Skimming Stones

Very excited to discover a new addition to Scottish textiles. Designer, Laura Tulloch lives in Banchory, in Royal Deeside and has launched a range of fresh printed fabrics, with a distictive summery palette called Skimming Stones.

Interested to find out more about her and what inspired the collection, I asked her for an interview.

Laura, tell me a bit about your background ?

After graduating I spent a few years working in publishing as a Production Editor in Edinburgh. I later moved to Singapore with my family for two years and on return took up a position in the NHS as a Publications and Promotions Officer. I moved to Aberdeenshire in 2005 with my husband’s work –  spending some of my time helping local charities and bringing up my two girls – one has now left home and is at University and the youngest will hopefully be going next year.

Did you study art and design?

No, but I wish I had. I have always dabbled in creative pursuits and have attended numerous courses/classes over the years. I stumbled across surface pattern design after attending a screen printing class and was hooked from the start. After completing a few surface pattern design courses I took the plunge and decided to turn what was essentially a hobby into a business at the end of 2017.

I know your daughter is studying textiles at Heriot Watt university. Is there any crossover between you?

Not yet, but hopefully sometime in the future. My daughter was partly to blame for the move into surface pattern design, however, as it was her insistence that I tag along on the screen printing course to keep her company. She was thinking about a university course in textiles and wanted to try screen printing out. I unexpectedly fell in love with the process, but Charlotte felt otherwise! Hence she now specialises in weave.

Can you tell me about the fabrics that your designs are printed on?

I print on cotton/linen mix fabrics suitable for a variety of uses, but in my case primarily for the interiors market.

Tell me what inspires your design work?

Lots of things inspire me, but I guess nature is the main influence. My latest collection was inspired by a family holiday to Cornwall – we were so lucky to have had the most fantastic weather and saw it at its best. I love anything to do with water though and particularly the sea – lots of calming colours and light especially in my home as I find this lifts my mood and generally makes me happy. The name Skimming Stones comes from lovely childhood memories of skimming stones for hours on St Margarets Loch in Edinburgh. It seemed to fit with what I was trying to achieve with my fabric designs and business brand. 

Perfect for a relaxed, soothing interior. Laura’s gentle colour choices and delicate, simple floral patterns and subtle geometric repeats are lively but very easily lived with. I cannot wait to see them in homes we photograph. Do have a look at her website and order some fabric for new curtains and blinds or an upholstery project. This very new collection will give your home a stunning, contemporary edge.

Laura Tulloch


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