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!