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The unique story of Hampshire-based Seat Threads

PUBLISHED: 12:42 07 August 2017

From furniture to handbags, Seat Threads has a growing reputation

From furniture to handbags, Seat Threads has a growing reputation


Interiors editor Carol Burns is always looking for show pieces that offer up the wow factor – and have their own unique story. Enter Hampshire’s Seat Threads

Like many of the makers we feature, parenthood changed Hannah Payne’s life – giving her an opportunity to learn new skills and concentrate her creativity in a new business.

Today her textiles created from Moroccan fabrics, and her bags using the leftover materials are quickly growing in popularity – making it on to the pages of top bloggers. Her furniture has that most important of descriptions ‘handmade’ and combine vibrant fabrics with great furniture design. There is nothing factory-made here: the footstool feet are all individual pieces in their own right, reclaimed from vintage tables.

“I started upholstery a few months after having twins,” Hannah explains. “The evening classes hammering away at a vintage piece of furniture became a source of escapism for me, allowing me to transfer my identity from just being a mum into something different and creative.”

She quickly grew in confidence and began playing with more exotic fabrics. “Finding many traditional upholstery fabrics uninspiring, I started to experiment with using alternative textiles to cover furniture and soon found myself returning from trips to Morocco laden with beautiful fabrics to cover pieces with.

“I live in Sherfield English, in Hampshire’s beautiful Test Valley, it is a stunning part of the world but I also love to travel to far away places and go on adventures,” she tells me. “When I travel, I love to shop and bring treasures from those trips back with me into our home, surrounding myself with pieces which evoke happy memories or accessorising my outfits with unique items each with their own story to tell.”

She also ensures not a scrap is wasted. “There is a lot of wasted fabric, and so I also started to create a line of bags and accessories with excess materials and trimmings.” Today, Seat Threads specialises in those bags – which are fast becoming as sought-after as the most renowned bag brands – along with ottomans which are handmade to order.

“I can then help you source the fabric that is right for your home, or upholster your piece with one of my fabrics” explains Hannah. “So that you too can rest your feet upon a little piece of sunny Morocco.”


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