Designer’s coronation tea towel crown’s great year

Caroline Lea with the tea towel she designed to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation
Caroline Lea with the tea towel she designed to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation
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A mother has been overwhelmed by the response to a tea towel she designed to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation.

Graphic designer Caroline Lea, of South Luffenham, set up her company The Design Mould in 2011 to start selling towels to mark the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

And last year towels to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee, featuring the rather appropriate phrase Singing in the Reign, were picked up by retailer John Lewis.

They were such asuccess that Caroline, who says she is not a royalist, designed the Crowning Glory tea towel for the 60th anniversary of the coronation.

The mother of two said it was overwhelming and exciting to see her designs being sold alongside those by Cath Kidston and Emma Bridgewater in John Lewis stores and online.

Her tea towels are also sold at Buttercross House in Oakham and on her website.

She has also been selling mugs featuring the same design but it is the towels, priced at £9, that have been the real success.

Catherine said: “Last year was a great year and it all just happened so fast.

“I hope it can continue growing from here. After all I can’t live off royal events forever!”

Catherine has also been selling Rutland products at Rutland County Museum and already has designs for when the royal baby arrives.

To find out more visit www.thedesignmould.co.uk.