We’ve lined the inside of the door panels to our workshop with offcuts from the thermal blinds, ssems to have done the trick! Now its getting chilly we are working hard to finish your orders promptly and enjoying working with our new fabrics.
We’ve had some great publicity via the Homes & Design section of The Independent early in December (pics here but theres no online version) and a similar piece in Homes & Property. If you’d like a quote just send us a photo of your windows and the sizes & we’ll do the rest. See our ‘ordering‘ page for measuring details.
Article on keeping warm in The Independent
Photo of a thermal blind from The Independent article
We’ve had some really lovely pieces written in the last couple of years, the latest being on the blog ‘All Things Bright & Good‘, a lovely blog by Judy who I met at a Frome ‘Jelly’ (an event where home workers work together for a day). She has written a book about homeworking & also runs the blog ‘Working from Home Wisdom‘ which is full of great tips on homeworking and there did an article about me in unusual home working jobs.
Judy gave me her loft-stored sewing machine when I first set up, it was her 18th birthday present so very special! It was my workhorse for two years til I bought my amazing Pfaff.
The She-Shed and Pfaff
We also got a mention by Julia Kendell in the Sunday Times, by Roger Hunt on ‘old windows need not be cold‘, a very fascinating blog, and I believe we are mentioned in his book too ‘Old House Eco Handbook‘ (must get a copy!)
“Heavy lined curtains are a tried and tested way to keep in heat, but there are more effective options. “A clever solution is thermal blinds,” She recommends a new product by the designer Katy Duke. Her thermal blinds lock onto the frame with magnets and are made with materials used in skiwear.
“As an alternative to replacing windows there are a variety of low impact and cost effective alternatives:
Rattling windows may be wedged or, with sash windows, a fastener with a cam action which draws the two sashes together can be fitted.
Shutters and heavy curtains reduce draughts and keep heat in, especially if they’re closed before it gets dark so the warmth of the day is retained. One further step is to install thermal blinds which incorporate a variety of insulating and reflective layers designed to minimise conduction through the fabric.
We also got a lovely write up in Blinds & Shutters magazine when Katy won the PEA Award.
The next article expected is in The List, a very popular local magazine. Check out the December issue!
Sunday Times article by Julia Kendell
Article in Blinds & Shutters magazine
A lovely new patterned & textured fabric range is now available. We have spent weeks testing to ensure that the fabric is suitable for our five layers & now bring you the ‘Classic’ range. There are 39 different fabrics to choose from. Download a pdf showing the range here. Email us with your window details (photo & size) to firstname.lastname@example.org & we will send swatches.
Thermal blind in ‘Tuscany moss’ fabric
New ‘classic’ range – sheet 1
New ‘classic’ range – sheet 2
New ‘classic’ range – sheet 3
We exhibited at the Regen SW RE Marketplace on 8th April at Westpoint, Exeter – stand Sh 15 in the ‘Community’ section (by the catering stall!). Download a leaflet here. We launched the new fabric range, well received!
See us at Sh 15 in the Community section
The Exhibition: Featuring over 100 south west companies including, renewable energy installers; construction companies; training providers; manufacturers, consultants and advisors; energy assessors; financiers and banks and installers of energy efficiency measures. You should be able to meet everyone you need for a project here under one roof.
Outside: A showcase of green cars (including test drives), charging points and smart energy solutions.
Demos: In the middle of the exhibition hall there will be a number of demos.
The Talks: We have lots of talks on the different renewable energy and energy efficiency options for you. These include individual technology overviews, updates on policies and funding streams. Specialist talks for farmers, communities and the arts sector.
The Conference: A high level overview of the sector. Designed for those who are already developing projects or those looking to explore complex policy areas or opportunities.
The show really is the place in the south west where anyone with an interest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainability all meet up. We look forward to seeing you there so please drop by our stand and say hi & please bring a friend with you!
I’ve been asked many times for a brochure & have finally prepared a simple leaflet which you can DOWNLOAD HERE (or see the image below) – its just a single A4 sheet with some images from the Retrofit projects and a small amount of information. If you want the full (large file) technical report you can download it HERE and if you’d like fitting instructions they are available HERE. Typical fixing details can be downloaded HERE.
I’ve also made up some sample packs, so if you’d like to see fabric & component swatches or know someone who might like a pack just email me on email@example.com Continue reading