Tuesday, 15 July 2014

If only fabrics could speak !

 If only fabrics could tell us how they arrive in such odd places!!
I reconised these as very fine white work hand embroidered on the finest lawn , they are actually " bonnet backs " from the National costume worn in the Touraine region ( near Tours ) some one has made them into mats but they would frame beautifully or grace anyone 's lace collection.
There are 12 in all and all different.
The central flowers were all important, one was for a single lady and two signified you were married.
The bonnets themselves were very elaborate and large with these beautiful embroideries on show from behind
These came to me in London through my Web site from a 94 year old lady but her daughters knew of no French connection
My friend Olga assures me they are totally correct, I think quite a special collection
I have taken three pictures of each , one of the reverse side showing the workmanship

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Finished Latest door curtain Tartan and tweed

 Latest door curtain backed in tweed and all hand finished £90.00

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Honiton Textile Fair Feb 4th

Lovely old welsh blankets plus " cutters " for re working
 These are some of the things on offer at Hysons Fair

Add captionLarhe Filet crochet curtain in good order

a really lovely 19th century huge panel / bedcover hand embroidered a couple of tiny faults
Lovely plump eiderdown perfect condition
5 mtr lengths of pristine ticking for soft furnishing
 14 ft x 9 ft gorgeous damask

fantastic sample book circa 1907 J Claude Frere Paris

Friday, 10 January 2014

J Claude Frere Paris Sample Book 1907

 199 pages of gorgeous French fabric samples in this huge tome, if you are interested you can get in touch with me