Friday, June 28, 2013

Vintage Linen Rolls

We have some wonderful rolls of vintage linen just in.

These vintage linen fabrics are wonderfully characterful, versatile and durable.  They were woven, mainly in peoples homes,  before the second world war on narrow home looms. The linen  and hemp was often home grown and processed.  The home spinning resulted in threads that were not uniform- this is in part what gives these fabrics such wonderful character.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Embroidered "Matyo" Bolero

 We have just had this Hungarian bolero waistcoat restored, there were a couple of holes in the embroidery which  have been meticulously repaired and embroidered and lots of old storage marks.  The shapes of the flowers are Matyo but the colours are colder ( but very nice?) than traditional Matyo designs.  The embroidery is a mixture of hand and machine.