The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Friday, 26 June 2015

Susan and Elizabeth's West Country Fabric and Textiles Sale

Our next date for The West Country Textile Market is a special sale being hosted by Sue of Vintage to Victorian and Liz (aka The Washerwoman)

The Lydeard St Lawrence Village Hall is the venue....

The Sale will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th November 2015. 10 am to 3 pm on both days. The hall will be brimming with vintage and antique textiles, haberdashery, dress fabrics, linens, eiderdowns, quilts, costume and much more! Look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

The Black Country Living Museum

 It is exactly a week since we visited this fantastic museum in Dudley. The Black Country Living Museum is an open air museum of lovingly restored buildings and vehicles.

Most of the buildings have been rescued from demolition and rebuilt brick by brick on this site.

This pair of houses are made from cast iron in 1925, you can read more about them here.

 We were able to look around the ground floor and learnt more about the houses from a very helpful guide.

I loved the finishing touches. For example, this pair of shoes behind the kitchen door and a pinny hanging from a hook in the larder.

Our next stop was this charming cottage with a pretty garden. The house is tilted and distorted from being in close proximity to the mines. Inside, it was furnished and decorated as it would have been in around 1900.

Across from the cottage was a one-story dwelling which had served as a Toll House. The interior had been recreated from old photographs. I loved this bedroom with the iron bed and crazy patchwork quilt.

On our way to the Workers Institute building we were overtaken by these tiny cars.....

Next stop was the row of shops. These were my favourite as you could explore the shops and the homes above them.

There is a fully equipped tobacconist shop.

1930's Kitchen, bedroom and sitting rooms....

The Builders Merchants - Look at those rolls of 1930's wallpaper on the shelves. If only they had been for sale!

Hobbs and Sons is renowned for its food. You cannot visit the Black Country Museum without having something to eat from here. It was the best fish and chips I have tasted in years.

It was then onwards and over the bridge down into the 19th Century streets.....

More wonderful shops and interiors to explore. This hardware shop being my favourite.

The Washerwoman certainly felt at home here.There were several old stone wash houses, complete with dolly tubs and mangles.

Cosy looking interiors, but the reality of living in this type of housing was far from easy. Many of the shops and houses have guides in them who give the background, history of the buildings and what life was like to live there.

It was then time to hop onto a lovely old bus and wend our way back to entrance to view the vintage cars. If you are in the area, do visit the museum. You probably need a whole day, we had an afternoon so didn't quite do everything, so will be back there again soon.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The West Country Vintage Textile Market

 Good evening everyone, just snatching the chance to update my blog. We are busy getting ready for  The West Country Textile Market in Trull Memorial Hall, near Taunton, Somerset on Saturday 30th May, I have set up a facebook page for this event here. The doors open at 9am and the fair will close at 2 pm. Admission £1.

Expect to find plenty of colourful textiles....This is a super event for makers as many of the stands will be selling vintage trimmings, buttons, lace, linens and a wide range of fabric from dress-making to upholstery weight pieces.

 Hungarian Linens from Beyond France


 Vintage to Victorian

Susie and Russell Needham

Jenny Hirst

German Linens from La Camionnette Bleue

Liberty textiles for sale on Stefanie's stand...

1930s Paisley eiderdown fabric, perfect for patchwork projects.

Emma's Vintage Wonders

As well as our own events we will be selling at those listed on the blog sidebar. If you click on the image there is a link to the organiser which should give more information about location, opening times etc.
Hope to see you somewhere soon, Lizzie x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Seasons Greetings

A very Happy Christmas to all my followers. All the very best for the New Year too! Over the next few weeks I will be listing the 2015 Antique, Vintage and Collectors Fairs here on the blog. Just scroll down and they will be listed on the right hand side. Hope to see you somewhere soon. Lizzie x

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes, Saturday 29th November 2014

Ready for a bit of sparkle? If so, The Vintage Bazaar  Christmas Market in Devizes at The Corn Exchange, SN10 1HS is the place to be on Saturday 29th of November.

The event is open from 9.30 to 3.30. Admission is £2. There will be 1940's hats, bags, shoes, coats and dresses for sale.....

 ....As well as Vintage Christmas decorations...

Textiles, Linens and lace....and much more!

 For full stall-holder details, please visit The Vintage Bazaar blog or Facebook page by clicking the links highlighted here.

Monday, 24 February 2014

The suitcase. A 1940's time capsule.

Last year I was fortunate enough to purchase this rare collection of 1940's children's clothes and shoes......

Having been packed away in a suitcase for almost 70 years, the shoes are lovingly polished to a conker-like shine.

Scuffed sandles, some with holes where the toes poked through.... It is poignant to imagine who the case of clothing belonged to, perhaps an evacuee sent away from the bombings in WW 2?

Bertie, my vintage mannequin models some of the garments.

Many items in the suitcase have the CC41 Utility labels which are found on clothing issued in the the war.

A tiny pair of leather gloves would have kept a child's hands warm and dry during a bitter Winter.

There is something charming about old clothing labels?

Knitwear has been darned..button holes repaired.

This tweed pinny has been made from an adults garment. Make and mend was a way of life in the war years. In contrast to the much-worn shoes, several hats are in pristine condition. Obviously much hated and never worn!

The little shoes are my favourite items.

 Here are details of the charming embroidery on the dressing gowns and the beautiful smocking on the dresses.

There are even sets of reins, complete with a small bell!

I will be taking a selection of Vintage Childrens' costume to The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes on Saturday 8th March. Doors open at 9.30. Admission £2 for adults.