TasselandTwineDesign

Handmade macrame interiors and wedding decor

Liverpool, England

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The Birth of Tassel & Twine Design

I was born and raised in Liverpool, my parents bought their own house in the 70’s and moved in the day they got married and that is where me and my two sisters grew up, surrounded by family with a strong scouse heritage. You can imagine their heartbreak when I up and left for the big smoke in the mid 2000’s to seek my fortune not to return for over a decade! But the arrival of my own children brought me back home in 2015 and we settled in Formby, which is where my second baby and Tassel & Twine design was born.

I have always been creative, I was the kid who threw themselves in to anything ‘Arty’. I would drool over the contents of the local art store, which is where my grandparents took me as a treat while all my friends where begging for a McDonalds! I would spend hours perusing the pencils, paint brushes, chalks and charcoal and all the different variety of papers. Later on I expanded my “happy place’ to include the haberdashers. I loved buttons and feathers and anything that I could touch and stroke - I was drawn to anything tactile. I have always been that person who hoards bits and bobs ‘just in case’ they came in useful for some craft project or other.

Along with my love for visual arts and crafts I always had a passion for music, and was singled out as a vocalist from a young age. I performed in productions in the big Liverpool theatres throughout my childhood, sang at football stadiums in my teens and later toured with a variety of bands. My musical studies lead me to a complete a music degree at the Liverpool Institute of Performing arts. Afterwards I worked as a musician, session vocalist and tutor in the bright lights on London. I soon secured a job at a major record label within A&R for a number of years looking after artists and bands, before moving in to the digital and Tech industry, where I stayed as a studio and events manager for 4 years before returning to Liverpool.

Throughout my life crafting and art have always provided me with a ‘safe space’ to express myself, reflect and unwind. In a way it’s always played a therapeutic role in my life, alongside yoga and meditation. Often life can become so full and overwhelming that these vital elements can get lost impacting on your wellbeing. I experienced this acutely during my second pregnancy.

The birth of my second child it provided me with an opportunity to stop and take stock. Reflecting on my career I realised that I had transitioned from being a creative to being someone who facilitated other people’s creativity. I spent a year asking myself some tough questions, what makes me happy? Music? Art? Teaching? - I realised that as had always been the case I was happiest when I was making something. Music, Lino printing, felting, cushions, pom pom wreaths, the list goes on. I began trying out lots of different crafts. I looked at my home and asked “what would I like” on my walls, on my sofa, in my home? Can I see my creative self reflected back? The answer was NO.

So I gave myself a project. I wanted something for my dining room wall, something unique, something tactile, that was reflective of who I am. It was then, that my Nanna reminded me that, as children, my grandad had taught us the knots he had learned during his time at sea and how to use them to make macrame. I decided to give it a go. Needless to say I was hooked. I loved the fact that I was using my hands, touching the rope, string or cord, it was so TACTILE, no needles or hooks or tools, it was direct. I LOVED IT!

I started small, a practice run, no pressure, but when I finished the piece I loved it, a friend saw it and asked if they could have it for their home and so I gifted it to her and made myself another one. Then my yoga bag broke and I thought, “why not make a macrame replacement?” - it’s natural and breathable and much nicer than the nylon thing I had been using. I took the bag with me to class, and everyone asked where I got it, and could I make them one and from that moment a business was born.

I now work part time with adults with additional needs, and look after my two children in addition to running Tassel & Twine Design where I make beautiful unique interiors (wall hangings, table runners, plant hangers to name a few) and wedding decor (wedding arches, backdrops, bouquet wraps) and, of course, my yoga mat bags and sell them here on etsy.

I love the idea that a piece that I created is now in someone’s home, bringing them joy, and helping them express who they are through my art. It is thrilling to see one of my wedding arches make someone’s wedding unique and create a vibe that is so personal to that couple. It’s wonderful to have a little part of myself bring happiness into someone’s life. It’s a dream come true really.

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  • Vicki Whitby

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    Hi! I'm Vicki, Founder of Tassel & Twine Design. I create macrame and fibre art for peoples homes and bespoke pieces for special occasions. I love the idea that I can bring joy to people through my art.

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