Vintage Fabric Finds on eBay & Etsy

Hello and oops! It’s been a while since my last post. The reason? SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION.

I have a customer who is both a copy writer and SEO expert so we traded cushions for advice. It was such good advice that I’ve spent the last three weeks updating the layout and all the copy on my Fabulous Vintage website.

As I still have a lot to do, I’ll keep this one short and sweet.

There has been lack of good vintage fabric finds on eBay UK over the last few weeks. I suspect the reason is, the British are out there soaking up the last few rays of summer sun and not scouring the attic for things to sell.

eBay UK:

I’m afraid you won’t find this beautiful vintage bark cloth fabric on eBay now, as I’ve just bought it to add to my collection. It will be winging its way to Australia soon, so you’ll be able to find it on my website at the end of October. I was immediately attracted to the beautiful rainbow colours and as soon as I realised it was barkcloth I snapped it up. All four metres of it, yippee!

Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Rainbow Floral

eBay Australia

I’m loving barkcloth at the moment and there is a beautiful piece on eBay Australia for sale by Vintage Linen Cupboard. I’m undecided whether or not to bid on this piece. I really love it and could imagine it made into a beautiful bedroom lampshade…decisions, decisions.

Vintage Fabric Barkcloth Pink Rose Sprays

eBay USA

This gorgeous piece is located in Michigan so will be costly to shop to Australia, however it’s so pretty it might just be worth it. This lovely fabric would be fabulous made into kitchen bench seat or kitchen chair cushions with a pair of curtains or tablecloth to match.

Vintage Fabric Cotton Blue Floral

Etsy

I’ve just stumbled across a gorgeous vintage fabric shop on the ever wonderful Etsy. It’s called Fabbits and is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Here is a gorgeous piece, currently for sale in Olga’s shop.

Vintage Fabric Cotton Vibrant Floral

That’s all from me today folks!

Until next time,

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.

eBay.com

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

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Vintage Fabric For Children

I’m so excited to introduce the first in a selection of vintage retro fabrics for children.

My favourite so far is Sanderson’s ‘Puss Puss’ from the 1960s. It’s a wonderful cotton print fabric featuring cute stylised cats and mice in peachy orange and yellow with sprigs of flowers on an off white background. Perfect for quilting or as a feature matching cushion and lampshade set in a little girl’s bedroom. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Another gorgeous Sanderson fabric is ‘Spot and Friends’. I was thrilled when I found this large piece in a pink, yellow and green colourway and in pristine condition.  It also came in a blue, pink & purple colurway which I would dearly love to find. Such a gorgeous pattern featuring cute cats, mice, rabbits and butterflies amidst pretty flowers and of course ‘Spot’ the dog is there too. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Isn’t this piece below lovely too? Is was quite expensive, more than I usually spend but I couldn’t resist. My guess is that it’s from the USA but I can’t be sure as it’s a smallish piece with only ‘House & Home’ in the selvedge. Again, wonderful for quilting or for a little girl’s bedroom. Click here or on the image to buy in my shop.

Many of my fabrics would look great in a boy’s or girl’s bedroom. The images below may give you some inspiration.

Beautiful vintage fabric bunting

Just a reminder to visit my shop or vintage fabric gallery to buy or to enjoy browsing images of beautiful vintage fabrics.

As always, thanks for reading.

Bridget

Beautiful Poppy Fabric – Vintage & Modern

I love poppies and any textile with a poppy print immediately grabs my attention. Here is a gallery of favourites.

First (of course) is the fabulous Sanderson ‘Floppy Poppy’, an iconic Art Nouveau inspired print designed in 1967 for Sanderson Fabrics by Diana and Derek Collard. lt’s a vibrant pink, red, gold and green psychedelic furnishing fabric in a gorgeous medium weight satinised cotton. This design provided the inspiration for Fabulous Vintage and my logo. I’ve found 3 meters of this fabric recently and it’s on way to Sydney from London as I write.

Another favourite is Sanderson’s ‘Rhea’ from the 1970s. It’s a stunning vibrant screen print of stylised poppies and foliage on an off white background. So far I’ve found it in three colourways. This fabric is also a wonderful satinised cotton.

Sanderson released ‘Athene’, another flamboyant poppy design, a few years ago. It is based on the 1970s print ‘Rhea’ above and has a retro feel reminiscent of that era.  It was woven in cotton and viscose onto a beautiful satin. This image of ‘Athene’ below is taken from Home Portfolio

Other favourite (modern) poppy fabric includes ‘Oriental Poppy’, also by Sanderson and pictured below.  Huge open poppy flowers in an exuberant arrangement, available in five colourways in both dark and light backgrounds.

The fabric below is ‘Tree Poppy’ from Sanderson’s vintage collection. As I understand the design is from the 1920s and it’s Art Deco style would have been considered very contemporary when first produced.

Marimekko

Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Arimi Ratia. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric.

Marimekko’s bold fabrics and bright, simple design strongly influenced late 20th-century taste. Many of the early Marimekko designs, including Maija Isola’s Unikko (below), remain in production today.

Another favourite poppy fabric is ‘Big Poppy’ by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller fabrics. I love the deep red pink colour of the flower petals.

Susy Pilgrim Waters is an illustrator, designer and painter whose work is used extensively in print advertising, book and magazine publishing, and commercial licensing. These images are taken from her website.

I’m currently researching for my next blog post about retro crochet fashion and home décor. Check back in a week or so to see more fabulous colourful pictures.

Thanks for reading.

Bridget

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Fabulous Vintage In Situ – Kirribilli, Sydney

A beautifully sunny and airy house in a cosy Kirribilli street is brightened with Fabulous Vintage cushions.

The top image vintage fabric poppy cushions are made with Sanderson 1970’s ‘Rhea’ fabric and they look amazing. The cushions below are made with Giltex marigold vintage fabric and are in reality for the master bedroom. They were custom-made to fit an existing pair of cushion inserts. There wasn’t quite enough light for a photo of the bedroom but they look fabulous on the sofa too.

A big thank you to ‘Gaynor The Trainer’ who lives in this super house with her husband Paul and their 2 lovely children, for decorating your sunny abode with Fabulous Vintage cushions!

Fabulous Vintage In Situ – North Sydney

Fabulous Vintage In Situ – North Sydney, Australia. March 2012

Two beautiful cushions and a cylinder lampshade make a great impact in our neighbour’s gorgeous Victorian terrace in North Sydney.

This fabric is a stunning floral screen print sourced from the UK called ‘Desdemona’ and designed by Grace Sullivan in the 1970s.

It looks brilliant against the matt black leather sofa.

    

Vintage Heal’s Fabrics from the 1960s & 1970s

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post so I’d better get writing, today about Heal’s UK. In addition to a super website and online shop (that ships to Australia hooray!) they also have a great blog Heal’s Reveals, the name says it all.

I’ve sourced information from Heal’s website and the V&A museum for this blog post.

Heal’s department store dates back to 1810 and has an interesting history. Ambrose Heal, company director during the early 20th century, designed both Arts and Crafts and modernist furniture. Tom Worthington was Heal’s Design Consultant during the sixties. He was among the first to invest in contemporary textiles. Worthington had an open-minded approach to buying fabric designs and chose new schemes from freelance designers and art school graduates. Heal’s then worked together with the designers to come up with a range of colourways in which to print the fabrics. Tom Worthington believed some of these designs would set trends for the future.

In the early sixties they bought designs with geometric shapes and later Pop and Op Art-inspired motifs. Even later, towards the end of the sixties and early seventies flower power and revival patterns featured.

Favourite Vintage Heal’s Fabric Designs

‘Volution’ is a screen printed cotton satin furnishing fabric designed by Peter Hall for Heals in 1969.

The end of the 1960s saw an Art Deco revival featuring intensely coloured motifs inspired by abstract painting. The fan shapes in the centre of the design resemble thirties modernist decoration. However, the orange and brown colour scheme marks it as dating from the late 1960s.

‘Indian Summer’ is a screen printed crepe cotton furnishing fabric designed by Jyoti Bhomik for Heals in 1966.

Bhomik was a young designer born in India and originally trained as a graphic designer. He designed exclusively for Heals’ in the sixties. The late 1960s was a time when the West was fascinated by Eastern cultures, hence the name of this fabric. The floral motifs resemble the psychedelic artwork found on posters, record sleeves and underground publications.

Bhomik’s ‘Indian Summer’ design has provided inspiration for Heal’s vibrant Indian Summer bed linen and layering collection pictured below. A brightly coloured modern take on the original retro design intricately embroidered on a white cotton base.

      

Pictured below is the beautiful ‘Watermeadow’  by Colleen Farr designed in 1964.

Colleen Farr taught on the Textile Design Course at the Central School of Art and Design from 1966 for over twenty years. She also designed for Liberty’s, Heal’s, Tootal and others.

This gorgeous print has been adapted by Galison into some very pretty stationary.

Wonderful to see a modern fresh approach to these gorgeous retro designs.

Finally, my favourite vintage Heal’s fabric ‘Flower Shop’ designed by Hansjurgen Holzer in 1967. Gorgeous!

I have one Flower Shop cushion available for sale in my online shop.

   

My next blog post will feature vintage Sanderson fabrics including some of my all time favourites.

Bridget

‘Floppy Poppy’ Sanderson Fabrics (1967)

What better way to start my blog by introducing my all time favourite fabric ‘Floppy Poppy’.

‘Floppy Poppy’ is an iconic Art Nouveau inspired print designed in 1967 for Sanderson Fabrics by Diana and Derek Collard. lt’s a vibrant pink, red, gold and green psychedelic furnishing fabric and was part of an attempt to attract the growing youth market at the time.  ‘Floppy Poppy’ provided the inspiration for Fabulous Vintage and my logo. I have found this fabric 5 times in the last 10 years and I am always on the hunt for more. To buy cushions visit my online shop.