The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman
The West Country Textile Weekends. Click on image

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Dolly's Villa and other tiny things.......

Today I had great fun at an auction, and a bit of a "dolls house fix"....... The above is an amazing back opening house with a really unusual Lithographed front. I have no idea who made it, but there are a few clues to assist my investigations, It has the letters "CB" and the date 1892. There is also a charming sign above the front door which reads "Dolly's Villa number 1".....

Next is a little house to keep "Bijou" company (see earlier post!) It dates from early in the 20th century and was made in Germany.

and lastly.. a selection of other goodies which I purchased.... some of which I will have to keep, but the rest I will be taking to The New Forest Dolls house fair in Lyndhurst on April 5th. Early entry 10 am. See website for details.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

The contents of a wonderful sewing box.......

Last week I attended an auction and managed to be the lucky high bidder on 6 (yes six...) boxes of old sewing items.

A rather poignant selection of old knitting patterns, threads, trimmings, Crinoline lady shaped needle cases.... A lot of the items still in their lovely old paper bags with names of mostly long-gone local Somerset shops and departmental stores.

Also a fabulous old Deans toy catalogue....

What wonderful dolls....

Stitchcraft magazines from the 1930's to the 1950's, along with funky scraps of what appeared to be decorated shower-curtain plastic fabric. After further delving in the boxes I discovered templates to make plastic capes, the sort designed to protect your clothes when you were washing your hair!

These wonderful magazines advertising Baxters Felt makers, along with piles of old felt scraps....
A lot of these items will be coming with me to the Stroud International Textiles Rag Market on Saturday 14th March. This is being held at The Old Town Hall in the centre of Stroud, postcode GL5 1AP, go to multimap and it will show you the exact location.
The fair is open from 10 am to 4 pm. Entrance 50p

Hope to see you there!

PS Just to let you know my Internet problems have come to a head & I will probably be off line for the next week. Be back on Friday 13th for the house name draw!