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Important 2024 Service Update

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IMPORTANT CHANGES from 1st August 2024

We have now decided to take a much needed break for a few months to explore other creative developments – after over 13 years of tirelessly building and running a creative studio and business. So we will not be running any more courses or taking any more commissions/ bespoke orders starting from 1st August 2024. All of the gift vouchers purchased and courses booked for 2024 will still be honoured, and any remaining stock in the studio is still available to purchase online before 1st Aug. We however, will not be taking on any new bookings, orders or enquiries beyond 31st July.

We hope to be running again at some point in the future, but haven’t got a definitive date set yet. Please keep on checking our website and social media for any latest updates.

Thank you so much for all of your patron and support over the years, we are deeply grateful and greatly appreciate all of it. We are very much looking forward to the next chapter of this creative journey, so please keep on checking in!

All the best,
Eliza of Moody Monday

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Important 2021 Service Update

International Orders and COVID-19 Restrictions Update

Working Cogs
Photo by: Josh Redd from Unsplash

In light of current situation with Brexit and the new strain of COVID-19; bringing itself new higher level restrictions across Scotland and more widely, the UK. We have had to adjust our operations very swiftly and as accordingly.

As a creative and a design business, this has been proven tough to juggle and predict and has had quite the impact on all area of our small operation. We are still open and trading, in spite of the restriction brought upon by Brexit and COVID-19. However, this operation will be limited until further notice.

  1. International Orders & Deliveries Suspended (until further notice)

    Regretfully, we currently have had to stop any international orders and deliveries until we can figure out what the best way forward is, following Britain’s exit from the EU and whatever implications this may impose on the business. We are anticipating in resolving this towards late January to early February 2021. So, for the time being, all orders through the website are limited to UK only.

  2. COVID-19 Restrictions on Courses and Events

    > Long and short courses that run in groups are suspended until further notice.

    All of the long and short term courses have stopped since the pandemic started last year and in light of the current situation and restrictions, we have decided to not resume the courses for the time being, we will review this situation again at spring time.

    > 1:1 courses are suspended until restriction changes.

    Our 1:1 courses will still be available for booking as soon as the restriction level is reduced and it is safe for us to resume this, perhaps much sooner than spring time, perhaps end of January, who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see. The safety of the community and of you and I are the most important thing and it’s not something I take lightly.

    > Direct (face to face) events and exhibitions are suspended until further notice.

    This applies to direct/ face to face events like open studios, exhibitions, studio visits, etc. We’re still working on new ways to connect and show you exciting work, however this is something we’re still trying to figure out as well, so check this space! Or you can sign up to our mailing list or follow us on social media to receive any updates.

The Only Way is Up
Photo by: Nick Fewings from Unsplash

Gift cards, (including e-cards) are available immediately; the perfect present for a discerning design devotee or budding print maker. Our gift cards may be redeemed on any of product or service offered on our website, i.e. bespoke services, courses, products, although some many not be available until all government restrictions are lifted. Please contact us if you have any questions about what is currently available. Your support is a lifeline for us in continuing with our craft during the pandemic.

Thank you so much for your continuous support of the arts and independent business like ours. Stay well and stay safe!

Much love,
Designer/ Maker  & Owner of Moody Monday

This announcement was posted on: Tues, 5th January 2021

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COVID-19 Service Changes

We’re still open!

As a small, independent, creative business, all of our design-led products have been crafted in small batches. As many are made to order, these products have primarily been created in isolation in our Edinburgh studio.

The Handcrafting Process
The Handcrafting Process

With this in mind, only one person has been preparing, crafting or hand finishing the handcrafted products at any one time. This has always bided well in maintaining control over the quality of our work, and now has the added benefit of working within government COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Additional measures have also been introduced within our studio & creative practices during this challenging time in order to protect everyone, and to adhere to government advice and guidelines. Our studio is still be operating, albeit on a reduced scale, and this is what we have put in place:

  1.  Temporary suspension of all activities which involve face to face or direct contact with one another, i.e. courses, open studios, site project visits and meetings, shows, fairs, etc. We will review this situation on a week-to-week basis, in accordance to government guidelines.
  2. We have put all of our custom made products and services on hold until lockdown is eased or lifted.
  3. Orders and deliveries of products will only be available on the interior accessories range, of which we have existing stock of already, i.e. coasters, placemats, selected cushions and samples. These products are all available online through our website.
  4. Orders placed for available products will be prepared in isolation in our studio, adhering to our updated hygiene protocol of:
  • All processing and packaging will take place within a regularly cleaned/ sterilized preparation area
  • Regular hand-washing
  • Regular use of hand sanitizers
  • Gloves and face masks will be worn during processing and packaging
  • Products will be dispatched and delivered using no-contact services available through the Royal Mail and selected courier services.
Additional safety measures
Photo by: Branimir Balogovic from Unsplash

Due to the current limitations, we are asking for your patience while we try to deliver the best service we possibly can under the circumstance. However there may be unforeseen delays in these delivery times.

Photo by: Michel Porro from Unsplash

Gift cards, (including e-cards) are available immediately; the perfect present for a discerning design devotee or budding print maker. Our gift cards may be redeemed on any of product or service offered on our website, i.e. bespoke services, courses, products, although some many not be available until all government restrictions are lifted. Please contact us if you have any questions about what is currently available. Your support is a lifeline for us in continuing with our craft during the pandemic.

Gift Voucher Card
Gift Voucher Card

Stay well!

Much love,

Designer/ Maker  & Owner of Moody Monday

This announcement was updated on: Tuesday, 27th October 2020

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How to: Handmade and Screen Printed Products

What exactly are handmade & screen printed products?

Handmade and Screen Printed Nebulae Linen Coasters
Handmade and Screen Printed Nebulae Linen Coasters

The video at the end of this post is a behind the scenes look at our screen print and handmade process, from preparation to the finished product of our Nebulae linen placemats and coasters.

We have had so many people asking us about what it is we do in the studio. People want to know how our beautiful designs are made and produced. Firstly, they are designed in our Edinburgh studio, by myself, and then screen printed onto either a wallpaper or fabric of the client’s choice or ones in already in our collection. It is then handmade or hand-finished resulting in an end-product that we are very proud of.

However, I still often get a puzzled look from them.


Designing can take time, as it involves researching the subject or theme of your choice.

There’s then a bit exploration to do after that. This tends to be in the form of drawings, sketches, cutting, pasting in the sketchbook, or on various sheets of paper, card.. or whatever appeals to me at the time.

I might do a separate post from this in the future – just for the designing – several posts perhaps?

Screen Print & Handmade: Eliza in the designing and drawing process
Screen Print & Handmade: Eliza in the designing and drawing process


Then there’s the preparation stage, which is 90% of where the production perspiration lies.

We first prepare the fabric or paper that we are going to print on. Then we prepare to translate the designs onto the screens, so that it’s ready for printing.

Screen Print & Handmade: Eliza in the screen preparation process
Screen Print & Handmade: Eliza in the screen preparation process

And then there’s the ink preparation.

Firstly, one must match ones ink to the design or colour swatches one has in mind with lots of mixing and ratio calculations, etc. These inks are then tested in small samples to ensure that they come out in the finish and shade that was planned.

Also, testing for wash-fastness (for fabric) is definitely a must!

Screen Print & Handmade: Ink mixing and testing
Screen Print & Handmade: Ink mixing and testing

Each of the above stages could probably take several blog posts or videos to explain on their own. They are all very time and labour intensive in reality.

But today, we are focusing on a summary only. This will give you a taste of what it looks like in the studio while the making process happens.

How does handmade and screen printing work?

Many have requested how to and behind the scenes videos to explain this process a little better. It is only recently that I have managed to get things going on the video front. So I have decided to make one to demonstrate of how we make our handmade and screen printed coasters as a starting point.

I have been making an effort to remember to record some footage when I am at work in the studio. Footage showing me making and working on the products we have on offer. This has proven to be a great challenge to do. Especially, when you’re so focused on practicing your craft and trying to do a great job, video-ing your process is the last thing your think of.

And now that I have had a stab at video editing, I can say that the footage I have taken from last year has finally made it out to see the light of day!

Here’s one for the curious minds..

I hope this helps in explaining further about what we do and how we do it.

I look forward to all of your constructive feedback. Please let me know what you think so we can come up with more and better videos.

Have a great week everyone!


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Interior Showroom Launch, July 2017

A (big) room for show

We are delighted to announce that after a few years of working together with Holster upholsterers, collaborating with them on a number of projects, they have now launch their first interior showroom House of Holster in Edinburgh.

Photo from the showroom launch: Eliza (of Moody Monday) & Jane (of Jane Nelson Interiors)
Showroom launch: Eliza (of Moody Monday) & Jane (of Jane Nelson Interiors), Photo by: House of Holster, 2017

And the best part of this? Moody Monday is a part of that showroom!

Showroom launch: Nebulae Velvet armchair. Photo by: House Of Holster, 2017
Showroom launch: Nebulae Velvet armchair. Photo by: House Of Holster, 2017

You can now browse through our fabric and wallpaper collection in this new showroom, where our complete collection sample books are there at your disposal.

Our soft furnishings from the new fabric collection, i.e. armchair, cushions, foot stool is now available for you to try out and have a feel for them in the flesh. When being bowled by the beautiful pictures just isn’t enough anymore!

Nebulae Velvet Armchair and Footstool
Nebulae Velvet Armchair and Footstool, Photo by: Daniel Dabrowski, 2016

They have been such a great partner to Moody Monday over the years. They have been fully responsible for our Nebulae velvet armchair turn out. The armchair+footstool has been such a hit with the New York design crowd. They have been a hit in every location wherever these stunning pair had landed on really.

You should visit them when you get the chance to. They also provide curtain making service and have worked with high profile clients like the G&V Hotel Edinburgh and Harvey Nichols to name a few.

House of Holster

31 Albion Road

+44 (0)131 652 1415

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DECOR Kitchens and Interiors, Feb-Mar 2017

DECOR Kitchens and Interiors, Feb-Mar 2017

I would like to thank DECOR Kitchens and Interiors for featuring our new star Aquila Hand-printed Wallpaper in their February/ March 2017 issue. It’s lovely to see that Irish interiors appreciates a little bit of contemporary too, this just makes me all warm inside!

Press - DECOR Kitchens and Interiors, Ireland, Feb-Mar 2017 - Featuring Aquila hand-printed wallpaper from our most recent studio collection in contemporary design.
Press – DECOR Kitchens and Interiors, Ireland, Feb-Mar 2017 – Featuring Aquila hand-printed wallpaper from our most recent studio collection in contemporary design.

It is the highlight to my day. Also, not forgetting to mention that Camerons in Ballymena kindly made such an effort to post this magazine over to the studio, due to not being able to find this magazine stocked anywhere in Edinburgh. I have excitedly received this in the studio today – I can’t find a website for them, so the hyperlink leads to their Facebook page instead. Thank you so much!



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Colour Advice, Episode 1: The Dynamic Coral

Colour Advice, Episode 1: The Dynamic Coral

Here in the studio, we appreciate what a fine art it can be dealing with colours (I mean, we should know this right? As we hand-blend our own especially for our designs). To make your life easier and in unleashing your creative juices, here we have collaborated with a colour specialist Karen Finlayson of Colour Elements in providing you with some specialist colour advice. In this first colour instalment, we have a special colour in the spotlight called Coral.

Coral Colour
In a similar way to a parent not recognising a favourite child it would be unthinkable for me to name a favourite colour. Yet I hold coral very dear to my heart simply because it is constantly giving and demands very little in return. It is one of the few colours that can go well with most interiors, instantly adding a dynamic energy to any room. The depth and brightness of coral will make it more, or less, appropriate for interiors depending on their own features and added in small amounts, through pattern or an accessory, coral has an uplifting effect on any interior.

Add a coral accessory or drop a soft coral cushion into a summer room decorated with washed out, dreamy pale colours and feel the energy brighten immediately. Coral is not a bright colour that pushes itself into your consciousness but once you’re aware of its presence you will never want to be without it.

– Karen Finlayson, Colour Specialist at Colour Elements –

 coral swatch


There is always that repressed stylist and designer in all of us; you know what you like and not sure quite how you can incorporate that in your interiors or how it would turn out if combined with other colours. I certainly hope that it’s been a worthwhile read for you. Let us know what you think by posting your comments through our facebook or twitter!

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Founder Focus – Topic 4: Eliza’s General Advices

Founder Focus: Meet Eliza

Topic 4: Eliza’s General Advices


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What types of training do you need to enter this field?

Training at a reputable university or college for your preferred subject seems a good start, where they try to cover most aspect of the technical side, so you’re equipped with the appropriate knowledge and tools to start you off.

During my training, I had my grounds covered pretty well in the sense of technical knowledge. I was taught about the construction of textiles, from its raw form to the yarn process, then other technical side like dyeing fabrics and screen and digital printing, all to industrial standards. I was taught the basics for all the textile design disciplines like knit, weave and print prior to selecting my speciality and focusing on that until graduating. Then I topped up and polished those skills through work-placements, by getting hands-on experience, learning from people I admire and respect, even if I did start off just observing and doing mundane tasks.

Although professional training with a reputable college or university seems the obvious route to a very skilled subject such as textile design, I don’t think it is the one and only training route there is.

If you can demonstrate a genuine interest and passion in your chosen subject, you can get your training through other means; this applies to any subject, not exclusive to design. You can teach yourself through lots of reading on the subject and then get training through apprenticeships and work experience with your admired skilled crafts-person or design studio and get your hands-on training. Skills are learned and perfected through constant practice and dedication to the chosen subject. This is why you need to have a genuine interest and true passion for the subject, or else you won’t have the energy and drive to push yourself and be better. Also, you need to have an open mind, so you don’t limit yourself too much in the sense of ideas, although you need to be more selective at the more progressive stage.

Working as a creative practitioner is a way of life, not just an occupation. It’s who you are.


What advice would you give to young people who might be thinking of starting such type of business?

  1. First and foremost, ALWAYS treat others with respect, no matter who they are.
    Starting a business is very challenging and takes a lot of hard work, so you will need as much support as you can get. Therefore, you want people to be rooting for you, NOT against you. Helping each other is also a habit I highly encourage to get into.
  2. Get advice as soon as you’re thinking about starting a business.
    There are a lot of organisations that can help in giving support and advice or at least point you at the right direction. Speak to people and communicate, people can’t offer advice or help you if they don’t know you need it.
  3. Be patient yet persevere, armed with steely determination.
    Creative business can be a slow process. You will probably have more bad days then you do good days; but one really good day tends to over-write the 10 bad days you have and makes it all seem worthwhile. This is why if you don’t love what you do with all your heart, you should probably reconsider your options. You’re in it for the long haul.