The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The West Country Vintage Textile Markets

The West Country Vintage
Textile Markets

The perfect place to hunt for....
Vintage Textiles, Florals, Linens, Lace, Tweeds, Trimmings ,
Buttons, Patterns, ribbons, sequins, yarns and more....

North Cadbury Village Hall, North Cadbury. Near Yeovil . BA22 7DH
Saturday 25th October

Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull, Near Taunton. TA3 7JZ
Saturday 1st November

 Admission £1 for adults 

Doors open at 9 am and finish at 2 pm

More details on our Facebook page here
email me at for stall holder enquiries.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

The West Country Vintage Textile Fair in North Cadbury, Somerset. BA22 7DH. Saturday 25th of October 2014

   The Vintage Textile Market in the village of North Cadbury will take place on Saturday 25th of October 2014. The hall is at the centre of North Cadbury village which is conveniently situated just off the A303 in Somerset. You can see images from the fair we held there in the Spring if you just click here.

The stall holders will be selling a mixture of beautiful goodies. From heavy old linen shirts to pretty handmade dolls. These are made by the very talented Niki from Nostalgia at the Stonehouse. Niki tells me that she will be bringing some Christmas fairies as well as lots of other beautiful things....

There will be silk flowers....

 Scarves and trimmings....


1930's hand-embroidered nursery textiles.....

The address for the hall is North Cadbury Village Hall, North Cadbury, Near Yeovil. BA22 7DW. Admission £1 for adults. Open from 9 am to 2 pm. There is ample free parking outside the hall. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you use facebook, there is a dedicated events page 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.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Next years dates..........

The West Country Textile Markets newly designed flyer for 2014. The dates are as follows.....

Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull, Near Taunton. TA3 7JZ. Saturday March 1st 2014.

Othery Village Hall, Fore Street, Othery, Somerset, TA7 0QS. Saturday 24th May 2014.

Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull. TA3 7JZ. Saturday 1st November 2014. All events open at 9 am and will close at 2 pm. Admission for adults £1. Click here for images from previous events.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Textiles Galore!

I cannot believe it is over 6 months since the last Rag and Rummage in the village of Trull!

 Happy memories of a packed hall, stands piled high with textiles and other goodies.....

On Saturday the 26th October we will be back there again, along with Ted and Bunny, Beyond France, Lucia CollectablesMuddy Dog, and others who, like me have been clearing out workrooms and cupboards to bring lots of lovely stock to this event.

 Doors open at 9am and the fair will finish at 2 pm. Admission for adults £1. Hope to see you there!

Address; Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull, Near Taunton. TA3 7JZ

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The Vintage Bazaar in Frome

This was Newark Antiques and Collectors Fair last Friday, a wet, cold and let's be honest, miserable scene!

I took very few photos this time, apart from on this extraordinary stand.....

Thousands of china dolls, all shapes and sizes.... laying on the soaking ground, all waiting for new homes...

I was very restrained,and just came home with one of these!

 Despite the murky weather, we had a good fair. Fortunately our next fair is inside, so we don't have to watch the weather forecast for the next few days. The Vintage Bazaar in Frome takes place next Saturday, the 19th October at The Cheese and Grain in Frome.

 We have been gathering Vintage Christmas goodies, as well as red and green ceramics and accessories perfect for the festive season.

 As always Clare and I have carefully gathered a fantastic selection of vintage stands with a mixture of stock which includes textiles, homewares, costume, handmade delights, jewellery and much more!

The Vintage Bazaar blog has more details, as well as a Facebook page here. Doors open at 9am, and the event will close at 3 pm. Admission is £1 for adults.