Monday, 13 October 2014

Latest Vintage Finds and Festive Sewing!

Hi everyone and thank you for your comments on my last few crochety posts!

Things are settling back down now into the usual term time rythym when my thoughts turn to getting back on with improving the home (forever ongoing!), more furniture painting, and, with the Festive season only a mere 10 weeks away (eek!) lots and lots of sewing of stock for Xmas Fairs.

Part of the regular term time jaunts include a visit to the local Antique and Flea market, and the photos here show some of the lovely "stuff" I found last week - lots of pretty white embroidered linens, laces and crochet trims, some lovely vintage floral fabric, embroidered traycloths and tablecloths, some tiny monograms, a vintage knitting pattern, and lots more.

The stitching on the following few pieces is so incredibly neat and tiny!

I found this gorgeous embroidered table cloth below with  all four corners embroidered with colourful cottage garden flowers. It's a shame it has a few holes but still lovely enough to use at it is.

This beautiful vintage floral fabric has a few holes too, but there is enough for a cushion cover cutting around the holey bits!

I've also made a start on stitching Christmas hangers as they always seem to go down well at Fairs.

First up this year, as they take the longest to make, are some cross-stitch hearts with a Nordic feel.

I've had great fun designing these little cross-stitch tree and snowflake designs below, but the first snowflake design above was based on a tiny little vintage pin-cushion that I have.

I shall also make some using a vintage natural linen I recently sourced - just started a white embroidered one.

And I shall be making more of the vintage white wool red stitched hearts that usually go down well..............

And more rustic country-style hessian trees (some of these hangers below, left over from last year, are now available in my Etsy shop ).....................

more tea-stained ticking doves...........

and more festive gingham hearts.

Better get on then!


  1. What wonderful finds and what lovely items for your shop. When you are sewing for Christmas the time can certainly get to flying by. It is always so pleasurable seeing your projects.
    Sew pretty!
    Connie :)

  2. So many incredibly pretty finds! And your Christmas making looks like it's going brilliantly. I really like the white and red hangers, and the look of that natural one with the white. I'm starting to get slightly worried about making just for present giving, never mind any selling!

  3. The vintage linens you found at the flea market look beautiful Gill. So do your Christmas decorations!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  4. Such wonderful vintage finds, love the pattern I collect patterns myself. Your Christmas makes are outstanding, truly beautiful makes.

  5. Oh my all those lovely vintage linens. My favorite are the monograms. They are just gorgeous.

  6. You always find such beautiful treasure Gill....I love the glove pattern!
    Your little hearts are gorgeous. :)
    V x

  7. Christmas IS coming. I better get a wiggle on.


  8. You have been busy, and it all looks beautiful I love the wool and red hearts too, they're so pretty. I hope your pre-Christmas preparations go well, they are certainly off to a good start. CJ xx

  9. All those lovely images make me want to do some embroider,y especially the snowflake hearts they look so sweet and love the colours.

  10. Oh Gill, what a lot of delicious finds! The knitting pattern looks lovely, as do all the linens and little monograms. All your little hearts and tree decorations are delightful, as ever. I too am busy sewing, as we have a 2 day event coming up at the shop in a couple of weeks. If I get my act together I can post about it! Keep up the good work! Much love, Linda xx

  11. What beautiful vintage things you found!! I love your cross stich pieces as well, I hope that your Christmas craft fairs go well. xx

  12. Oh wow,beautiful vintage finds! And I love the festive sewingthings you've made.

    xx Margriet

  13. Lovely vintage textiles, you find such pretty things! I love all your sweet handmade decorations too! (Let me know if you make any of those gorgeous crochet cloche hats for your shop won't you??)
    Enjoy your week and all your lovely making, Gill.
    Helen xox

  14. Love your cross stitch snow flakes and trees. I've just started getting my bits and pieces together to make my Christmas decoration. Some will be cross stitch and some felt - among other things.

  15. I have lots of vintage knitting patterns handed down from my mother. And quite a lot of embroidered table coths both from my mother and my mother-in-law. Love the cross stitch you've done.

  16. I also have found some pretty vintage embroidery .....your work is so pretty!


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