Tuesday, November 15, 2011

British Red Cross Christmas Fair

We will be at the British Red Cross Fair
British Red Cross London Christmas Fair
on 16 & 17 November 2011
at Kensington Town Hall.
Tickets are now onsale at www.redcross.org.uk/fair

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

From rags to riches

We have had a stock of rag rugs for a while now and have finally got round laundering them and deciding what to do with them .... cushions seemed a good idea and those pictured above are the first in the range.
The weaving of recycled cloth to make floor coverings was once common place in many parts of the world. Old, worn clothes amd textiles were torn or cut into thin strips and kept to make rugs, wall coverings and even table mats. The woman who uses the loom above weaves rugs using cuts offs from local garment factories
In Hungary traditional floor coverings include rag rugs and rush matting, both woven on a loom.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fine cell work

Fine Cell Work trains and pays prisoners in the UK to produce professional quality embroidery, tapestry and quilts. They do wonderful work in helping to rehabilitate prisoners, giving offenders a sense of purpose, building self esteem and self confidence and providing the incentive and financial means to stop re-offending .

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Textile Society's Antique Textile Fair

This coming Sunday at Chelsea Town Hall, this is the second London fair organised by the Textile Society. With a host of dealers dealing in beautiful and exotic antique textiles from near and far it promises to be a wonderful event. We will have a selections of Hungarian and Romanian linen including Hungarian grain sacks, Vintage linen cushions and embroidery.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Selvedge Fair

We are delighted to be exhibiting once again at the Selvedge Autumn Fair. Exhibitors are hand picked by the Selvedge team and it is a truly wonderful selection! This is a textile enthusiasts dream!

Friday, August 26, 2011

csango textiles

These colourful textiles are typical of textiles woven by the Csango. The Csango are Hungarian speakers living in Eastern Romania. They have a strong folk culture and these are typical of their brightly coloured woven woollen textiles

Friday, May 20, 2011

Parna cushions in Period Living

This months Period Living features some images of our vintag elinen cushions. Above; one of our bolster cushions . Below: two grain sack cushions and a cushion from a vintage monogrammed tea towel

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Judith Brown

Judith Brown makes exquisite jewellery from vintage haberdashery. Each piece is hand stitched with wire.

From top to bottom; vintage lace and crochet, Victorian mother of pearl button ( this one is mine!), vintage hooks and eyes, vintage crochet . There is more information about Judith and her work on her website

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Landmark Contemporary Textile Fair

The Landmark Contemporary textiles Fair takes place anually in Teddington, London . I happened to be in the area last weekend with a couple of hours to spare and what a wonderful fair it was. Lots of very talened textile artists/crafters, lots of beautiful, original and quirky textile related wares. Highly reommended!

Monday, March 7, 2011

parna cushions in World of Interiors

This is the "snug" in a villa in the hills of Ibiza featured in Aprils World of Interiors. Lots of grain sack cushions.. our grainsack cushions are featured on the "inspiration" page..

Monday, February 21, 2011

Embroidered shoes

Heels apart I love these shoes, embroidered using the traditional Kalotaszeg technique. This photograph was taken in the Ethnographic museum in Budapest just before christmas. Not a very good picture I am afraid as I wasnt able to loose the reflection from the glass display cabinet.
Jeremy at Tezla shoes has agreed to make some trainers from embroidered fabric. We're using a variation of traditional Kalotaszeg motifs hand embroidered on vintage linen. Watch this space!

Selvedge Spring Fair

Saturday 2nd April, Highgate, London. Click for more details

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pretty vintage

This picture is from the Jan issue of the BBC Home and Antiques magazine. Lovely grey walls. The embroidered table cloth is one of ours, you can see more pictures of it on the website by clicking the title link