Pat Albeck – Textile designer

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Pat Albeck has always been a favourite designer of mine, her career began in the 1950’s designing dress making fabric for Horrockses. Her designs influenced by Scandinavian textiles, French and Italian fashion fabrics.


By the 1960’s she became well known for designing dress fabric for ‘dolly rockers’ one of the English boutique labels of the 1960’s, very ‘hip’ at the time and known for using model Patti Boyd to model their dresses.

The Dolly Rocker dress below courtesy of ‘OMG that dress‘. So 1960’s..


During the 60’s and 70’s Pat Albeck continued designing dress and interiors fabric, as well as wallpaper and tea towels, many for the newly formed National Trust.

The ones below of Styal Country Park in Cheshire and the Lake District. both in her distinctive style.



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She worked for several different companies including Sanderson, this is ‘spot and his friends’ which I am pretty sure is one of her designs, an even more familiar one is ‘Italian Garden’ for Osman.


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Daisy Chain was one of the Jonelle range from John Lewis always a best-selling design, available in several colour-ways, it has recently been reissued as part of the anniversary range.


Primavera (shown above) designed for Osman furnishings in 1960, she thought of as one of her favourite and most successful designs.

Pat Albeck has an interesting and comprehensive website telling her story in detail, well worth a look.  Interestingly her son Matthew married another designer Emma Bridgewater.

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



Vintage Jonelle Fabric from John Lewis


The first John Lewis store was opened in London in 1864. An up market store originally selling textiles and fabric, later selling a wide variety of items for the home.

They introduced the Jonelle fabric range in 1937, since 2000 the name was dropped in favour of John Lewis. From the late 1940’s onwards they collaborated with top designers also associated with Heals, such as Lucienne Day,  Pat Albeck, Jacqueline Groag and Margaret Simeon, then in the 60’s Tessa Hagity, Danny Harrison and Thalia Perceval.

The Jonelle range, especially those from the 1950’s and 60’s have become popular and are becoming harder to find. Below is ‘daisy chain’ by Pat Albeck which was available in several colour ranges.

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Flower Waltz another popular design from the 1960’s, was printed on linen or cotton.


Jacaranda, a big bold painterly design from the 1960’s.



and an older 1940’s or 50’s striped floral cotton interiors fabric.




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



What People Make with the Fabric I Sell – Sunbeam Jackie Parasols

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Sunbeam Jackie  from Cornwall make the most beautiful luxury handcrafted parasols. They used  a wide range of vintage fabrics, dating from the 1920’s, a small amount of which they buy from us.




Their latest collection includes one called ‘petunia’ using a Sanderson print ‘petunia trellis from the 1970’s  and one of my favourites ‘the island’ in exotic red prints, including a 60’s design by Edward Pond.



Bespoke and waterproofed their patchwork designs are both eye catching and practical.





Check out Sunbeam Jackie on their website and facebook page

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



Loose lips sink ships

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Originally posted on cattylilsewnsew:

This gorgeous piece of vintage ship fabric is high on my favourite list in my ever expanding vintage textile collection.  The selvage had the name ‘Hastings’ inked on it. I did a water style edge-to-edge quilting pattern on it. In the fabrics previous life it was a curtain and is still in perfect condition.  Hastings now lives on the spare room bed.

Loose Lips sinks ships Quilted up-cycled vintage ship fabric

Hastings vintage ships up-cycled fabric Quilted, Vintage ships fabric

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What People Make with the fabric I sell – ‘The Village Hippy’ Gifts and Clothing

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I met  Lindsey of  ‘The Village Hippy’ on facebook some time ago. Such a lovely person with a kind and positive outlook on life.  She makes great bags, hangings and memo boards using vintage fabric, buttons and bindings.

Here is one the memo boards she made with linen fabric she bought from me, the design is ‘flowers waltz’ a 1960’s design from Jonelle.


Recently she has turned her hand to dress making and like everything she does, makes a fabulous job of it.  The finishing of this ‘buttercup’ Doris dress is wonderful. She has adapted a vintage pattern and used 1970’s St Michael  yellow daisy fabric for the sleeves, frilled hem and binding.


What a clever person..



Check out her unique range of gifts, clothing and quirky items. TheVillage Hippy


Since posting this blog Lindsey has made another dress with the vintage St Michael fabric..lovely.

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



Ideas for using Vintage Fabric – Patchwork Chairs


It take relatively little fabric to cover a chair so can be an inexpensive way of updating your living space if you have the time and patience. One of my first ever upholstery projects was covering an old wooden chair in Laura Ashley patchwork pieces for our first flat in the 1970’s.. I still have that chair in the spare room though rather faded and worn now I still can’t bear to throw it out.


Patchwork chairs such as this arm chair covered in vintage floral cottons look so cosy. I love the way that the patchwork has been even extended to the chair legs.




Another comfy armchair with patchwork and wonderful applique work.


Beautifully finished in button back design.



Elegant dining chairs in quality patchwork designs.


The seaside colours of these sweet little painted chairs would look great in a beach hut.




I have several lots of patchwork bundles in various weights such as



or this cotton chintz bundle.




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

Patchwork Bundles



What People Make with the Fabric I Sell – Leah Rose Designs Barkcloth Cushions

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Nora from Leah Rose Designs makes beautiful cushions, purses and accessories using vintage fabric and textiles. She sells them online in her Etsy shop and her Folksy shop.

She sent me a photo of some lovely cushions she made using  1950’s cotton barkcloth fabric..what a great job.



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


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