|Silk scraps in rich jewel colours|
Scraps, stash building and bargains – crafting nirvana!
For the last week or so I have been having frequent migraines which have been building to a crescendo. I don’t know if you are aware, but migraines are not always accompanied by excruciating headache, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t nasty. Up until recently I have coped well with migraines but now they are causing problems. Such was the case yesterday. It meant I was struggling to concentrate on any craft so I decided to take a short trip to an Antique and Collectors Fair which was taking place in a nearby village. The fair is well known for the quality of the items and the potential for bargains. And what bargains I had!
When I arrived I headed straight for the haberdashery section upstairs. At first sight it looked disappointing but I wasn’t deterred and began to systematically look through each section. The selection of silk pieces in the picture at the top of this post were in a small cellophane bag which was the first thing I decided on. The pink silk sash in that same photograph I picked up as I was waiting to pay. It is about 15 feet long! I’ve no idea what I shall use it for but the colour is so delicious and there’s so much of it that I just had to buy it.
|Silk scraps in muted colours|
The next item I picked up was a small resealable freezer bag which looked decidedly the worse for wear. I could see it had one of those bags with a cellophone front and paper back but couldn’t see what was in it, and I could also see some scrappy bits of white thread and yarn. I thought the bag might be worth risking so I kept hold of it. [By the way, little or nothing has a price marked on it at this sale – you wait to see what you are charged and then decide whether or not to buy.] When I looked in that freezer bag this morning I did, indeed, find some scraps of white thread and yarn but I also found all of the beautiful silk scraps in the picture above. In addition, there were a few colourful lengths of fancy thread/yarn and a small piece of a neutral fabric with shiny patches, a couple of scraps of organza and a scrap of black lace with flowers embroidered on it. These are in the photo below, together with a piece of furnishing fabric in delicious rich colours which I think will make a beautiful bag.
|Scraps, a silk tie, rich colours and bling!|
Also in the picture is a silk tie to add to my collection – I don’t know what I am going to do with them but I like to buy silk ties when I see them at bargain prices. I also bought the fiery drawstring bag with lots of gold sparkle to ‘bling’ it up!
|Pillowcases, gingham and stripes|
My next finds were three, virtually new, pillowcases which I shall use to make pillowcase dresses for Dress A Girl Around The World. On the same table I found this pink gingham curtain – I’m sure the fabric will be “just what I need” one day! I found the piece of striped fabric hidden amongst a pile nearby and decided it would be a useful addition to my stash.
|Yes, they’re green!|
I happened to spy this pack of glass beads on the table and picked them up. Yes, they’re green – in fact, most of them are quite nauseating shades of green – but I might need to use green in a project some time [oh, yeuch!], or, I could generously offer some to others and deprive myself of their glistening beauty! Have you noticed how skilled I am in writing rubbish? Ha ha ha.
|Design resource books, hand embroidery
reference and Sewing World magazine
Onward to the books section and I found these beauties. The reference guides on the left are both British Museum Pattern Guides: Islamic and Early Celtic designs. The Embroidery Stitches book by Mary Thomas looks interesting and the edition of Sewing World magazine will be worth poring over whilst sipping coffee.
|Beautiful shimmering colours|
This photo does not do justice to the exquisite shimmering purple and pink of the fabric. It is a lightweight furnishing fabic and I just had to have it. I needed it.
I told you about the bargain prices? Well, for all of the above items I paid just five pounds. Yes, that’s right, £5.00!!! The lady in front of me was charged £10.00 for her purchases and I was quite expecting to be charged the same, so imagine how thrilled I was!
With my head still spinning from having got such a bargain, I went downstairs to look at the old linens and bought these – not such a good bargain, but at £3.00 they weren’t bad.
|Linen and crocheted lace|
Even excluding all the wonderful things I bought, I was pleased I went. As well as seeing Maureen and Eunice, I saw Linda and was able to have a chat with her.
Just as I was about to leave Eunice asked If I had bought everything I was after. I said there was one more thing I needed: space to put all my purchases.