Tuesday, 22 May 2012
This gives a nice view of some of the many red and white tickings I brought back by the van -load from France in the early '90s They were featured in a small para. in the magazine World of Interiors and I did have visitors from all over the world wanting to buy them . Many designers bought them to copy and weave as there was no copyright on such mundane household cloths, and they raced to be the first to grab them. I was pleased to see this full page advert in a Californian magazine called Veranda as they had all been in my store a few months before. I found it amazing that they then became a global 'must-have'!
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
great deal of skill.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
|Polly Lyster in an Indigo mood Dorothy Reglar of Cirencester, working with weavers and dyers in S.W. Asia|
|Katrin Cargill launches indigo dyed hemp from Polly|
and indigo striped sackcloth from Elizabeth
A new look for old fabrics.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
|A very fine Welsh Quilt - what a bold design!|
If you want to see the very best, come along to Yarlington Textile Fair on Friday, July 6th 2012 as Jen Jones will be there with a good selection from her stores of several hundred. She is the acknowledged Queen of Quilts and her expertise and fame are world-wide. She lives in Wales and has a new Museum there showing some of the rarest and best, but also has some of the very pretty inexpensive Manchester-made machined quilts which are in delightful pastel Paisley patterns. easily washed, and very practical.
People have now discovered the old Welsh blankets in soft muted colours and stripes and Jen always has some of these as well as good value picnic rugs. She only exhibits at our antique textile fairs!
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Thursday, 3 May 2012
I met Jen Jones in South Wales and was amazed to see how beautiful the work and designs of the 19C. quilts were and started to look for them myself. I was told by the local farm people that there was no-one left making them but most could remember their families using them before cheap blankets and eiderdowns took their place. Here are two very different examples - One showing needlework on top of some beautiful fine quilting, with amusing cartoons of birds, children and flowers, dated 1901 and the other, 1875 or so, quite rustic and roughly pieced tailors' samples, enlivened with red stitching which lifts it to quite a contemporary level, in my eyes. In the days when some of the children left school in their early teens, I always thought it remarkable they had such a sure touch with their patterns, hand work and colour mixing.
No doubt they learned from the older women in the family and there was probably quite a difference between the roughly cobbled family covers, stuffed with old woollens and patches, and those destined for the dowries and best rooms of the better-off farmhouses. There were, of course, skilled quilters who travelled from one farm to another making several during a stay at the house, their names are known and their work is distinctive and recognisable. Occasionally they have dates and names sewn on them which makes them even more collectable. They are quite expensive but they are a good investment for handing down the family to be enjoyed and used.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
|Sue Stokes shopping at the beautiful Yarlington House Textile Fair a few years ago.|
|Sue Stokes Decorative Antiques, West Street, Lacock (close to The George) Open weekends.|