Shepherd’s Hut

As I wended my way across the Dorset/Somerset countryside down little lanes, I felt more and more excited.

The story first started when Kirsty of ‘Dither and Faff’ saw my work on Instagram and fell in love with the designs and the yellow ochre colours that I use in some of my fabrics. She felt they would be perfect for her shepherd’s hut B&B, which was all but ready apart from the finishing touches like cushions and blinds for the windows. After looking at fabric samples, I put Kirsty in touch with Helen, of ‘Helen Izzard Designs’, who I knew would be able to bring Kirsty’s vision into life. Helen guided Kirsty with the final choice of fabric design and once that was chosen, the fabrics were printed to order. At that time, the hut was not finished, and Helen had to walk across the fields to measure for blinds – quite an unusual brief!
What I loved about this project was the coming together of local businesses. We have so much talent on our doorstep, and so I contacted Somerset Living to share our story.

That’s why I found myself in the middle of nowhere. Somerset Living thought it was a great story and so the three of us got together to take some photos for the magazine. What a happy day that was with plenty of laughter, cake and good weather. We trundled all the photographic gear over the field to the shepherd’s hut and soon caused chaos and mayhem in a very small space!

Between us we managed to get some great photos for the Somerset Living magazine, but the best thing to come out of the day was the forming of new friendships.


Rose Garden fabric in the bedroom
Cake – there was plenty of it!
From left to right – Me, Helen and Kirsty

If you’re looking for a B&B with a difference in Dorset (and gorgeous fabrics) look at Dither and Faff

And if you’re looking for someone to make exquisite things (from gorgeous fabric) visit Helen Izzard Designs

Somerset Living – November Issue 2018