I rely on our UK manufacturers to keep this small business running & I totally love the fact that I can visit the people who manufacture tullibee products really easily. It is great to be able to put a face to a name, to see the experts at work, all the details that go into making something that often we don’t ever think about, as well as see the passion & care that goes into making a beautiful product. But, as well as all of this, knowing who makes tullibee products means that I can be certain that each & every one of the people involved are working in an environment that is safe & comfortable, they are being treated well & paid a fair wage.
All tullibee knitted products are designed in Manchester & then sampled & knitted by a small Scottish mill that has been knitting the finest quality traditional headwear & accessories for over 170 years.
Here are some pics of a handful of the amazing people who help to make all tullibee knitted blankets & cushions….
Laurence, knitting technician & maker of tullibee cushion panels
George, knitting technician & maker of tullibee blankets
Both Laurence & George are super knowledgeable about everything knitting, with each having served their apprenticeships in the knitwear industry with local Scottish knitwear manufacturers when they left school. Giving each of them a whopping 40+ years of experience.
They each use their skills to programme the machines, firstly for samples & then overseeing our small production runs, ensuring that everything runs, or more accurately knits smoothly. Thanks Guys!!
Elizabeth, hand sewer of tullibee blankets & cushion panels
Lyndsey, presser & finisher of tullibee blankets & cushion panels
Once knitted, the panels go over to the sewing department where Elizabeth carefully hand stitches any loose ends to ensure they are neat & secure before going into the washer. Elizabeth has been in the knitting & textile industry since she was 16, now with 45 years experience you certainly won’t get a better finish. Elizabeth’s other passion is music, having been a member of the operatic society & in a number of choirs over the years. Singing while you sew – what better way to spend your working day
Lyndsey has the hottest job of steaming all the panels, making sure everything finishes with neat straight edges & to the correct size. Quite a nice job in the winter but can be a bit hot & sticky in the summer!! But an essential part of getting the products spot on & looking fabulous!
I know who makes all tullibee products & I think it is important to share this information & celebrate all the wonderfully talented people involved.
At tullibee we love beautiful products, but we think it is super important that the making of our products doesn't exploit people or destroy the planet. Demanding better quality products, that affords a better quality of life to the people who make them is a step in the right direction.
As consumers we have the power to change how we shop & where we shop.
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