Sunday, 1 September 2013

Hello and how are you all?

The summer has flown and the nights are drawing in, the temperature has changed and autumn is upon us.  I have had a very busy summer spending a lot of time with my daughter Emily and grandson Thomas.  We have had some lovely walks along our stunning coastline, enjoying the sunshine and stopping for tea and cake at some lovely cafes in our area.  I hadn't realised how long it was since I had written a blog post.

 I am so thrilled at the response I have had to my Etsy shop and selling my Inspiration Packs on facebook, it has kept me very busy over the last few weeks.  I have had to replenish my crochet trims and laces, and so took myself off to Tynemouth flea market.  Jean (the lace lady) has a stall every few months and had telephoned me to say she would be there on Saturday.   I just couldn't resist this lovely battered and tattered duck egg blue tiny case, ideal to display and photograph my work on.

A friend of mind Anne has a lovely Vintage stall selling all manner of interesting things from trims, laces, fabrics, jewellery, handbags etc. and she always has something a little out of the ordinary and yesterday was no exception!  I just had to have these gorgeous fragments of oriental embroidery.  The colours and hand sewing attracted me to them, I have no idea what I will do with them, if anything, but I do think they are beautiful.

Gold thread embroidery
I am wondering why it is only part finished, but it has been well worn.  A mystery that may never be solved.  I will try and find out more information when I speak to Anne again. 
Jean always has some incredible pieces of lace, some out of my price range but gorgeous to see nevertheless.  My first purchase.......
 cotton fabric and lace layers
the bottom section of a dress over a hundred years old

strips of cotton embroidered net

 a selection of tiny crochet motifs and doillies
hand made needle lace

 incredible workmanship
a bag of assorted crochet and cotton trims

mother of pearl buttons

lovely old tape measures, still in feet and inches just like me!
Time to pop a few fragments of my lovely new trims and lace into the dye pot. Thank you to all of my blogging and facebook friends who leave me lovely comments, and to new followers of my blog, I really do appreciate each and every one of you. Jayne 
p.s. baby Thomas melts my heart - such a smile.....