The Washerwoman

The Washerwoman

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auction. Put the date in your Vintage Diary!



 As I mentioned in a previous post (here) I have been gathering some beautiful textiles for the forthcoming auction in Bristol  on Tuesday the 3rd of April 2012.


 Here is a taster of some of the items to be included in the sale. Please note that they may not be lotted as they are shown here. The auction will be shown on line where you will be able to ascertain which items are in their specific lots.


 As well as trimmings, there are Toiles, Passmenterie, beadwork, Samplers, Tapestry, Quilts embroideries, Floral fabric covered boxes and lengths of unused Vintage Dress fabric....



Patchwork pieces......




..lengths and lengths of gold and silver lace.........



More lace... veils...stomachers....


silk flowers for trimming hats...


A 1920's beaded dancers veil, head dress and matching rings and bracelets...




 An amazing velvet bejeweled dress from the 1950's. (above) with an interesting provenance in that it comes from the famous and wonderful BBC (now defunct) costume department. I would love to know which production it was used in?


 These trimmings originate from the same place, some of the colours on the beaded items are breathtaking.


So, don't forget to make this a date! See you at the sale! Click here to reach the website for full details.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Year Resolutions...getting the brushes out!


 A Happy New Year to everyone! I have been reading other blogs and see that there are many good intentions and New Year Resolutions being aired! I started this week with a frenzy of sorting, tidying and decorating.


 A long overdue project is shown here. I treated myself to a pot of Farrow and Ball cream emulsion for the walls. The tricky bit was painting up to the 1930's paper floral border which I wanted to keep.


 After 2 days of painting I had the fun part of putting everything back into the room, freshly dusted and polished. I have changed the curtains (you can just see a glimpse above) to a vintage linen pair of floral design on a black background.



 Pictures have been moved and changed around with a definite floral and garden theme dominating (oops, sorry about the reflection!)


In between waiting for layers of paint to dry I have been organising a Textile event due to take place on Saturday March 3rd in the Trull Memorial Hall. This has come about from the comments of local friends asking for something to take place in Taunton (our local town).  Details can be seen here on The Vintage Bazaar Blog. It should be a fun event with 20 stalls piled high with Textiles, Linens, trimmings, buttons & bits. Admission is 50p. Hope to see you there!?