Tag Archives: vintage textiles

BOOK REVIEW: V&A PATTERN LIBERTY & CO

My Mum bought me this dinky little book for Christmas. She must have sneaked it in her shopping bag when we visited Liberty together in December. The book, called ‘V&A Pattern Liberty & Co. is a historical look back at how Liberty began, and more importantly, a catalogue of the Liberty fabrics held at 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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A BIT BONKERS: TEXTILES & UPHOLSTERY

1. Everything pink and everything geometric (is it wrong that I LOVE this).

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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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BOOK REVIEW: THE PRINTED SQUARE

I was perusing the aisles of Waterstones recently – I like to see what crafting/business books are out every now and again – and I came across this: The Printed Square by Nicky Albrechtsen. Ugh. Practically no text, just pages and pages of gorgeous vintage handkerchief visuals. My kind of book.

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PRINT, DESIGN & WINE

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to Art, so when I was invited to go along to the opening of an art gallery exhibition at the University of Bournemouth at their Atrium Gallery last week I was a little nervous. To my delight it was a […]

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DELIGHTFUL VINTAGE WINDOW DISPLAYS

Over the past few months I’ve been collecting some images of this little bookshop around the corner from where I live. It’s called The Winton Bookshop. I’m afraid it doesn’t have a website, but perhaps that’s why I just love this place. It is a traditional old second hand bookshop where you have to rummage. […]

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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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