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After 10 years working as a knitwear designer for a number of international fashion brands, Melanie has turned her expertise to furniture, creating one-off contemporary designs from antiques sourced from auctions and markets across the UK. Trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s College, Melanie’s ability to create exquisite, textured fabrics which is individually knitted and felted for every project has drawn attention from clients and press all over the world. Each project starts with the frame itself – anything from a Victorian nursing chair, to a vintage occasional table– which is painstakingly stripped back, before being restored and/or reupholstered using traditional techniques. This blank canvas is then covered with a series of hand-knitted panels. Melanie undertakes the entire process herself and everything, from the restoration and upholstering to the individual, crocheted buttons, is done by hand. The result of this incredibly labour-intensive process is a stunning and unique work of art, destined to be a future family heirloom. Melanie’s work is now sold at outlets worldwide including Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and Wolf & Badger in London.
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  • Acorn Blanket Pattern

    This cosy warm extrafine merino blanket pattern designed by Melanie Porter is perfect as a throw for your bed or sofa but it will also keep you snug while you are relaxing reading your favourite book or catching up with the TV soaps! It is also machine washable.

    £27.00 wool and pattern

  • Chunky Cable Cushion Pattern

    This Chunky Cable Cushion designed by Melanie Porter is the perfect embellishment to brighten up your sofa or bed and make them fashionable again. But do not forget they are not just an object for beauty, but comfortable and extremely soft too!

    £22.10 wool and pattern

  • Acorn Hat and Booties Pattern

    Especially designed pattern by Melanie Porter For Todds Hand Knits is Extrafine Merino Double Knit, Machine Washable Wool. This Hat and Booties will keep your baby nice and warm and snug.

    £15.00 pattern and wool


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