Introducing: Seagull artisan baby mobile
My love of fabric is no secret. I have always been drawn to natural materials: silk, linen and cotton. Even as a child, my mother would make our clothes by hand and let us choose the colours and patterns. This interest has followed me all my life, along with the instinct to reach out and feel the stitching; the delicate marks left by those who create.
This is what drew me to these beautiful artisan baby mobiles. Each seagull mobile is created individually by a maker in France. They are designed and crafted by one person in small quantities to order. Made without hurry, the hand stitching and tiny details on each bird is exquisite and evidence of the many hours of love that goes into making them.
I cannot stop admiring the subtle flecks on the tail, the tips of their 13cm wingspan and the touch of yellow on the beak. They are firm and durable, the bodies filled with 100% wool and covered with natural cotton and linen. A single thread extends from the centre of their wings to a gorgeous hanging ring wrapped with delicate fabric.
My favourite thing is the way they twirl. Once hanging, they slowly spin with the softest touch or breeze. Designed to fly alone, they also look great as a pair fixed at different lengths. Even after a baby outgrows their handmade mobile, these seagulls are so decorative that they look just as good as a decoration in the window or to brighten up a room.
The patterns – dotted or striped – are also important. Newborn babies see in black and white for the first few weeks. Their vision extends to only around 10 inches. A handmade baby mobile gives them visual stimulation and lulls them to sleep. In their waking hours, it also encourages them to reach up ... and what better thing to reach for than the sky?