FOF Chrissie Probert Jones is giving away a medium sized tablecloth or set of placemats (you choose!) to 5 lucky FOFs. Her company, Doodle by Stitch, features a line of products that you can draw on, wash and redesign all over again! Enter to win by answering this question in the comments below: Which would you most like to win?
Chrissie Probert Jones has held many job titles, including editorial positions at the prestigious Vogue and Marie Claire magazines. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she studied costume history, Chrissie started a textile company of her own in 2006. “My whole life, I wanted to design,” says Chrissie. “One night I was sitting up in bed writing a list, and I thought it would be so cool if you could just use your bed like a gigantic notepad.” In 2008, Chrissie but her idea into motion. “I bought a single white duvet cover and marked it up like graph paper,” says Chrissie. “I drew it all by hand, then did it digitally on the computer.” Chrissie started interviewing manufacturers at trade fairs, as well as online manufacturers and manufacturers in China to find someone to create her product. She began researching the best materials to use. “We spent a long time finding the right pens that would wash out completely,” says Chrissie, “and we had to get the safety testing done. I was very aware of safety regulations. And as a mother you want everything to be safe.”
Chrissie’s line, Doodle by Stitch, officially launched in October of 2010 with her first product, the Doodle Duvet. It won the best new gift award at the Top Drawer trade fair in London that same year. From there, Chrissie began expanding the line to include tablecloths, placemats, pillow covers, wall stickers, and aprons. The Doodle by Stitch tablecloths have become a popular item for business meetings, too. “We just had an order from the Scottish government for some tablecloths,” says Chrissie, “As well as the Google [offices] in Dublin who are using them for brainstorming sessions.” Doodle by Stitch is sold online, as well as in retail stores throughout the UK and US, including Francesca’s and Paper Chase, and has been featured in major magazines such as Good Housekeeping.
“The whole concept is about being different and individual,” says Chrissie. “I hate to have the same old stuff. I always want my home to look different. You can also personalize your life. You can write your friends a nice note on their placemat, its really quite nice.”
Five FOFs will win. (See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes October 11th, 2012 at midnight E.S.T. Contest limited to continental U.S. residents only.