instrumentblankets

Protective blankets for violins, violas and cellos

Manchester, England

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Announcement    Welcome to my shop! All my blankets are handmade, either one-off or a small number from the same fabric. I take trouble to source beautiful fabrics and match them with coordinating linings and trimmings. If you don't see what you like, please contact me; I may have just what you're looking for in my stash!

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Last updated on 14 Jan, 2018

Welcome to my shop! All my blankets are handmade, either one-off or a small number from the same fabric. I take trouble to source beautiful fabrics and match them with coordinating linings and trimmings. If you don't see what you like, please contact me; I may have just what you're looking for in my stash!

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Helen Michetschlager

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Helen Michetschlager

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About instrumentblankets

Sales 133
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How a violin maker got a busy sideline in making instrument blankets

I've been a professional violin maker for thirty years, and in my spare time I love to sew. One of my customers came to the workshop with damage to her cello from the bow in the case, I had a growing stock of lovely fabric remnants, so the idea of making instrument blankets was born. After a few months I had used all my stocks of fabric, so now I'm always on the lookout for beautiful and durable fabrics for the blankets as well as high quality trimmings to finish them neatly.
I make all the blankets myself, using my sewing machine and finishing by hand. I love the hand sewing, it's quiet and soothing late at night listening to music.
I'm keen to support the next generation of violin makers, and am a trustee of the RAB Trust, which supports student violin makers. So I decided to donate the proceeds from the instrument blankets to RAB. After three years of production I have been able to send nearly £4000 to RAB, which will fund the purchase of tools, wood and cover expenses for work experience placements.

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  • Helen Michetschlager

    Owner

    I was born in London, and trained as a violin maker at the Newark School of Violin Making In 1980 I set up my own business as a violin maker, and now work in Manchester. I have always loved sewing too, so the blankets combine two major interests.

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