Preparing For A Magazine Photo Shoot

I had a wonderful day getting the house ready for a photo shoot with Northside.

I took a few pictures of the house before they arrived.

The article goes out on Tuesday 4th September and I can’t wait to add it to my press page.

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Vintage Fabric – Shall I? Shan’t I?

Oooo just found these two beautiful vintage fabric pieces on Etsy.

The first is an excellent quality, lightly polished cotton fabric with a wonderful orange and pink field of poppies design.

The selvedge reads: “Field Poppies A Wilson Fabric”

It’s a colourful and expressive design with the largest orange poppy measuring just over 12cm wide.

The second is a silky soft, high quality cotton.

The design features large blue flowers, green leaves and sprays on a delicate linear patterned white background.

The fabric has the original paper shop tag still attached to one corner.

 

They are both gorgeous and are begging to be given a new life.

So, shall I?

Bridget

Vintage Fabric Finds On eBay & Etsy

I realise I need to blog more frequently if I am to make it worthwhile, but what to write? I’m thinking an eBay vintage fabric watch will work well as a weekly blog. Let me know what you think about this post. I enjoy sharing my love of vintage textiles and I hope you find a bargain to add to your collection. Click on the images to go to eBay & Etsy listings.

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This gorgeous piece looks like it’s from the 1970s although the description does not say. I’ve asked the seller and she’s not sure. I’ve taken a chance and bought a 3m piece to use in a vintage fabric wall art installation at Cafe 88 in North Sydney. There are more listings for the same fabric if you want to try your luck.

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I love this Swedish retro valance from the 1970s, it would look stunning made into a lampshade, just not sure if it’s wide enough. It would also make a gorgeous table runner.  Currently a steal at £4.50.

This fabulous set of place mats from the 1960’s is priced at £19.99. Crafted from a linen fabric with a dark burgundy background and a bright splash of mod style flowers. Perfect for a garden setting and would go beautifully on the table with the retro valance above.

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Looking for retro bargains on eBay.com can be like searching for a needle in a haystack unless you are specific with your search words. On a recent visit I came across this fabulous orange fringe which I need to find a use for to justify the purchase. It’s currently at US $9.00 with three days to go.

Etsy

A hunt for vintage fabric should always include a visit to Etsy. This fab retro tablecloth from Pomme De Jour is just gorgeous.

That’s it for today’s post, I hope you enjoyed it.

Bridget

Vintage Fabric – Grace Sullivan

A wicker basket full to the brim of beautiful fabrics, ribbons and hand carved Oak wood buckles remains untouched in my sewing room. Alas, this is my yet to start belt project. I do hope to get something produced and for sale in time for Australian summer.

In the meantime I must set aside a few hours a week for my blog. After cooking, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping and the school run I don’t have much time. I’m not complaining, just trying to explain away my two week absence.

Again, short and sweet today. This week’s post showcases the work of the 1970’s textile designer Grace Sullivan. I absolutely love her work and here is a selection of favourites.

This opulent cotton sateen fabric below is ‘Ophelia’ and I have four glorious meters, enough for a pair of fabulous curtains. It features huge stylised flowers and is almost art nouveau in style. The colours are bright with shades of pale blue, turquoise, pink, lilac and deep blue. This fabric would look amazing made into cushions, lampshades or wall art.

‘Desdemona’ is another all time favourite. The stylised depiction of the real flower gives the fabric lots of texture and flow. It was avaiable in many colourways, here are four. It came in cotton, viscose and Irish linen.

Sarawak is one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo so I assume that Grace took inspiration from the flora there for this fabric of the same name below. I bought this from Anya’s Attic on Etsy.

Another popular 1970’s Grace Sullivan print was ‘Tree Tops’, also art nouveau in style. Unfortunately I don’t have great images of this fabric so I’m using this fabulous cushion image from Lucy Bates Vintage Fabrics.

I’ve just purchased these wonderful books and I’m hoping they’ll provide some much needed information on more of Grace Sullivan’s work so I can add to this post.

Until then, enjoy!

Thanks for reading.

Bridget

Fabulous Vintage