The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Saturday, 9 April 2016

The West Country Vintage Textile Market - Autumn date!


Good afternoon everyone. Just to let you know that our next West Country Textile event will be on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October. Like last year, the venue will be Lydeard St Lawrence Village Hall, TA4 3SE. Do pop the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

The Vintage Bazaar in Frome


Good evening everyone. We have recently celebrated six years of running The Vintage Bazaar in Frome with Clare (aka Daisy Darling). Our next event in The Cheese and Grain is on Saturday 16th April. For a full list of participating stall holders and their stock just click on the link here.


 We will have been over to France in time for the fair, so will be bringing a selection of textiles and decorative bits and bobs.....


..as well as vintage wallpapers....... Do keep the date, it will be a fabulous day. Hope to see you there. Lizzie x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

The West Country Vintage Fabric and Textile Market - Saturday 19th March


We are looking forward to our first West Country Textile event of 2016 which will take place at The Trull Memorial Hall, situated in the centre of the village opposite the church on Saturday 19th March. There is ample free parking in front of the hall.


 Expect to find the hall bursting with Vintage and Antique textiles, Dress Fabrics, Linens, Haberdashery, Eiderdowns, Quilts, Welsh Blankets, Lace, Trimmings and Upholstery Fabrics.....


 Our stall holders for this event include Michelle and Stefanie, who always bring a beautiful collection of textiles....including Liberty, Sanderson and other great names....


The Washerwoman - Faded French florals and Haberdashery

 Emma's Vintage Wonders


Susie and Russell Needham


Expect to find an interesting and eclectic mix of beautiful things on Jenny's stand.


 We are also delighted to welcome "Doe a Deer" for her first time at Trull. As well as handmade creations Niki will be bringing a mouth-watering selection of textiles and haberdashery.


Susie Lethbridge - will have a selection of old and new textiles, upholstery fabric and trimmings.


Beyond France - Fabulous Hungarian Linens, costume and Swedish Rag Rugs



La Camionnette Bleue - French sacks and Linens




Other stall holder images to follow.... and we have a dedicated Facebook page for our West Country Textile Events.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Vintage Bazaar at Christmas


Not too long to wait until the next Vintage Bazaar at The Corn Exchange in Devizes. The fair will have a festive theme, so expect to find some super gift ideas. vintage Christmas decorations and a range of beautiful textiles and costume.


Further details of all the stall holders can be found on the blog and facebook page. The Vintage Bazaar is on Saturday 28th November, The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HS from 9.30 to 3.30. Admission £2

Monday, 9 November 2015

The West Country Textile Markets


 After a busy weekend in a local Village Hall, we have set the date for our next West Country Textile Market. Saturday, 19th March 2016.

Friday, 30 October 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.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Happy Birthday to The Vintage Bazaar!


  This Saturday, the 31st of October is The Vintage Bazaar at The Cheese and Grain in Frome. It is hard to believe that Clare and I hosted our first event there exactly five years ago!


 The fair will open at 9 am, and you can expect to find the Cheese and Grain full to the rafters with Vintage Textiles, Costume and Accessories, Decorative Homewares and Beautiful Handmade items...


 ..as well as a few tiny treasures.......



For full details click on The Vintage Bazaar blog or The Facebook page. Hope to see 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.