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.

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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.

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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 .

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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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