Friday, October 26, 2012

Rag Rummage

This week I have been getting ready for the Rag Rummage in Taunton tomorrow, organised by the lovely Liz Van Hasselt (aka Washerwoman). 

It is a fabulous opportunity to purchase vintage and new textiles, trimmings, lace, buttons, linens, patterns and much more from West Country workrooms, collectors and dealers.

Doors open at  9.30 am and it finishes early at 2.30pm.  The address is Trull Memorial Hall, Church Road, Trull, Near Taunton TA3 7JZ.  There is a tiny 50p admission charge.

Teas, coffees and cakes will be available.

For more details visit The Vintage Bazaar blog.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the stock I will be bringing along with me.  Hope to see you there.

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Monday, October 08, 2012

Barkcloth Bonanza!

We are currently having a Barkcloth Bonanza event.  Lots of new pieces of this beautiful fabric were uncovered from our stock room and have been added to the website this week.

I am often asked 'what is barkcloth?'.

Barkcloth is a soft, thick, slightly textured fabric, so named because it has a rough surface like that of tree bark. It is usually made of densely woven cotton fibers. It was once common in Asia, Africa, Indonesia, and the Pacific, coming primarily from trees of the Moraceae family and was made by beating sodden strips of the fibrous inner bark of these trees into sheets. It was very popular in the 1950's and 60's and is perfect for upholstery, cushions, curtains and lamp shades.

Folly and Glee are a company who specialise in making bespoke lampshades from barkcloth. Their lampshades are truly beautiful and they have made shades for Sanderson and most recently for Jamie Oliver's new mega restaurant, bakery and bar at Gatwick Airport.

So, I am excited to announce that we have collaborated to offer you a 30% discount on a bespoke lampshade made from fabric on my website.  Polly's shades start at just £12 for a 20cm diameter table lamp.  What a bargain!!!

Here are some examples of Folly and Glee's wonderful shades using barkcloth fabrics

or how about an inside-out shade with the fabric on the inside, as chosen by Jamie Oliver?

Polly has lots of different shapes of shades and can help you with any bespoke design you have.

Just to let you know also that I am doing 2 fairs this month.

The first one is next Wednesday 17th October. This is the wonderful Talent for Textiles fair at the Meeting House in Ilminster, Somerset.  The next one will be The Rag and Remnant Rummage sale at Trull Memorial Hall near Taunton.  Click on my 'Vintage Fairs' tab at the top of this page for more details.  Hope to see some of you there. Pin It