https://thornbackandpeel.co.uk/collections/christmas-wrap

Geometric Paper Christmas Decorations

Having spotted Mince Pies for sale in the supermarket this week, I decided it was officially not too early to start making Christmas decorations. I had a folder of small ‘scraps’ of gift wrap left over from last Christmas…you know, the pieces that seem to accumulate as they’re not quite large enough to wrap a present with, but are too big to throw away. With the spirit of ‘waste not want not’ in mind, I had a look online for some paper decoration tutorials and found some printable templates which looked perfect! I decided to make an evening of it…

Sardine Tin Diorama

Type the word ‘diorama’ into Google images, and prepare to be amazed! A few weeks ago, I did exactly that and then proceeded to scroll through the resulting images with a dropped-jaw. There are some absolutely incredible miniature ‘worlds’ out there, made by some very talented and imaginative people. Inspired by all of the amazing dioramas I had seen online, I got out my paints and spent the afternoon immersed in paper-craft. You could make your diorama in any type of container….a match-box, a car-sweet tin, or a small shoe box for example. But, in line with the launch of…

Thornback & Peel's Handy Guide to the Handkerchief

A Handy Guide to Handkerchiefs

Our characterful handkerchiefs are not just for Christmas. Take a look at our handy guide to the hanky, and why we think it is an essential accessory to have up your sleeve… Show Me Your Love The handkerchief’s popularity soared in the 1700s.  Sweetly scented and highly decorated, men and women exchanged the little squares as tokens of love and friendship. In the absence of emojis, 19th century ladies used handkerchiefs to signal their amorous intentions. Handkerchief flirting comprised a complicated series of semaphore that included: Drawing it across the cheek—I love you. Drawing it across the eyes—I am sorry. Drawing it across the forehead—Look, we are watched. Drawing it through the…

pear chocolate sauce salted caramel nuts pear thornback and peel napkin

Poached Pears With Chocolate Sauce & Salted Caramel Nuts

Enjoy the best that autumn has to offer with this deliciously simple recipe for spiced poached pears topped with salted caramel nuts and chocolate sauce. Pear-fection Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that ‘there are only 10 minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat’. There’s no doubt that certain varieties seem to go from rock hard to mush in a matter of moments, so for this blog I decided to cook them. Variety Show Poaching pears softens their flesh to perfection and enhances their delicate flavour. But you do need to choose a suitable pear to cook with. Firmer varieties like Bosc, Anjou and…

Screen printing hand printing inks pear

Design Inspiration: Pear

Introducing our newest print for autumn Embrace the changing of the seasons with our latest print, a quintessentially English design that recreates the beauty of espaliered Pear trees.   Designing the print This darkly shaded two-colour illustration is something of a departure from our usual colour palette. We experimented with mixing the inks to create deeper tones of mustard yellow and golden brown which lends the design a slightly Victorian, gothic feel. Serving suggestion! The print works well as an accent colour in the dining room and kitchen and would complement the current trend for rich teals, intense blues, anthracite greys and dark wood interiors. (For…

cherry cotton tea towel on a table with a bowl of cherries

Design Inspiration: Cherry

This quintessential summer fruit has always been a favourite.    There is something so deliciously tempting about their plump, juicy redness you can’t help but eat the whole bowl. Cherries are an iconic image, and have long been used in everything from fashion and beauty to pop art. Hockney, Warhol and Lichtenstein have all fallen for these sweet, summer treats. So designing the new Cherry print for our range of homewares and accessories has been a particularly delicious project. We spent a long time mixing inks to get the exact shade of luscious red for the cherries and a lighter pink for the fill behind the leaves. We’ve designed this nostalgic…

Design Inspiration: Pigeon & Jelly

Our best-loved Pigeon illustration has been around almost as long as Thornback & Peel. One of our original designs, it has adorned everything from deckchairs and wallpaper to a limited edition screen print, perched on top of a bowler hat.   Over the years, Mr Pigeon has become something of a signature for Thornback & Peel, and featured on our business logo and shop sign. With his proudly puffed-up chest and slightly haughty appearance he has become a firm favourite with customers over the years. In 2013, when we ran a competition to name him, we were flooded with entries. The winning name was Dickin, after the medal awarded…