I get so excited about vintage fabric. It can be very pretty and floral, or bold and pop arty. My fabric comes in the form of old curtains, duvets and sheets, old shirts and skirts. But I particularly love hand embroidered tablecloths and tray cloths. Since I started doing craft fairs I have found the perfect excuse to buy beautiful tablecloths to cover my display tables. My husband sighs with exasperation every time I come home with another lovely piece of fabric but I will not be deterred! And the best thing about them being handmade is that they are all different- so the collection will be endless.
Here are a few of my favourites…
So what to make with this fabric gorgeousness? Well I have made bags, brooches, scarves and cushions but most recently I have been getting carried away with bunting. The sun has come out in the last couple of weeks and I am thinking garden parties, tea parties, children’s parties and generally bunting strung around the room, windows open, flags fluttering in the breeze.
As far as I am concerned you can never have too much bunting. From my present seat perched on my living room sofa, typing on my lap top I can see two lovely strings of bunting- one over my dresser, another across an alcove created by our bay window. And they make me smile every time I look at them. So bunting it is.
Here is my ever loyal assistant Martha modelling some of the strings of bunting I have made recently for my next fair, doesn’t she look buntingtastic?! And can you spot my triumph?… bunting made from an embroidered tablecloth!