Introducing our newest team member, Sam Lawson Howells, who is full of new creations and ideas for Eclipse.read more
I am basically a craft addict. It can’t be explained any other way. As soon as I see something hand-made that appeals to me, I have to have a go at it myself. One of my ultimate fascinations is ribbon flowers.read more
When I was asked to demonstrate gift wrapping skills at the Ideal Home Christmas in Earl’s Court last November, it took just an instant to decide to say ‘yes.’ I did wonder though whether Ideal Home Gift Wrapping would be very popular. However, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and the audiences were fantastic, all crowding round to ask questions at the end of the demonstrations.read more
When I started out as a gift wrapper, I spent a bit of time on ‘You Tube,’ as one does, assessing the competition and looking for innovative ideas. I didn’t find much that qualified as ‘innovative’ and came across a great deal that was, frankly, depressing and low quality. However, some of the oriental gift wrappers did catch my eye and over time, I began to find some ingenious gift wrapping to admire and aspire to – precision gift wrapping AKA origami and furoshiki.read more
One comment that has been made to me is, ‘why would anyone want to do a gift wrapping training course?’ In fact, there are a number of reasons why. Some people just want to wrap gifts well. Like me, they are often perfectionists to whom a crinkly, dog-eared muddle of a present, with copious sellotape holding it all together, simply is not acceptable.read more
It is possible to use just about anything to gift wrap from newspaper to greaseproof paper. However, sustainable, fairly traded Lokta paper comes in a vibrant range of colours and designs and is a gift wrapper’s dream!read more
Have you ever thought you might like to be able to wrap presents a bit more professionally?
Would you like to be able to wrap a bottle or teddy bear to look wonderful, rather than resembling a deformed Dalek or an alien from ‘Independence Day’? How DO you wrap a lipstick to perfection? Look no further!
Mother’s Day is one of those days you can’t ignore, because that just gets you the cold shoulder and a big fat zero in the ‘Brownie Points League,’ but knowing what to give and how to give it can be challenging.
Let’s face it – a bunch of flowers is not exactly original!read more