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Monday, 18 August 2014

Fabric Lust and Vintage Threads

I've been drooling over some delicious new fabrics for weeks now as well as developing a little vintage-fabric-on-ebay habit.  So far, I've mostly been looking and lusting but I have made a cheeky little purchase or two, just don't tell my current husband, ok?  It can be our dirty little secret; yeh right! That would be fine and dandy if it were not for the fact that my fabric stash has staged a full on invasion of the dining room and is shamelessly displaying itself like one of those naughty ladies in the window of an Amsterdam brothel!

One of my favourite fabrics ever is from Melody Miller; the Ruby Star Rising Cameo fabric.  I bought a couple of meters of this when it first came out and used it for projects that I gave as presents to my sister (a cushion cover and an apron).    I still have some scraps of it and have searched high and low to buy some more but sadly it's unavailable in the UK now and is a discontinued line. (Insert a big sad face here).  I did manage to find some for sale on Etsy from an American seller though, hurrah! (Insert insanely happy face here!)  

I am completely in love with just about all of Melody Miller's fabric range, especially the new Mustang fabric; I just had to have some of this utterly gorgeous fabric in my life.  I haven't decided what I am going to use the fabric for yet, so I just sit and stroke it for now like the fabric-perv I am; honestly, the linen home dec version has the loveliest drape and feel to it (sad muppet).

One of my favourite designers is Donna Wilson and I have a few pieces of her lovely tableware.  Donna has just produced a small range of fabrics which are available from her website to buy and this Holding Hands Oyster Linen is right up there on top of my 'most wanted' list.  Lorks, doesn't this stuff just make you happy?!  Not sure how long I can resist this beautiful stuff; I just love the quirky characters in this.

My current obsession in vintage fabrics is barkcloth; I adore the 'nubbly' texture and look of this fabric and have a few bits myself but would love to acquire a massive stash of it.  This rose barkcloth was two pairs of  vintage curtains that practically had me hyperventilating and eventually sold for £161.85 on eBay; I hasten to add that I didn't buy them although I wish they were mine.   Donna Flower has a wonderful and extensive catalogue of stunning vintage fabrics for sale including plenty of barkcloth; looking at her website is like vintage fabric porn and makes me feel like an addict because, really, I NEED ALL OF THIS FABRIC!!!! 

 I think I had better have a bit of a lie down with a cup of tea and indulge in a furtive trawl through eBay for some perty vintage threads.  

TTFN from Saucy Towers. Galx



  1. Good Morning Sharon, I love trawling the net for lovely bits and pieces.... my favourites are vintage material and blue and white china....I love them equally.
    What a shame that you did not manage to get your hands on the vintage barkcloth, but £162 (we'll round it up) is a bit steep.... you never know, one of your visits to a charity shop might turn up something worthwhile.
    Good luck with your hunting.
    Best Wishes

  2. You have some fun fabrics there...don't be too hard on yourself. We can't cure ourselves of all our addictions and this isn't a bad one to have ;)

  3. Drooling over the fabric photos! I have this project that I want to do. Well actually the only thing that I can do, culottes and I wish I have money to buy some fabrics. #pocolo


Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. GAL x

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