Barkcloth, Birds and Cherry Trees

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A sunny April morning in our Gloucestershire orchard. The bird cherry is full of blossom and the birds are singing, you can pick out a chiff chaff amongst others in the video below.



The fabric on the washing line is mid century barkcloth cotton, the two on the right are Heal’s ‘cherry orchard’ ( appropriately) by Irmgard Krebs and blue ‘counters’ by Richard Jarvis.


Where has the time gone? It is mid June now and the cherries are on the trees, the grass has grown lots and I have sold most of the fabric on the washing line.

I really should post more often but life has been so busy.




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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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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.


For the love of Barkcloth..


Cotton barkcloth fabric was very popular in the 1950’s and 60’s often produced in iconic prints by well known designers of the era such as Eames, Panton and Barbara brown. The fabric used for interiors work has a textured finish with a rough feel like the bark of a tree. Hard wearing and versatile and relatively cheap it became a great favorite with interior designers and decorators. I have been collecting and selling it for a while now and wish I had kept a record of the prints that have come and I will start now. Some is still available in my ebay shop.




‘Garland’ designed by Mo Sullivan for Heals




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 Amazing 1950’s atomic design which could be Lucienne Day or Marian Mahler.


$_12 (3) a One of my favourites..sold as soon as I listed it. $_12 (1) $_57 (27)a Fab design from the 1950’s very like some of Lucienne Day’ s work. Would make great wall art. $_57 (28)a Eames era geometric design.


newly listed, kitchen design so popular in the 1950’s

IMGP1791a $_12 (2) Green leaf print from 1950’s. s David Whitehead abstract design in blues and yellow. Possibly designed by Jane Daniels. $_12 (8)1950’s orange roses on white background.. 3b7c34513971751ff7558fefaf1324c7 1950’s yellow and brown geometric design. $_12 (15) Eames like design in yellow and brown. $_12 (16) Mustard yellow and orange. $_12 (17)a typical 1960’s design in orange. $T2eC16F,!)kE9s4Z-TzWBROzCM54Ug~~60_12Blue floral circles. $T2eC16J,!zEE9s3!(HziBRiOgdJboQ~~60_12tropical flowers – a design very popular in the late 1940’s. $T2eC16JHJIkE9qU3iycSBRm0sWDW1Q~~60_12 another from the 1940’s in Jacobean print. $T2eC16RHJF0FFZ-i8hILBSRWP3JKhw~~60_12One of my favourites – by Barbara Brown for Heals, the design is ‘frequency’. 0b26d66572890a879de3f44de1d735d2another Barbara Brown design from the 1960’s. 0c3f68e7e63e562268992a8dedcc8198the use of abstract flowers and geometric shapes very common in the 1950’s. 2f36f0e02207bd1dc023f0697f82961d Another fabulous design by Nicola Wood for Heals in 1963 ‘armada’. 4c93222057a4d020aaedbc8f96e44306 f569e1981a59dcf7063c7b57fb2f9665 6c454eb6a2603b90a8f1e6dfd3d65431 7f29084fb4dcc428e6c90d5682fc5655Eames style design with blocks of colour on white. aeb7bc2096b0da50c0c5cea39bb2c495 c6fd0174cd01e3aa3b6511b242a4151d d4c66030de6953a0719c6f8a84803511 facca4514358cac80ae4c0e239749ea4‘Voyageur’ a 1950’s design from Moygashel. Looking back on these photos I wish I still had the fabric, but there would be no room to move in our house! Further information about Vintage Fabric can be found at the links below.