As I mentioned on my previous post, I visited a Vintage Textile Fair on Friday. It was located in the historic town of Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire. I couldn't resist clicking these few images of the ancient buildings there - I LOVE that tiny gable window!
My purchases from the day included this beautiful little quilted throw, made from 1920's fabric. I bought it from Jen Jones, who is known for her fabulous collection of Welsh quilts and blankets. If you love these old textiles, have a look at her website http://www.jenjones.co.uk/
This charming red-work embroidery has been done by hand on linen and is French. I am going to use it as a table centre on my kitchen dining table.
I bought the pretty piece of French cotton fabric, printed with daisies in the classic French red, perfect for patchwork projects or to dress a rag doll. And I just adore the set of shelf papers......
The exact same ones appear in Kaari Meng's book 'French Inspired Home'!!
I bought some green ones several years ago and always regretted not buying a few more..so couldn't believe my luck that I was able to buy them again!! It's rare to get that second chance with vintage goods......
My other favourite purchase of the day was this pair of charming little pleated fabric lampshade covers. Soooo sweet......I now need to find some old French wire frames for them.
There are often quirky and unusual items that are not textile related at these little fairs. They add fun to the displays and you can never be sure what you may find. The soda syphon was an impulse buy at £2! The bargain of the day! It has an old etched glass bottle with the 'Schweppes' logo and the royal warrant.
The C19th century towel holder has been hung on my kitchen wall already.....
and the plaster rose was an amazing piece of architectural salvage that I just had to buy. On the right are two tiny glass cloches perfect to keep a small treasure dust-free. (Although I am led to believe that they were for blood-letting!! I think display cloches will be a better idea!!)
A fun day's shopping!
Don't forget if you would like to be included in the prize draw for the little stack of vintage fabrics, please leave your comment on the Birthday post below, before the Friday deadline!