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MY FIRST UPHOLSTERY WORKSHOP

I am still on a high from a lovely weekend with friends – or should I say ‘guinea pigs’ – at my very first upholstery workshop in the upholstery studio. Four of my closest descended from London armed with a tatty piece of furniture and a metre of fabric of their choice to spend the […]

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IT’S DANISH DARLING

I was at a car boot recently and came across a man unloading two rather interesting looking chairs. I bought them (of course) and squeezed them into the car amongst my other finds. When I got home I stacked them in the corner of my office with the rest of the ‘I must do something […]

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BRITISH TEXTILE INDUSTRY – OLD BLEACH LINEN

I was in Northern Ireland this weekend visiting my beloved cousin and her gorgeous new baby. Not one to miss out on the chance to pick up some vintage fabric, I stumbled upon a little book store with a vintage section and picked up a huge piece of 60’s unused linen by ‘Old Bleach’ a […]

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ORIGINAL DESIGNERS OF VINTAGE TEXTILES

Last month I made a last minute dash to the Fashion & Textile Museum just before it closed down it’s exhibition called ‘Designing Women-Post War British Textiles’. I’m really glad I made the effort, even though the decision was a little disastrous on the family front (my mother in law tripped over and broke her […]

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NATIONAL TEXTILE ARCHIVE AT KEW

I was watching the Genius of Design last Friday night – it’s an excellent five part series produced by the BBC showing what design is and how it affects our lives. I just had to take some (slightly skewiff) ‘on screen’ pictures on a section about William Morris.  As part of the Morris review they […]

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BRITISH TEXTILE INDUSTRY – CRABTREE FABRICS

As some of you may know I upload my vintage fabric finds to Flickr every week. Sometimes I’ll write a little something about the textile if it has the manufacturer or designer printed on the selvedge, but in general most of the fabrics have been cut and are unidentifiable. What I LOVE about Flickr is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ORLA KIELY ‘PATTERN’

Yonks ago (well, November), I bought this Orla Kiely book called Pattern from Selfridges. It’s obvious to me that Orla Kiely is heavily influenced by vintage fabric in her design and that why I have come to love her stem print and have purchased duvet covers, pots, handbags and aspired to buy pieces in her […]

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