Laura Ashley and the Bloomsbury Group

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The Bloomsbury set were group of artists and writers of the early 1900’s that included Virginia Woolf, her sister  Vanessa Bell, Maynard Keynes, Duncan Grant, Lytton Strachey, T S Eliot and E M Forster. They were considered both bohemian and intellectual and had a great influence on art and philosophy of the 20th century.

NPG Ax140432; Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (nÈe Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (nÈe Stephen) by Unknown photographer

by Unknown photographer, vintage snapshot print, July 1915

Lytton Strachey, sitting, Duncan Grant standing and Vanessa Bell on right.

The group moved to Charleston, their wonderful house in Sussex in 1916, filling it with works of art and decorated with their paintings, sculptures and fabric designs.


Laura Ashley is not someone you would immediately associate with the Bloomsbury Group, but in the 1980’s she produced a series of  fabric designs to celebrate the saving of Charleston  ‘West Wind’ and ‘Daphne & Apollo’ by duncan grant were faithfully reproduced by Laura Ashley in 1985 as well as a series of patterns some now quite familiar and widely used, other much harder to find.


‘west wind’ (above) &  ‘Daphne & Apollo’ (below) Laura Ashley 1985, after original by Duncan Grant.



‘Queen Mary’



Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.





Malvern Flea Markets

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Malvern Flea markets are organised by B2B events on the Three Counties Show ground, in the shadow of the beautiful Malvern hills .. There are about 10 a year, three on bank holiday markets, these can be huge and quite exhausting with so much to see and such a big area to cover. The flea markets here always have a casual and relaxed atmosphere, I especially like them as we often meet members of the family and friends.


There are a  huge variety of stalls, run by some lovely people, strange how I always seem to want the fabric they have used for table covering or display. here is one using St Michael ( M&S) daisy fabric from the 1970’s.


The variety of stalls is amazing, definately the place to come for vintage collectors and antique hunters. There are also people selling plants and a good variety of food stalls, a favourite in the winter months is in one of the big sheds where they sell hot chocolate with or without marshmallows..



This was such a great fun stall with lovely people too.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



What People Make with Vintage Fabric – Tim Zercie Tapestries

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Artist Tim Zercie is producing some amazing works of art using vintage fabric in his tapestries. Born in the USA he is at present living and working in London and has exhibited in both America and the UK.

Check out his website to see more of his work. Tim Zercie

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‘A family Conjuration’

I look forward to seeing more.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



Weekly Blog – Number 5 – Laura Ashley Patchwork in Ross-on-Wye

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I recently bought a huge bag of fabric pieces from someone having a clear out. It was full of small pieces of Laura Ashley fabric from the 1970’s and 80’s. I so enjoyed sorting it all out when I got home.


It brought back great memories of my patchwork making days when I was still at college. Living in a small flat in Ross on Wye, during the holidays I  would take my patchwork box to my nearest open space and stitch away using many of the same fabrics I found in this bundle.


My favourite place was  The Prospect, a lovely grassy area by the church which overlooked the river Wye. The link above is to a great website about Ross on Wye which some lovely photos of the prospect and fascinating articles about the town .

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



What People Make with the Fabric I sell – Quilts & Tweed Hearts by Lorraine.

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Over the last few years Lorraine has been buying mixed bundles of fabric from me, making unusual and interesting things with it. Here are some of the finished products which she makes and sells at her local craft fairs in the Cotswolds.

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Beautifully finished padded hearts often scented with rosewater made using different designs of tweed and liberty prints.

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Cosy cushions using 1950’s basket weave cotton and unusual edging and a great children’s quilt in a farming theme.

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Wonderful stuff.. I look forward to seeing what else this talented needlewoman will produce.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.

Weekly Blog – Number 4 – Fabric in Peckham

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There are some great markets and shops in Peckham, South London. My son has just moved there so we went exploring last weekend. Khans market sheltered us from a rain storm, then we stayed much longer than needed. They sell everything you could possible think of in an amazing old art deco building.


Loads of fruit and veg stalls are all really busy with more yams than I have ever seen in one place .


and several great fabric shops overflowing with African wax batik cottons such as Royal Textiles on Rye Lane.


The Bussey building originally making cricket bats now hosts several small businesses and exhibition spaces as well as an outdoor cinema, the photo below was taken from Franks a newly opened cafe / bar on top of an old multi-story car park which has great views over London from the roof



and a garden inspired by Derek Jarman’s in Dungeness.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



Weekly Blog – Number Three – Full of Good Intentions

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Well so much for the weekly blog I started at the beginning of April, I was so full of good intentions but I only managed to write two.. the idea was to a write short weekly piece with photos about fabric I had found or projects I had been involved in.

I have never wanted this to be a personal blog, but the reason for my 6 week lapse is because my Mum got very ill and passed away in April and I really haven’t had the heart to even think about my fabric business. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, websites and Ebay shops have seemed totally unimportant over the last weeks.

Our family in 1958 with Mum in her favourite stripey dress.

But the sun is beginning to shine again and life must go on..

I went to the Flea Market in Malvern on bank holiday Monday despite the fact I still have the pile of fabric I bought from the last one, untouched. It was a lovely day and good to walk in the shadow of the Malvern hills and chat to the stall holders. I found a few goodies and enjoyed seeing Rog (my husband) having time to search for interesting ironmongery.

Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.



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