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.

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Heal’s barkcloth curtains ‘garland’ by Mo Sullivan

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‘kasbah’ by Collier Campbell

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1960’s rayon curtains in Barbara Brown like design

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

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and some with unusual and interesting children’s designs

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Bart Simpson playing football

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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..

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

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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.

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

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

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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

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

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Weekly Blog – Number 2 – The Tale of Two Scarves

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I am always hesitant about buying fine wool scarves from flea markets or car-boot sales, as the chances are that the moths will have got to them. However at Ledburys first boot sale of the year I gave in to temptation.

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The first one from the 1980’s by my favourite designers of the time Collier Campbell, gorgeous and I wouldn’t have been in the least sorry to find a hole or two so that I won’t be tempted to sell it, but it is perfect..I’m still keeping it. It has name a date woven into one corner too. Sarah Campbell (the Campbell of Collier Campbell) is still busy working of wonderful designs, check our her website Sarah Campbell Designs. I recently wrote a blog about her early work which she very generously helped with.

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The second scarf was in the wonderful Hera peacock design from Liberty in purple. No such luck with the moths though, plenty of holes in this one, but it is lovely and big and will look great thrown over a chair. I don’t care about a few moth holes myself, just couldn’t sell it on.

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Weekly Blog – number 1 – Five year Anniversary

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I can’t believe that it is five years since Vintage Fabric became an proper business. Where has the time gone?

To mark the occasion I have decided to start a short weekly blog.

The weather has been glorious this week, sunny and warm, perfect for the Easter Monday Flea market at Malvern. It was massive.. Rog my husband and partner in business and everything else reckoned there were around 10,000 people there. I certainly found some great vintage fabric, mostly to sell on but some I won’t be able to part with.. despite the throngs we still managed to bump into my sister Sue and niece Sophie with their treasures.

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 Here they are with Rog and the shopping trolley!

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The van getting full..

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Just part of the pile I came back with, I am going to have such fun sorting through this lot..

 

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Vintage Heals Fabric from Winchester

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We called in at Winchester on the way home from a short holiday by the sea recently. What an interesting place with some beautiful buildings and a long history,  …..

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As always we searched the local shops for vintage fabric and came across ‘Winchester antiques centre’ in one of the back streets. We found treasure in the form of old curtains from Heals.. it had belonged to the lady who sold it to us. It was so good to talk to her and hear the history of the fabric. She had come back to live in London from America in 1958 and bought both lots of fabric from Heals store on Tottenham Court Road, London. We had a long chat about places we both knew in USA and train journeys we had taken..it made our minds up to visit New York  later this year..I have wanted to visit the Guggenheim museum for ages.

Here are the fabrics I bought..

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1950’s cotton interiors fabric by Peter Hall for Heals, the design is ‘verdure’ in orange and green.

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David Whitehead cotton fabric also from the 1950’s. I think the design is by Jane Daniels, though I don’t know it’s name.

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What People make with the Fabric I sell – Bay Vintage Home

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Diane of Bay Vintage Home has a passion for taking the  crafts and treasures of earlier times and creating unique home wares that are relevant to today to be valued and cherished by another generation. In doing so she is continuing the traditional crafts of her grandmother and mother.

She makes wonderful cushions using vintage fabric which she sources from all over the world, often embellishing them with unusual buttons, ribbons etc.

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I met Diane through her Facebook page and have been thrilled to see fabric she bought from me made into her lovely cushions. The one above is a Jane Churchill cotton in spring colours.

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She sells at fairs and markets in her home country of Australia and through her Bay Vintage Home website ; a great website with lots of detailed photos of the cushions and descriptions about the history, designer and source of the fabric used.

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I love her latest range of vintage lace cushions.

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