Monday, 19 December 2011

The Future of Vintage Fashion

Have you ever wondered if the clothes we buy and wear now will be 'Vintage' fashion in 30 or 40 years time? Or will they stand the test of time? Is high street fashion made well enough to last that long or will the throw away society that we have become mean that it all ends up as landfill or shredded for recycling?

Dani, the daughter of a friend of mine has written a thought provoking blog post for a university assessment on this subject.
Her research was done in Cardiff, but it is relevant to other areas too.

Here's the link to Dani's blog - please read it and comment on it. 

The post certainly made me think about the items I make.I use vintage fabrics, embroidered linens and handmade lace, but am finding it increasingly difficult to source and buy pieces at a reasonable price.
Charity shops, who used to almost give away old curtains, embroidered table cloths, tray cloths and napkins, are now labelling all things 'old' as vintage and charging a fortune!
And there is always competition at auctions, which then pushes the prices up.

I do think well made curtains and soft furnishings will stand the test of time and will always be available as 'vintage' buys in the future, however.The fabrics I'm often given for commissions are beautiful and the curtains I make from them will probably (hopefully) not be thrown away at the end of their usefulness - more than likely resold or given to charity.

But who embroiders now, or makes lace? In years time all the linens will have been sold and there will be nothing to replace them.
But then perhaps we will go bonkers for machine embroidered items and mass manufactured lace and trimmings!

What do you think?

Sunday, 11 December 2011


I have, at last, found a few minutes to post some of the many photos
my lovely girl, Tess, took of the Kitsch and Stitch Christmas Fair.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Tears before bedtime...

Our third Kitsch and Stitch Fair was a roaring success.

After much soul searching I have decided to no longer be part of the organising team. 

I leave happy in the knowledge that I have made a life-long friend in Debs.  No more teacher/pupil relationship: just very, very good pals.

Her sewing skills never cease to amaze me.

Being happy that I leave on a high, I am confident that Debs will take our Kitsch and Stitch concept on to bigger and better things.

Thank you to all our stall holders and customers alike.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and 
Profitable New Year.



Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A flavour of our Christmas Kitsch and Stitch Fair

Festive bunting made by Debs

Arrangement by (No, not by Constance Spry) - me!


Photo's by WSD
(Wicked Step-daughter)
who as you can see just couldn't get away to take many action shots

Because we were too blooming busy

She only had time while we were all setting up 
and during a lull around the lunch hour

Cakes, mince pies and mulled wine
served all day by
Hospice in the Weald

 Bouncer & 

A fabulous venue-
The Vestry Hall


I will post more photies on my blog

See you there some time soon...

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Introducing our Christmas Fair Stall Holders......

New to the third Kitsch and Stitch fair

Soapie products are all handmade by Lizzie Smith, using high quality soap bases, perfumes and colourings and are beautifully presented making them ideal gifts for your friends & family or the perfect indulgence item just for yourself.

Rose's work is hand built using stoneware & porcelain clays. She is particularly interested in textures and tone produced by using found objects including textiles, plants, seed heads & other natural forms.

Sea Pink
Handmade, recycled, re-invented, pre-loved and cherished treasures for you, your loved ones and your home.

Clare Askaroff displays a wide selection of carefully restored vintage items that are not only beautiful to have in the home or garden, but still have lots of practical use left in them..... Lovely!

Sue Daniels Vintage Homewares

Kitchenalia, textiles and vintage clothes.

and our regulars....

Suzie Sharpe
Handmade handbags, totes, covered notebooks and vintage textiles.

Gillian and Kirsty return with their handmade and hand printed 
creative textile items,
brooches, bags and knitted hats and scarves.

Marti Murchison is a textile artist and craftswoman, based in the south east of England. Her work uses techniques such as appliqué, patchwork, collage, and machine and hand embroidery.
Where possible, Marti prefers to use recycled fabrics and materials which she has been actively sourcing and collecting for many years.

Kate Tullett sources fabrics and materials locally, scouring reclamation yards, car booties, the internet and charity shops for just the right frame, the perfect fabric or the cutest button to finish a piece off. She uses these materials with her own personal touch of hand-embroidered proverbs, poems and song lyrics to create one-off products.

 In Lizzie Bloom's jewellery range every fabric remnant becomes an exquisite 
tactile gem on the final product.
Every piece is handcrafted using meticulously sourced fabrics. These include
seasonal printed silks and lawns from Liberty of London, luxurious tweeds 
from the celebrated mills of Linton, fine
Italian Silks and a few classics in denim and cotton ticking. 

Simply Vintage Designs was born from a love of all things vintage and 
handmade. Combining her two passions Melissa Waudby has developed a product range that is constantly evolving, created from unusual and vintage china, crystal, glassware and fabrics. 
Some of you have been waiting for Melissa to return with her 
DIY cake stands.

Teeny Tiny House
Lucy Boston designs and creates beautiful homewares and gifts.

Hand crafted and stitched vintage inspired cards and gifts, made using fantastic papers, vintage lace and fabrics,with vintage images and pretty embellishments.  Beautiful hand knitted and crocheted items including blankets, cushions,
corsages and much more.

A day in Provence
 Shirley-Ann brings her individual range of hand-made and vintage items back to the Kitsch and Stitch fair. Highlights include paintings by both Shirley-Ann and Ian,  papier-mache dogs, beautiful lampshade covers, and original paintings of dogs, birds and flowers. Shirley-Ann will also be displaying vintage clothing from the 40's and 50's with a collection of one-off pieces.

Love Nest
Julie-Ann returns with her colourful collection of handmade decorative cushions, pinboards and Christmas goodies.

Jane Bourne's designs for scarves, wraps and mufflers are sewn as swirls of colour and texture and stitched as cascades of threads and fabrics. 

Cusp Crafts
Co-organiser Linda Steward standing behind her stall of vintage treasures and quirky handmade bags and bunting.

Deborah Good, co-organiser, has scented sachets, gadget cases, cushions, 
sewing accessories, bags and bunting on her stall. All beautifully handmade in vintage or recycled fabrics.

photo from

Delicious seasonal refreshments made by Friends of the Hospice in the Weald.
All proceeds, from the refreshments, to the Hospice.

Enjoy a wonderful Christmas shopping event in lovely surroundings.

We are all looking forward to seeing you.