26 September 2016

one of the reasons

One of the reasons autumn is my favorite season.

back to textiles soon.

22 September 2016


Two more vintage Liberty scarves have been added  to my  ever growing  ( out of control ) collection.

I suspect the above is from the late 1970s.  The colors are richer than the photos, rather like the Haider Ackermann fall collection, that I am currently obsessed with.
 Although, in truth, I am more of an M&S kind of girl

The tomato paisley is pre WW11, and even I cannot get the stains out!

16 September 2016

I wish I hadn't done that.

A delightful lightweight 1930s quilt, nearly all printed feed-sacks,  with a wee print backing,  in my favorite block.  Log Cabin.

The edges were a bit frayed, so I decided to unpick the knife edge and turn the back print to the front to bind.

Nearly all hand pieced, the batting is partly a very threadbare pink damask cloth or spread that had itself been patched. I also spy some bits of  curtain lining,  Nicely, but sparsely hand quilted in baptist fans, perhaps our maker could not afford more thread, its obvious she did not mind the work.

I have not done a very good job, I wish I had
a...tacked a protective binding around the edge or
b...redone a knife edge, though the original was finely stitched   or
c...left it alone.
I wonder what story this  typical depression era beauty has to tell.

08 September 2016

Everybody is doing it

Everybody is doing it.........publishing  photographs of their tomatoes , that is.

picked yesterday

picked this morning.

Back to textiles next week.

05 September 2016

Hens Teeth

As delightful as they are

its like pulling hens teeth to persuade my visiting grandchildren

to model scarves for my etsy shop

All except the youngest, who lives near by.

 He got into the sari basket, calls it his 'dragon' box.

28 August 2016

market morning

Sunrise along St Clair Avenue as I drive to the Brickworks Saturday morning market.  The whole street is bathed in a golden glow, but I had to wait until I stopped at the traffic light befor I got a picture.  I did not want to test my photography skills whilst driving. 

Lots of disused industrial building supplies to display my wares.

This gorgeous 19th century quilt in saturated colours was thrown over some old scaffolding.
It would look terrific in the lobby of an apartment block or office tower, but alas, no big real estate mogul came my way.

But, this customer dropped by to show me how she wears the turn of the century child's dress from Constantinople that she acquired from me a few weeks ago.

Her mum assures me the fine cotton lawn washes like a dream. Its never to early to appreciate vintage.

11 August 2016

what do you know?

That very bad, Tialys,.....her name is Lynn, could not  help herself.  She just had to buy scarf 1000 from my etsy shop.

I must say the front page looks good .  Do you think 1000 sales inspires confidence?
I daresay 1001 is going to look good too.

Lynn, a blog buddy, also has some on- line shops.

LaManche, her French antique shop , she has a bold 'eye'. 

Ouafouaf - where she makes doggie accessories. Its looking good Lynn and I see you have lots of sales.
Tialys, stocked with handmade goodness

Thanks Lynn,  does this also gives me permission to buy some new stock????

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