic other forms of pattern and art.

And I knew from my rumaging in junk shops,Ebay, charity shops and flea markets that there's a world out there of once loved linens wanting a new purpose. Rather than cut them up and turn them into cushion covers, I wanted to gussie them up and put them back to work dressing up dinner for contemporary suppers.

So I started Brill and Ben to share my passion for embroidery, upcycling and fun suppers with friends.

I promise, no puppies and absolutely no cup cakes.

UNIQUE AND ONE-OFF APRONS, TABLECLOTHS AND NAPKINS
Every single piece or set I make is unique. That's the joy of using old textiles and my own unique designs; you can be confident that every item I make is hand made with love and creativity and never replicated one upon another.

I love making my one-of-a-kind upcycled embroideries, but it's a long process.

FINDING LINENS AND GETTING THEM READY TO EMBROIDER
Most weekends I seek out good quality old table linens in vintage fairs and flea markets. I also buy vintage linens on line from sellers I trust to provide reliable good quality textiles. I wash, starch and iron every single item and store them while I think about how to embroider them. I always use planet friendly unscented washing powders, and old style starch, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because I know some people have a bad reaction to harsh washing chemicals. When the weather is fine I hang the linens out in my garden to dry. When it's wet I dry them on an old style clothes horse in my studio.

CREATING DESIGNS
My design process starts with inspiration. Usually an idea strikes at strange times, when my mind is running free. I'd been puzzling over how I could make a Christmas design that didn't use any of the usual festive images, but took Yule and the 12 days of Christmas seriously. The answer finally came to me on the bus on the way back from a meeting. You can see the results in my shop now. I keep a sketch book with me all the time to draw ideas for embroideries. When an idea gels I draw it in pencil and, when I'm happy with it, I redraw it in Indian ink. I usually draw the design up larger than I intend the finished embroidery to be, so I can the details right. Once the ink has dried I clean up the drawing and scan it to my computer.

I load the scan and digitise it, keeping in mind how the embroidery will flow, where the colour changes will come (if I'm using colour) and minimising the jumps. Usually it takes me about half a day to get the digital design the way I want it, but I often dump the whole thing and start again if I can't get it absolutely right. Once I'm happy I'll run a test sample on calico, watching how the embroidery behaves. There's always something that needs tweaking, and quite often it's at this stage that I decide to start over again. I think I did 4 versions of the lobster design through to test embroidery before I was happy with it.

MAKING ONE-OF-A-KIND EMBROIDERIES
I use a Husqvarna embroidery machine to embroider my designs and a sturdy 1960's sewing machine to stitch the aprons. The strong linen I use for the aprons killed off my domestic sewing machine. Though old linen fabric is soft and deliciously floppy, linen yarns are extremely resistant, so now I use an old machine that sews through multiple layers of linen like stitching through butter!

Most of my designs take between 30 minutes and 1 hour to embroider. My one-off embroidered tablecloths are made up of multiple designs and can take 12 - 24 hours to complete.

Once the embroidery is finished I take out the basting and clean up the reverse of the design by cutting out the joining threads. Then I wash the linens again to remove the backing textile, starch them, and, when they are just slightly damp hand iron them. I leave them to air until they are completely dry, and then package them in tissue paper and clean zip lock bags.

Max, my talented son, takes the photographs.

I make and sell from my home in east London: 10 Sidney Road, London E7 0EF. Telephone +44 (0)208 534 4573 brillandbenembroidery [!at] gmail.com
The phone will only be answered during working hours Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm GMT. There's an answer phone available for out of hours messages. Sidney Road is my home, so turn up expecting a shop. If you want to visit contact me first to arrange an appointment.

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    I'm based in glorious East London where I make machine embroideries on upcycled linens.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 7, 2016
I source carefully selected antique and retro table linens and upcycle them with my original designs.
Brill and Ben is dedicated to making beautiful and unique fabrics live again. I love old blackwork embroidery, rock carvings, steel engravings, graffiti, tattoos and the works of E. A. Poe and these are reflected in the designs I make.

Each of these unique and one-off upcycled pieces on vintage or antique linens is washed with unscented organic producrs, starched with natural unscented starch, embroidered, washed and starched again and hand ironed. When the weather permits they are line dried in my garden. When it's drizzly outside I dry them naturally inside my house on a Victorian laundry rack. So you can be sure that they are clean and ready for use.

Because these are upcycled pieces they may not always be entirely to measure, or may have small blemishes. But nothing serious or life limiting.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept Paypal, Etsy gift cards and card payments through Etsy direct checkout. That's all, I don't accept any other forms of payments.

Please make payments with your order, as I won't accept orders or ship your purchase without cleared payment.

Brill and Ben is not currently VAT registered, so the price shown is the same for EU and non-EU buyers.
Shipping
I make a modest shipping charge to make sure your purchases arrive safely and in tip top condition.

Once your payment has reached my account I will wrap your purchase securely and send it to you within 3 working days (I count working days as Monday to Friday) by the most reliable post. You will probably need to sign for the parcel, so if you are not usually at home when your postal service calls, or if you want your parcel delivered to an office, you may need to pick it up from your post depot if the carrier can't find you.

I will let you know if something unexpected happens and it is going to take more than a couple of days to post your purchases.

I will notify you once your purchase is on its way to you.

Inside the UK I send small items (like napkins) by Royal Mail postal service, "1st Class Signed For".
I may send larger, heavier or multiple orders by post or carrier dependant on destination, size, and/or weight.
Outside the UK I send everything by "International Tracked and Signed" (airmail) where available. You will need to sign for the parcel . If tracking and signed for is not available in your country, I will send your paracel by the most secure method.

Royal Mail expects to deliver in:
UK: 1-3 working days from despatch
EU: 3-5 working days from despatch
Rest of World: 5-7 working days from despatch
Royal Mail's estimates for international delivery are very optimistic, so please allow an additional 3 weeks before you start worrying, and be aware that delivery times may be further lengthened by public holidays and during both mine and your post office's busy periods.

These expected postal delivery times for international customers exclude customs processing. If you are an international customer you may need to arrange your own customs processing.

The earliest you can notify an international delivery as lost is 20 working days (25 outside Europe) after the expected delivery date. But, as the post office's delivery dates are optimistic, and don't include the time your customs will take to process your purchase, you might want to wait a bit longer before you give up hope. Contact me if your purchase doesn't arrive when you expect it to.

All Brill and Ben customers outside the UK are responsible for ensuring their purchase is acceptable in their own country and for paying all of their local taxes, customs duty, processing and import fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
• All of my consumer sales on Etsy.com are subject to English and relevant EU laws.

I make and sell from my home in east London: 10 Sidney Road, London E7 0EF. Telephone +44 (0)208 534 4573 brillandbenembroidery [!at] gmail.com
The phone will only be answered during working hours Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm GMT. There's an answer phone available for out of hours messages. Sidney Road is my home, so don't turn up expecting a shop. If you want to visit contact me first to arrange an appointment.

Right to Cancel
• You can cancel for any reason from the time you make an order until the end of 14 calendar days after the day your purchase arrives. I'm happy to extend this period for a reasonable time if you are buying from Brill and Ben as a special occasion gift for someone else. Please contact me for agreement to a gift extension before you place your order.

• Please contact me about your cancellation before the cancellation period has expired. You can use the cancellation form on this page but you don't have to do so. It's in your own interests to keep a record of your cancellation.

• If you cancel your order after I've sent it, but before it arrives, please refuse delivery and the delivery service will return it to me eventually.

• If you cancel the whole of an order made up of more than one purchase (purchased together at the same time) I will count it as a single purchase for the purpose of re-payment. If you only want to cancel part of a multiple order I'll treat your cancelled item/s as a single order.

• I will refund the value of your purchase within 14 days of cancellation, when I have not yet sent your purchase; or within 14 days of my receiving your returned purchase. I will make refunds using the same payment method as you used to buy the purchase.

• I will not refund your original shipping cost, unless your purchase was not as described or faulty. You are responsible in all cases for the cost of returning your purchase to me.

• I will not refund you if I do not receive back the item/s you cancelled, or if your order is returned to me in a damaged, used or dirty condition.

• You must send back cancelled goods within 14 days of cancellation. Please return your unwanted goods in a re-saleable condition. That means returned goods must be in their original packaging, clean, undamaged and un-used You are free to open the packaging and try on aprons, or try a tablecloth on your table. But if something has been used and/or washed by you I will treat it as damaged and will not refund your order.

• You are responsible for arranging to have cancelled items returned to Brill and Ben safely. You are responsible for all the costs and risks involved in so doing. I will refund your return postage costs only if the item(s) were not as described or faulty.
I recommend that you use adequate packing and buy insurance for loss or damage in transit. You should use a service with both proof of posting and proof of delivery.

• For international returns from outside the EU please mark your parcel "RETURNED GOODS". You will need to make sure that you use the correct forms for your country for returning goods to overseas destinations . Brill and Ben cannot refund import duties or taxes paid by you for receipt of the goods into your country, you will need to claim those yourself, so please keep copies of all paperwork and proof of posting of returned goods to support your application for refunds of import duties and taxes.

If Brill and Ben has to pay any custom, tax or postage charges caused by your return of goods, I will deduct the cost of those charges from your refund.

CANCELATION FORM

UK law requires that I provide, before order, a form for you to use if you want to cancel your order. Please print and use this form if you really want to, but you don't have to use it:
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Tot Brill
Brill and Ben
10 Sidney Road
Forest Gate
London
E7 0EF
United Kingdom
This address is not a shop so please phone, convo or email before visiting.

Telephone: +44(0)208 534 4573 Please phone 10am-5pm, Monday to Friday - UK time.
email: brillandbenembroidery [!at] gmail.com


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Additional policies and FAQs
I take care sourcing old linens, and time and use creativity in devising and embroidering unique designs on them. I want you to love them as much as I do.

Old linens are beautiful and unique, but they may not always be as perfect as new table linens. Much washing over time may mean that they are not always perfectly square, or sets may have slight variations in size. They may have faint marks from being used and loved, and some linens may have old laundry marks. Very occasionally a little fraying to a seam might have escaped me.

I include laundering instructions with each purchase, but, if you have any questions on care or any problems with your purchase then please contact me for advice as soon as possible, by Etsy conversation, phone or email.

Brill and Ben items are suitable for use as domestic table linen or domestic aprons with proper care.

Brill and Ben are not responsible for any damage caused by wear and tear, cutting, abrasion, incorrect care, heat, prolonged exposure to sunlight, chemicals, staining, unauthorised repair, heavy wear, rough handling or other inappropriate actions.

Brill and Ben upcycled linens can be washed in domestic washing machines at around 30oC to 60oC. They should be ironed while slightly damp and can benefit from being starched. With proper care they should become future family heirlooms.

Personal Information: Etsy.com retains some customer and order information. I keep my own records of customers, addresses and sales for UK tax and accounting. I do not sell or supply this information to other parties other than my accountant and the tax collectors.

I operate from the UK mainland with all sales subject to English law, with disputes subject to resolution in English courts. The language used will be English. Basis of all values is British Pounds Sterling. Dispute resolution is also available through Paypal, Etsy or card providers (depending on payment method used)