Monday, 19 December 2011

The Future of Vintage Fashion?

Have you ever wondered if the clothes we buy and wear now will be 'Vintage' fashion in 30 or 40 years time? Or will they stand the test of time? Is high street fashion made well enough to last that long or will the throw away society that we have become mean that it all ends up as landfill or shredded for recycling?

Dani, the daughter of a friend of mine has written a thought provoking blog post for a university assessment on this subject.
Her research was done in Cardiff, but it is relevant to other areas too.

Here's the link to Dani's blog - please read it and comment on it. She needs to get lots of people to read and comment on her blog as part of an assessment for her print journalism masters.

The post certainly made me think about the items I make.I use vintage fabrics, embroidered linens and handmade lace, but am finding it increasingly difficult to source and buy pieces at a reasonable price.
Charity shops, who used to almost give away old curtains, embroidered table cloths, tray cloths and napkins, are now labelling all things 'old' as vintage and charging a fortune!
And there is always competition at auctions, which then pushes the prices up.

I do think well made curtains and soft furnishings will stand the test of time and will always be available as 'vintage' buys in the future, however.The fabrics I'm often given for commissions are beautiful and the curtains I make from them will probably (hopefully) not be thrown away at the end of their usefulness - more than likely resold or given to charity.

But who embroiders now, or makes lace? In years time all the linens will have been sold and there will be nothing to replace them.
But then perhaps we will go bonkers for machine embroidered items and mass manufactured lace and trimmings!

What do you think?

Friday, 9 December 2011

Deck the Halls......

......well, the sitting room and dining room!

Always a real tree, adorned with
red and gold, a touch of silver and cut glass
and lots of tiny lights......

.....candles and shiny red baubles on the mantlepiece.

Fairy lights in the hearth

Christmas bunting and decorated twigs on the dresser...
with a charity shop pressed glass dish, loaded with mercury glass baubles from TKMaxx
and a charity shop decanter engraved with tiny little stars. 
Just the thing for my homemade sloe gin, and, when that's all gone,
the cherry brandy I made last summer. 

Gosh, I have had those twigs for over 22 years! 
they have somehow escaped 
attack by mice in the attic.
 Not so lucky, some years ago, was a faux foliage wreath - 
all the (polystyrene) berries had been shredded and eaten.
What did the mice find so tasty?

Purdy dog finds all this decorating lark soooo tiresome....

Purdy - you have no sense of decorum!

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Pretty Goods stall at Kitsch and Stitch

Saturday 3rd December - our third Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' Fair - a Christmas extravaganza!

Linda (especially) and I have been working hard at it for the last few months
 to make sure this fair was our best yet!
And it was!

Linda on the left and I'm the other one!

We don't charge an entrance fee so it is difficult to know how many came through the door,
but we were very, very busy throughout the day.

I gave the task of photographer to my lovely girl Tess, 
and she took 100's!!
I have edited and posted the best on the Kitsch and Stitch facebook page.

But ....
I thought I would post some photos of my own stall on my own blog!

Ipad sleeves, glasses cases, pot holders and coasters.

'Granny made' (by my mum) baby socks.

Vintage needlepoint made up into a bag, vintage embroidery needlecases and pin cushions,
vintage fabric and lace make-up bags.

'Granny made' baby hats - love the Christmas pudding beanies!

Vintage embroidery and fabric used for needlecases, pin cushions, 
large and small scissors cases.

Velvet lavender hearts, hand sewn felt hearts and Christmas mini bunting.

Recycled and vintage linen cushions

Recycled fabrics gadget cases

Further pictures, of all the other stalls, will be 
added to the Kitsch and Stitch blog soon.
(when I have fully recovered!)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Hot and Sunny Sunday Morning Walk.

Sunday Morning - early-ish, about 8.00am.
The sun already quite high in the sky,
 and already very warm.

Purdy, in a hurry to get to her favourite place.
She takes no notice of the bullocks, they take no notice of her - just calmly 
munching away on the dewy  grass.

Organic pasture and organic, Silcocks Farm, cattle.

The Autumnal leaves positively glow in the hazy morning sunshine.

At the top of the field you can see for miles across 
the Kentish Weald.
The landscape studded with the white cowls of oasthouses.

Blackberries still hang like jewels in the hedgerow.

and rosehips, shiny red against the 
cloudless, vibrant blue sky

.........and then my camera battery ran out!!
The last hot, sunny day of our Indian Summer 
and I could take no more pictures.....

We enjoyed the rest of our walk though, and 
I came home with a bagful of 
lovely, plump blackberries -
probably the last of the season.

They are now in the freezer, soon to be added
 to Vodka  and sugar, 
to make a lovely liqueur
for the new year. Mm mm mmmm!!!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Completed Pretty Goods commissions

One Roman blind - all 2.30metres of it, packed up and ready to go!

.....and this fabulous needlepoint cushion.

The needlepoint was very off grain when it was delivered to me,

so last night I pinned it to my work table,
 pulling and pinning it square and steam pressed it.

I left it to dry out overnight and this morning
 it was on grain and beautifully square.

I made some piping from the backing fabric and stitched it around the cushion.

Added a back, a zip and an inner.

Ready for delivery!

Monday, 5 September 2011

I have been making.....

all cut out and ready to sew.
Eight altogether - for a commission.

piping all made and ready to overlock...

overlocked and ready to sew on....

sewn on!

Zips sewn in.....

All sewn together.....

Turned to right side and filled!

All done!

(Cushion tutorial on my Sew Good blog very soon.)

in vintage and reworked fabrics
for the recent Kitsch and Stitch fair

Gadget cases....
Ipad cases

laptop cases....

and Kindle cases.

All due on Pretty Goods soon.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A new place of work.

From here

To here

I decided to move out of the workshop in the garden to a room in the house.
The room was a study/office and needed redecorating.

So I paper lined the walls, painted the ceiling, walls and all the woodwork
and laid a looky-likey slate laminate floor from Wickes.
Which, incidentally, was incredibly easy to lay!

As I moved out of the garden workshop, my son move in with his drums and many guitars.
Luckily for the neighbours it is really well insulated and pretty sound proof!
And I moved most of my fabric stash and sewing stuff into my new room!

I loved working in the workshop, but I'm loving working indoors even more!
The new room is light and bright, and I can look out onto the front garden,
 the road into town and passers by.
I can see who is coming to the door, get the internet, and work and
 keep an eye on dinner cooking at the same time!

My fabric stash is more accessible and looks lovely on the shelves

I thought I might paint all these Ikea storage drawers, but I found a
local hardware shop sold Fablon in some really pretty prints.
I used two different ditsy florals to cover the front and tops of all the drawers.

And made some pretty curtains for the window

Since moving in I have been busy making lots of goodies 
to restock my stall for our Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' fair.

Some linen make-up purses in progress;

Lots of gadget cases, Ipad and laptop cases

And some lovely cushions for a commission.
(more about these in another post).

Six more of these to finish tomorrow!