Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Manchester "T" Cosy

One of Steph's early comments about her new company was that she loved the fact that the team drank plenty of tea during the working day. However, they did not have a teacosy. So she volunteered me to provide one [well, not many Mums can say their they have had teacosies exhibited in Norwich Cathedral] Things sort of spiralled out of hand - Tangible Branding is a consumer research company specialising in improving brand performance through discovering insight, making connections and generating ideas. 
 
They thought they'd like one with a 'Manchester' theme. That ruled out a simple knitted one. Unfortunately the office teapot is not a regular round Brown Betty, but the 'coupe' shape. So here's what I came up with...
The brief—to make a tea cosy for the team at Tangible Branding. This was to fit the existing white china teapot, which is not the traditional round ‘brown betty’ shape.
The cosy should have a ‘Manchester theme’. I decided to avoid football, music and TV links, and consider instead the architecture of the city.
1; because of the shape of the pot, I opted for a cuboid cosy—this reflects the idea of bricks and building
2; my base colour is grey—to reflect the rain for which Manchester is famous, but more importantly, the steely determination of the industrialists and entrepreneurs who built this city.
 3; I chose 7 landmarks, recognisable by their silhouette—the Town Hall, the City Library, Beetham Tower, Urbis, IWM North, the Hulme Arch, and the Lowry Millennium Bridge. These were created in felt with machine stitched embellishments. These were then handstitched to the base.

4; Then I picked 8 streets—Deansgate [of course!] Corporation Street, Canal Street, Quay Street, Albert Square, King Street, Piccadilly and Exchange Square. These names were embroidered on evenweave linen and attached to the base.
5; The top was decorated with a spiral of machine stitching—which leads into [or maybe out from?] the centre– where there is a button with the Tangible logo.
6; Finally the cosy fastens underneath the handle with a button and loop closure. Again I stitched a T for tangible
I stitched a label with all the details, and put that on the inside. And then I posted off their Manchester T cosy

[I have to say thankyou to Bob, who provided lots of encouragement during the process - including the name]



6 comments:

  1. How clever you are!! I'm sure they will love it. My niece & her husband, and my nephew all work in Manchester. It's a good place, but not as good (natch - it's in the north west!) as Liverpool

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  2. What a fantastic job you made, Angela. You're so clever. Hope you get some tremendous feedback. You deserve it.

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  3. That's fabulous! The Hulme Arch became very familiar to us as when the girls were at uni. I miss it now that the younger one lives and works in the city centre. Our journey now takes us through Salford, which also has some amazing buildings.

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  4. You are such a fine maker! It's gorgeous! What a blessing to the tea drinkers.

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  5. A clever combination of research and crafting skills! Not an easy brief, so well done.
    We visited Stoneywell near Leicester at the weekend - a very interesting Arts and Crafts house built at the end of the 19th century.... and I realised a house you must have visited when I saw on the map how close to Kirby Muxloe it is!

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