Tuesday, 31 January 2012

New Cloths on the Block

On another grey morning there's nothing better for lifting the spirits than opening a newly arrived parcel to reveal some gorgeous blossomy barkcloth.

Cheri Vintage Cotton Barkcloth   


 This one I've rather cheesily named Cheri because of being rather like a Cherry blossom. Of course now that I'm looking at it again they are far more like Apple blossoms ....duh. Don't tell.

Cheri Vintage Cotton Barkcloth   

And there's more. Big similarities in the colour ways both being printed in the best quality VAT colour dyes. 
But "Bettina" (not sure where that name came from!) is a delicate little posy repeat. 

Bettina Vintage barkcloth
Investigating the selvedge further I see the actual name is Runnymede.

Bettina Vintage Barkcloth

 So two rather beautiful but wrongly named (by me) additions awaiting your instructions on what shape and size lampshade your heart desires.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Funky Foursome

I've had a lovely start to my morning .....delivery cushions.

Funky Fabric Cushions from FollyandGlee
 A good friend has wanted for a while to brighten up her old chesterfied sofa. I suggested cushions and for a couple of weeks her living room played host to more than 20 different vintage barkcloths. After much consultation with the men of the house a decision was made. The first four cushions were to be an eyepopping combination of an original 1960s fabric from Simpson & Godlee in turquoises and oranges.

Funky barkcloth cushions from FollyandGlee
 As they sat in the hall waiting to be packed I had to snap them and share.
The recipients response......"truly scrumptious!" I thinks she's pleased.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

What a grey day!

Crumbs its a gloomy old day to day out there. The furry one and I took an early and very muddy stroll first thing. We've been spoilt of late with the most wonderful pink sunrise skys but oh not to day. A grey blanket has descended upon Sussex. Not a fluffy snuggly handloomed wooly wonder of a blanket. Oh no ...more the damp, dog haired type normally found strewn in the back of removal vehicles.

There is hope. A glowing hazy blur of yellow - low in the sky and struggling to burn through the grey gloom. Sun shine will return.

Yellow and Grey Vintage Fabric Lampshades

So in celebration of all things yellow and grey I've been busy this morning and made a collective of lampshades all featuring said colours. I say collective because I'm not sure what to call a group of lampshades. A"radiance" of lampshades, an "illuminus" of lampshades, an "effulgence" perhaps.... or a an "oculus".  I don't know.

Not the best day for natural light so apologies for the quality of the photographs. They'll be winging their way into the shop when better pics allow.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Fabulous Fabric Scraps Reborn

Happy New Year to you. I do hope that you had a peaceful festive period and are emerging from the excesses refreshed.
I'm not too good at resolutions but there is a loosely formulated list of "should do's" in my head for 2012. Perhaps not at the top of the list in terms of  priorities (but certainly one of the most fun) is not wasting any fabric scraps especially the precious barkcloth bits. I would welcome your suggestions here!
Aven Barkcloth Buttons
 My trusty Little Arthur button machine has come into his own this morning and helped me put some fab covered buttons together.  
Ditsy Barkcloth Buttons  

Veronica Barkcloth Buttons    

Dolly Barkcloth Buttons

Tersola Barkcloth Buttons
Each card has a nice selection of sizes to play with.

Firework Barkcloth Buttons
And I figured that if they were just loosely sewn to a prescious scrap this could be removed from the laminated card and used to trim whatever clever project you have in mind.

Maddison Barkcloth Buttons
They look so cute now all lined up on the window sill that I'm wondering about just sticking them up as a bit of wall titterlation.
That can't happen til I finish decorating - nothing fancy just a freshen up. On to my second super huge tub of trade paint and still some way to go....

see you soon


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