Each unique product is handmade in the North East of England, near the beautiful city of Durham. The environment is at the heart of everything I do and I source materials from a variety of suppliers within the UK, prioritizing fabric due to go to landfill, where possible. As a result, the range is regularly updated with new limited edition designs.
All products are durable and made to reuse time and time again. Every attempt is made to keep packaging as environmental friendly as possible, by using recycled card for bands, tissue and durable paper envelopes for packing and posting, any plastic is kept to a minimum.
Additional help with production is sourced from local social enterprises. I outsource to Just for Women a SE in Stanley Co Durham, who offer an environment of support and learning, crafts and laughter to those who are in need of support.
Meet the designer
Ruth Jacobs is founder of Jacwicks Designs and designer of the Perch and Fabwrap ranges. She lives in the North East of England, close to the beautiful city of Durham. After many years in the corporate world, she is enjoying a more creative way of life. When she's not sewing or designing new products, she like to spend time walking in the countryside and by the sea.
The Perch Range was borne out of necessity one day on a Nordic walk in the Northumberland countryside, Founder Ruth Jacobs sat on a damp rock and had a damp bottom for the rest of the walk. She needed something to sit on that was waterproof, easy to carry and pleasing. Ruth searched for a suitable waterproof sit-mat, mini picnic blanket or picnic rug on the market suitable for walkers, campers, hikers, outdoor activities, day trippers, etc., without success. She decided to have a go herself and the Perch Range came into being:
The single person Pixy and Pocket Perches can fit into a pocket or small bags and weigh less than an average mobile phone. They open up to a full cushion size, large enough to protect bottoms from damp, dirty and dusty seating.
The Poly Perch can sit up to 2 people and comes with a handy loop for hooking with a carabiner clip to secure on rucksacks.
The Pet Perch can be used for your fur baby to sit on when out and about, in the car, or home. It keeps surfaces free from damp, dirty paws and is warm a comfy to nestle on.
The Picnic Perch is the perfect alternative to a weighty picnic blanket and seats up to 4 comfortably, with two handles for ease of carrying.
The products are handmade and have short runs of individual cover designs which increases the uniqueness of each run, once they're gone, they're gone.
Visit the Jacwicks Designs YouTube site to watch the Pocket Perch in action!.
Fabwrap is beautiful sustainable gift wrapping, that’s environmentally friendly and reduces landfill waste. Made from luxury fabrics in a range of colours, Fabwrap is the easy way to make your gifts look fabulous in no time, for years to come. The art of wrapping gifts in fabric has been around for hundreds of years, Fabwrap is based on the Japanese practice of Furoshiki. With the increasing need to reduce waste and find an environmentally friendly way to live, Fabwrap can be reused again and again and still look amazing. Forget messy sticky tape and mounds of wasted paper, just gather the fabric, tie a knot, add ribbons and decorations, then sit back and admire your gorgeously wrapped gifts.
Haberdashery on Etsy
Pop over to the Jacwicks Etsy shop to find all sorts of haberdashery from ribbons, tapes, webbing, clips, to fabric by the metre. The range is updated regularly with a variety of products.