I had a brilliant day yesterday, my sister and I set off to ardingly for the huge antique fair hosted at the South of England Showground. The weather looked set fair, and was fantastic, the sun shone warmly, and brought out the visitors in droves.
It was lovely to see Lizzie (The Washerwoman)in her usual place, with some wonderful treasures, including a beautiful 1800s gown that I was sorely tempted by, but forgot to photograph...
Lizzies's stand looked as beautiful as ever, and I was really pleased to find a gorgeous piece of Victorian embroidered border, and the sweetest little vintage corset, patched with such pretty rosebud fabric! So charming! I had to have it, I love antique and vintage textiles with patches and darns. And what a hat!
I bought a lot of wonderful stock at the fair (I am pretending it is stock, when really I shall keep some, as I won't be able to part with it), some very special pieces which I shall photograph for a separate posting in a day or two. All in all a fantastic day.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!