21 October 2014


It's autumn at the Brickworks Farmers Market.

 My stand is down by the quarry, so I get this lovely view.

My fall stock is out, Tartan wool blankets,

vintage wool scarves,

and toasty old wool work shirts.

I dress warmly. Silk long johns and undershirt, cashmere sweater and sometimes I will model a vintage fur coat that is  for sale. As I am 5 feet and no longer 98 lbs I don't think I encourage the punters to buy.

I like selling outside in the winter, it suits my stock.

12 October 2014

Families For Children

A week or so ago a lovely lady approached me at my Saturday morning market and asked me whether I wanted some vintage baby clothes, Well, what do you think I answered?
The following week she lugged in a huge sack full of textiles, so heavy she could barely carry it. 

It included some late 19th century dresses and a shawl belonging to her grandfather when he was an infant in Britain.
Sweet knitting from the 20s - 40s from her aunts in rural Manitoba,

dresses and hats from the 50s- 60s from Toronto and much more.

 Tons of fabulous tablecloths,stacks of 1940s doilies and lots of other surprises.

 I am always amazed at the kindness of strangers. What a truly good person.

Susan Dutton spends two weeks,  twice a year , volunteering at an orphanage in India.  Please take a moment and peek at their web page here and consider a donation, I know I will.

06 October 2014

Four and twenty

A surprise buy at a thrift store out of town.

24 vintage gentleman's wool ties, shoved  in a plastic bag, for little more than 2 regular ties.

They all have terrific, interesting labels and obviously came from the same gentleman. 
Of the two dozen items only 2 had minor damage.
I think they will look good in a basket at my market stall this time of year,  then they will go in my etsy shop.

                                                    I shall call them my Barrie ties.

01 October 2014

My first and only

The only polyester quilt I have ever bought.

I could not resist the folk art quality, specially the " lights" in the school house. The green patterned 'grass' is neat too.

This was its first outing to The Brickworks farmers market, where I sell on Saturday mornings.
It did not sit on the railing for long.......so I am glad I took a photograph.
School House is one of my favorite blocks, along with Ocean Waves,

21 September 2014

chilly week

The summer is coming to an end. We are making the best of our cabin in the Georgian Bay.

 The nights are drawing in

and the temperature dips so that we have to have a fire unless the sunshine is poring in.

But there is reading to be done, most of the books live above the windows.

Lots of knitting is planned and in progress. I use  vintage patterns and try to give them a new twist with yarn from my vast stash.

  Many quilt are  still to be mended. This pretty 1930 - 1940s  number has bold rectangular quilting which sets the random design off nicely.

The weather looks promising for next week so we plan to go.

15 September 2014

Scarves for September

Not one , but five scarves are my choice for September, from my personal collection, found over the years.

Peacock Feathers, or Hera,  designed by Arthur Silver about 1887, revived in the mid 70s for Liberty of Londons scarf collection. It is one of the oldest Liberty signature prints.

My five all look wonderful together and I cannot help feel the colourways were chosen to look good in display together.
Oh, I also have a wool shawl in the Hera print, I should have dug it out for this photograph .I remember buying it in a charity shop in Sandwich, Kent in the early 90s.

Nearly time to start wearing them........they are waiting on my dresser.

08 September 2014

mending quilts

Mending quilts at the cabin and at home.
A 1970s applique 'umbrella'. I had no problem re-attaching some handles and fixing the hem,
but, at least one half of the hand embroidered  herring bone stitch outline has come out.

 Fortunately I am a dab hand with herring bone and the umbrella I redid with doubled sewing thread zipped quickly along.

Just look at what I found at home in one of my crammed sewing boxes  ......a nice ball of medium weight, just the right brown floss. German by the looks of it, most likely 1950s. I shall take it to the cabin tonight  along with a couple of old embroidery hoops.

A wool, tied quilt that I generally call a ' working mans ' quilt, perhaps made for the help in the barn. Somewhat worse for wear and I am not sure that I can do much with it.

But..... was it a quilt for the help in the barn?  Taking of the side bindings reveal that it was not the plain rayon I had thought but a rich, royal purple chenille.

  A dull mauve wool was obviously purple at one point also , most likely home dyed.,


So much can be learnt from a good unpick!

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