In her early teens Jane Porry, who owns the hand-embroidery brand Si Je Veux, was riding in Northumberland when a lost lamb spooked her horse and she fell, compressing her spine. At first the outlook was bleak, but being, as she puts it, “wooden-headed”, she defied her injuries to walk, and ride, again.
To raise money for others who find themselves disabled, Porry has created a gorgeous silk jacquard bedcover (200cm x 195cm, £1,250), backed with cashmere and decorated with Brythonic Celtic words embroidered in silk thread. “The words are those of a traditional shepherd’s counting rhyme,” she says. “Had the lamb that caused my accident been counted, things could have been very different.”
All proceeds will go to Riding For the Disabled, the charity that offers therapeutic horse riding for children and adults who have limited mobility.