Aah, the wonders of Pinterest… Without which, I may not have stumbled upon this glorious little textile operation. Joy Bates is the design vision behind Seven Gauge Studios, a vibrant textile company based in Nottingham, UK. Having taught herself how to use a knitting machine (and making a sweater for her dad – a starting place as good as any, really), she began crafting beautiful pieces for several independent retailers and design houses. A few years ago, she launched her own label that features brightly hued cushions, scarves and blankets in graphic patterns. At this time, all work is made to order – click HERE to learn more.