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NATIONAL TEXTILE ARCHIVE AT KEW

I was watching the Genius of Design last Friday night – it’s an excellent five part series produced by the BBC showing what design is and how it affects our lives. I just had to take some (slightly skewiff) ‘on screen’ pictures on a section about William Morris.  As part of the Morris review they […]

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BRITISH TEXTILE INDUSTRY – CRABTREE FABRICS

As some of you may know I upload my vintage fabric finds to Flickr every week. Sometimes I’ll write a little something about the textile if it has the manufacturer or designer printed on the selvedge, but in general most of the fabrics have been cut and are unidentifiable. What I LOVE about Flickr is […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ORLA KIELY ‘PATTERN’

Yonks ago (well, November), I bought this Orla Kiely book called Pattern from Selfridges. It’s obvious to me that Orla Kiely is heavily influenced by vintage fabric in her design and that why I have come to love her stem print and have purchased duvet covers, pots, handbags and aspired to buy pieces in her […]

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DEC(ORATE) THE HALLS

Phewww…I made it to Christmas! Hall is decorated, turkey dinner eaten and many presents opened…oh and a lot of Baileys consumed. I can now look forward to a New Year and concentrate on all things fabric. Yipeeeee.

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THREADS OF FEELING EXHIBITION

I had big plans on Wednesday. I was going to drop Ding Dong off at Nursery in the afternoon and head up to London on the train for both the signing of Orla Kiely’s new book ‘Pattern’ at Selfridges and  to visit ‘Threads of Feeling’ at the Foundling Museum. Unfortunately the all- consuming house renovation […]

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DESIGNING THE 1950’s & 1960’s

I’m still exploring Bournemouth – well it’s only been 7 weeks so there is still lots to see. The other day I visited a little second hand book store near my home; I always like to see if they have any old fabric books to help with researching my fabrics. Unfortunately in this particular book […]

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VERA TEXTILES

  I was at a little market early this morning and couldn’t believe my luck when I picked up some gorg placemats designed by Vera textiles. I discovered the many beautiful designs produced by Vera last year whilst browsing images on the Vera Textiles group on Flickr.  I was just blown away by the a-maz-ing […]

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BOOK REVIEW: LIBERTY IN THE FIFTIES & SIXTIES

I’ve just bought some vintage Liberty fabric. Woo. It was a combination of going to Merton Abbey Mills and the purchase of Liberty & Co. in the Fifties and Sixties: A Taste for Design (A. Buruma 2009) that did it. The fabric I bought was made by Liberty of London Prints Ltd, although the book doesn’t […]

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MERTON: HOME OF LIBERTY AND MORRIS

I’ve spent a bit of time reading through a new book I’ve just bought on Liberty in the 50’s and 60’s and to my surprise Liberty fabrics were actually printed just down the road from where I live! And upon further investigation William Morris also printed there. For the last three years I’ve been navigating […]

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OUT & ABOUT IN LONDON

Living in London you sometimes feel like you have the world at your feet. There are so many things to do of a weekend – visiting museums, concerts, shops, restaurants…the list goes on…and do I ever get off my arse and explore the beautiful city that is London? Well this weekend I am. I’m going […]

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