Meikle Underhill Cottage, West Kilbride
+44 (0)777 909 8582
At Chookiebirdie you can always be sure that your purchase is unique and will provide pleasure for years to come.
Chookiebirdie is a small craft business owned and run by me, Lorna Reid and based on the west coast of Scotland in the Craft and Design Town of West Kilbride. I specialise in decorative accessories, gifts and bespoke cards.
My work is handstitched and hand finished using unusual and vintage fabrics often embellished with beads, buttons and embroidery. Wherever possible I prefer to use Scottish lambswool, wool Tartan and Tweed as well as high quality woollen felt.Â Much of my work is individually commissioned and made to order and can be personalised with names, dates or other messages.
I have been a self-employed textile designer since I graduated from the Scottish College of Textiles inÂ Galashiels with a degree in Printed Textile Design in 1992.Â For 15 years I worked in printed surface design â€“ and had a successful career specialising in swimwear where my bold Hawaiian style floral prints were especially popular in USA and Japan.Â I sold to a range of clients including Pringle-Scotland, Jones â€“ New York and Louis Vuitton.
My work is varied but always carefully crafted with clean lines, neat stitching and vibrant colours. I try to recycle as much as possible and find that charity shops hold a wealth of treasures and inspirationÂ - particularly the one across the road from the studio where the lovely ladiesÂ are always on the lookout for nice bits and pieces for me!
I keep an eye out for different fabrics particularly when I am travelling.Â I find that printed fabrics will often inspire the finalÂ design - almost suggestingÂ what they want to be made into! Felt is especially versatile. The variety of colours available is perfect for my work and it isÂ easy to design with.Â I also love using Scottish Tweed and Tartan and find their combination with felt stunning.