About the designer

Melissa Wyndham

Celebrated interior designer Melissa Wyndham was renowned for her ability to create designs that worked within historic settings, yet introduced colour and character to these traditional interiors. Beginning her interiors career in the 1970s, she founded her own company in 1985. Her work was in high demand, with a clientele of some of the UK's most exquisite stately homes, including Petworth House in Sussex, Lismore Castle in Ireland, and Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.

In 2003, Melissa Wyndham was asked to join the Board of Trustees by Lady Anne Tree. As leader of Fine Cell Work’s Design Committee, Melissa created some of our most iconic designs, including our embroidered Pineapple Cushion, and persuaded countless other designers to come onboard. She
was dedicated to our charity and will be forever missed. Fine Cell Work will be eternally grateful to her.


Support our work

By purchasing from Fine Cell Work, you are making social change. However, 75% of our rehabilitation programmes are funded through donations and grants. We know that transformation is possible - for our stitchers, for our communities, and for our society as a whole. Your support - through donations or by purchasing products - will help to break the devastating cycle of reoffending and repeated imprisonment.

£10 donation
Provides a prisoner with the materials for one tapestry cushion (100 hours of creative activity). 

£20 donation
Will enable us to continue providing paid, creative and productive work to even more prisoners around the UK, helping them to build a brighter future.

£50 donation
Sponsors a prisoner to train as a volunteer 'class coordinator', teaching and mentoring other prisoners.

£250 donation
Covers the volunteer costs of a stitching class in prison.

£500 donation
Pays for the training, materials and support for one prisoner for an entire year, helping them to rebuild a meaningful, independent,crime-free life.

By giving prisoners hope that transformation is truly possible, they can envision a meaningful life after release. But nobody tells the story of how Fine Cell Work has helped them better than the prisoners themselves:

“Stitching allows me to use a totally different part of my brain and personality. I can move away from the more difficult reflections and anxieties and feel creative and purposeful. This means I no longer feel that my life has come to a halt and that I am of no use to anyone else.”

- Tom, FCW Stitcher -

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Helen Perry
Could I love a cushion more?

Fine cell work indeed, thank you so much for this beautiful, colourful cushion. It brings joy into my home, Helen x