12 September 2013

Vintage Fabric and Linens 2013 Round-Up

You may be wondering why I'm doing a 2013 round-up in September? Well, I find most of my vintage fabrics and table linens during the Spring/Summer period in charity shops and carboot's. So, as the summer season is winding down for the year I thought I would check in with you guys to share all the lovely things I've gotten so far!
I know a lot of my readers outside the U.K. will be bemused with my 'carboot' talk so I will get the explanation out the way - carboot sale's or fayre's are an organised event, usually on cricket or rugby pitches etc where people fill up their car's with things they wish to sell (also dealers) and sell it out the back of their car (trunk); which we call a boot in the UK - hence the name ;) It's great fun, and you never know what you're going to find! Over the summer I try to attend two a week in my local area, weather dependent of course. Sometimes it's great and I pick up a whole bunch of fabulous things, other times I walk away with nothing. Though I would have to say this year has been pretty good!
So today I thought I would share with you just the fabric and linens I've acquired. I've got a house full of other bits and bobs, so maybe I'll show you those in a later post ;) above is the actual fabric, mainly cotton but also a couple of silk and my favourite one on the right a bright red 'bri-nylon' (as my mum called it) apparently it was very popular in the 60s and 70s. I think it would make such a cute dress, so I've been saving it for just the right pattern once it comes along.
These are curtains I've come across on my travels. I love them so much! So much so, I won't cut into them. The bottom three I think, are 1940's - unfortunately I shredded the stripe green one in the washing machine :S so not usable for curtains anymore but I did whip up a piped pillow for my living room, phew! The top one is a lovely kitchen inspired print from the 50s and the checkered one is 60's - I'm guessing from the orangy/brown colour palette. 
Not many vintage sheets this year. Although I am getting fussier, and I have left behind 'vintage' one's I already own and other's I would have picked up in the past. I think people are realising how popular they are and holding out to sell them on Ebay perhaps? 
Now for the tablecloths! I've collected pretty tablecloths for a few years, but fully embraced the new collecting hobby this year :) I'm rather impressed with this stack! 32 so far! The cotton and linen printed kind from 50s/60s are my favourite :)
Though I also have a weakness for any with pretty embroidery on! and we don't seem to have a shortage of these in England, well at least in my neck of the woods anyway. I appreciate all the workmanship that goes into creating each one so I think I'm a pretty good home for them.
Did I mention I like checks and stripes too? Yeh, I know ... I'm one pile away from becoming a hoarder!! What do you like to collect? I'm always intrigued. Not that I need any more ideas! ...

18 comments:

  1. I have a nice collection of vintage linens. I would love to make a pretty soft quilt one day.

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  2. Love those vintage linens! I myself have quite a collections, and think I am a borderline hoarder!

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  3. Too much beautiful for my eyes! x

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  4. Great collection! I love the embroideries!

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  5. so much gorgeousness!! you lucky girl

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  6. I am now a paler shade of envy, I love vintage linen and am building up a collection, slowly oh so slowly.

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  7. Wow, what a great haul of beauties! I esp.love the embroidered table cloths. How sad that so many people don't like them any more. But better for us. ;-)

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  8. Wow, so beautiful! I never see stuff like that at car boots up my way

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  9. Wow love them. My faves are the fourth last, and five last pic and the second last. You selling some of them, please say yes!! Xo

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  10. You pick up such lovely linens/fabrics at carboots! I never have much luck.

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  11. What a sunny, pretty collection of car boot finds! I don't seem to have found many pretty fabrics and bits this year, but my little boy has had the most successful carboot season!

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  12. I don't suppose you'd consider selling one of these to me would you? When my nan died last year, I was very lucky to be able to have my grandmother's curtains which match the pink flowers sheet just above the brown gingham on the left, in the first picture, but I was too late for the matching bedspread.

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  13. What a fabulous haul. I keep meaning to visit more myself, this certainly encourages me to get off my butt and go seeking treasures!

    S x

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  14. What a great collection , I have a bottom draw filled with similar fabrics, I buy them with the idea to make something, but don't like cutting in to them... I got a big stash very cheep from a Auction.

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  15. I collect yarn! And now that I'm starting to sew my fabric collection is becoming dangerously close the size of my yarn collection...

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  16. The sheets and tablecloths (particularly the check ones) bring so many memories flooding in! My Grandma had these sorts of linens. Australia is very similar to England in its home decorations from the different eras.

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Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.
I love reading each and every one. I try and respond to questions in the comments so other readers can see as well. Best wishes, Jessie