But whats with blogger these days? They are disconnecting 'google friends connect' and I no longer receive blog updates from bloggers around the world that I find interesting . I do not see how this can 'improve my blogging experience'
Baby outfit from a 1940s-50s pattern made from yarn of unknown origin bought from a street market in Florence for 1 euro. Mother of pearl old buttons from New Zealand.
Baby blue vintage wool, possibly pre war, bought on the skein from a charity shop in Pocklington some years ago. Must have been many years ago as I was there for my nephews wedding and now they have three strapping boys! My favorite 1930s Beehive pattern.
I also acquired this old swift in Yorkshire on the same trip,but it fell apart mid-wind. What did I expect for 2 pounds sterling? Seen winding the above pre-war wool. I finished this wee outfit in Paris last month.
This summer I succumbed and actually bought some brand new yarn. I could not resist this 100% untreated blueface leicester wool from The Georgian Bay Fibre Company. Bought at their market stall in Parry Sound. Kettle dyed, the colour is 'Watt Nannyberry'.not showing very well but it is just like crushed mulberries and was an absolute pleasure to have in the hands,
I will be back for another skein next summer.
A few days in Paris and the weather, by chance, is just what one would want it to be.
After all these years I have never been on the Bateaux Mouches before, it was the perfect excursion for my 12 year old granddaughter.
EDIT...I take that back, I was on the Bateaux Mouche about 15 years ago , it was December, there was a transport strike, the tour boats were providing the only transportation in town ( apart from taxis). I have never been so cold in my life, waiting on the damp cobblestone banks of the river for about 2 plus hours.....and this from a Canadian!
Old and young were out picnicking by the banks of the Seine
Pre war red paisley.....I am wearing it as we speak and it is my favorite sort of scarf. Warm, rich colors, old and traditional. I think I have a couple more of this pattern, possibly a different size and colorway,
1970s blue floral Liberty silk scarf!
Not a Liberty but I love it. Old Macclesfield classic print. Again pre-WW11,
I also could not resist these two Indian wool shawls with hand embroidery. A pleasure to wear and always useful.
First up, a pastel peonies design, 'Les Pivoines' by Christiane Vauzelles , rather the worse for wear with several quite noticeable ink stains. But hey - it was 99 cents and its an Hermes.
In much better condition, like new, in fact, is 'LeTemps des Marionettes'. I believe this was designed in 1996 by Annie Faivre. This will be coming with me to Europe in October.
Finally, my favorite ' Costumes des Departmens de la Seine Inferieure du Calvados de la Manch et de L'orne' designed by Zoe Pauwels in 1989. But this is not the exact design that is featured in the Hermes scarf catalogue.......do you think it might be much earlier????
Not pristine, but good enough for me.
Not bad for a days work, eh? I hasten to add this is the first for my collection in about a year/
I have a passion for vintage textiles, I even have a degree in printed and embroidered textiles (many decades ago), and I still find them intriguing! I hope to be able to share my thrift stores and market finds from all over the world. Toronto has been my home for 45 years.
Where to find me
Saturday mornings 8 - 1. Brickworks Farmers Market, Toronto