I should have posted these photos before I went to the Festival of Quilts but I ran out of time so excuse me if I just catch up before I start posting about the FOQ extravaganza.
We have been in the process of sorting out my friend Grace's house as she hadn't any family to do it for her. In the process I have come across some very interesting things from the past that will be sure to find their way into some art work.
As you can see I've found a mountain of these crocheted doillies, many more than I could use so if you would like some do leave me a comment. Grace would love to know that they were being put to a creative use.
These silk flags were given away with cigarettes back in the 1930's (we think) and have been hidden away from the light and thus are still lovely and bright, if a little dusty.
These beautiful flowers were given away by Kensitas cigarettes in the early 1930's and I almost discarded the little pieces of paper as I didn't realise they were hiding these beauties. Fortunately I had a second look and you can imagine my delight and surprise when I opened the first and found the jewel like colours inside. Sadly there is not a full set but there are quite a lot of doubles and trebles so I may well use a few in an art quilt. While I was at the Festival of Quilts I saw several pieces that inspired me and suggested a use for some of the things I have found so I may use some of these beautiful woven tags. (More of that in my FOQ posts).
Aren't these embroidered linens beautiful? Some of them show signs of a lot of use over the years.
This little gadget looks like a variation on the old cardboard rings that I used to make as a child to make pom poms.
Sadly we are having to clear the house tomorrow with the help of a local charity so, in the light of my new inspiration, I have been round there again today to make sure I haven't missed anything and have rescued some more linens and sewing paraphenalia. I just need to collect about 12 woollen blankets tomorrow before the clearers go in! My friend who took us for the natural dyeing a few weeks ago has a use for them so they won't end up as rags.
I've just spent 3 days in Birmingham at the Festival of Quilts and am still processing all the photos I took so I'll post about my trip soon. It was a fabulous show and I met up with lots of people, not to mention fellow bloggers!
It was wonderful to put flesh and blood to virtual friends. Pictured here are, from left to right, me, someone I don't know (sorry missed her name), Carol McFee (Textiel Tales), Carolyn (Loves Stiching Red), Mags (DigitalGran), Jackie Cardy (DogDaisyChains), Gina (Fan My Flame), Chrissie Galley, then two ladies standing who I don't know and Sue Krekorian (seated) (Magic Armchair Traveller). Sandra (The Dyer's Hand) and Penny arrived after this photo was taken and most of the girls had drifted off to continue their viewing and shopping so escaped being captured for posterity.
Finally, after a hectic few days you would have thought that I would have had chance to relax at home to day but, no, after going to Grace's house this morning I went into town to meet up with some old friends, some of whom I haven't seen for 37 years! 37 years!!! Where did they go?
This motley crew trained to be teachers in the 70's and most of them made it (except for me!) It was lovely to have a catch up. :-)