The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Sunday, 23 August 2015

The Bristol Auction Rooms Collectors Textiles and Costume auction


 Many apologies for the lack of postings recently, I have been working hard on the catalogue for the next Textiles and Costume Auction.....


 The Bristol Saleroom in Baynton Road, Ashton, BS3 2EB is the location for the sale on Thursday 17th September.


 As well as costume from the 1880s to the 1960s, there are dress-making patterns, fabrics, trimmings....


 Lace...wedding dresses...scarves...shoes....handbags...mannequins....


The catalogue will be published on-line very soon, I will post a link here when it goes live.
Viewing for the sale takes place on Wednesday 16th September from 10.30 am to 6 pm, and on the morning of the sale. Here is the link to the on-line catalogue - http://www.dreweatts.com/cms/pages/auction/20644

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.