Vintage Curtain Finds from 2015

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I have been looking back over the last year at the vintage curtains I have found.  Most of my treasure was from junk shops, charity shops and flea markets though some from people who got in touch via the internet. I have bought 1960’s barkcloth curtains by Heals and wonderful designers such as Collier Campbell.


Heal’s barkcloth curtains ‘garland’ by Mo Sullivan


‘kasbah’ by Collier Campbell


1960’s rayon curtains in Barbara Brown like design

There have been some  other more modern curtains from excellent Swedish designers at Ikea.


and some with unusual and interesting children’s designs


Bart Simpson playing football


Twinkletoes in pink for little girls.

I am looking forward to more treasure hunting in 2016 seeing what other fabric  I can find whether  in the form of curtains or smaller pieces.

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



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Bernard Wardle Fabric Design

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The company Bernard Wardle started in the 1930’s and  by the late 40’s were producing a wonderful variety of designs in cotton chintz and hand & roller printed linen for interiors from their base in Stockport, Cheshire.



Above picture shows the bee logo on the selvedge of a piece of 1930’s /40’s linen.


‘french garden’ an early design from the 1930’s or 40’s on cotton.

After 1950 Bernard Wardle  introduced colourfast dyes which enabled them to use vibrant colours in new popular patterns.

By the 1960’s the company Bernard Wardle had became well known for producing high quality fabric and printing for Heals and using designers such as Robert Dodd, Colleen Farr, Elizabeth Tuff, Janet Taylor and Natalie Gibson. Edward Pond was design director from 1962-65 introducing a series great designs.

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‘cathedrals’ by Edward Pond



‘guinevere’ 1960’s abstract floral design.


Edward Pond’s ‘malaga’ produced in a variety of colours .


‘vanessa’ by Hilary Rosenthal 1966


‘barbican’ by Robert Dodd

The Wardle Pattern Books were presented to the Whitworth Art Gallery in 1962.

Everflex was an offshoot of the main Bernard Wardle company becoming famous for making fabric for car interiors and soft tops. Rolls Royce, Bentley and Jaguar being some well known customers. The main branch of Everflex opened in 1948 in Caernarfon, Wales and closed in 1980.

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



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.

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