Wednesday 7 May 2014

Deans Court Vintage textile and garden fair.... Wonderful day out!.. take a look.

Hello and good morning all

Well yesterday at the vintage textile fair at Deans Court in Wimborne it was really delightful!  The sun shone and danced on the river, birds were singing and the grounds were filled with lots of vintage hunters.  They had a cafe open and it sold homemade cakes and filled rolls and real coffee!!  There were tables both inside and out.

The textile fair was in a huge white marquee in the grounds by the river and we wandered along taking in the most stunning of settings.  You could hardly believe that just outside of these 13 acres was the busy little village of Wimborne in Dorset.

The marquee was packed to the gills with stalls with so many stunning things to tempt you.

The grounds are really very beautiful
 and a river runs through.

The daisy garden.

We went inside the marquee and it was pure eye candy for those of us who are in love with all things vintage.  The stall holders were all helpful and talkative.  Every stall had been carefully decorated and made to look stunning.  There was so much on display, I had to walk around a few times to each stall, because you saw something different every time....

I went and found Liz and her husband Jack. ( this is the lady who got that 3 meters of vintage paisley from before)  They had just come back from a buying trip in France so you can imagine the stunning vintage goodies and fabrics that were on display.  I picked up a box of vintage monograms and some fabrics....... It had to be done!

The ceiling in the marquee had fairy lights and chandelier lights.

It was buzzing inside the marquee and there was so much choice.  I always have a little list of things that I am looking for, I am doing a sampler and it is Autumnal and I have been looking for some vintage eiderdown fabric for some of the design.  The colours I wanted had to match some embroidery thread that I had, and I have not been able to get anything that is quite right..... The search is over!! I found a good size piece today and I am very happy indeed.

Here it is... Just the right piece of vintage eiderdown fabric in a paisley design.
It measures 25 1/2 X28 1/2 inches ....

Inside the marquee lots of wonderful stalls to tempt you!

These two photos are of a stall by Donna Flower. Beautiful fabrics and Vintage French notions!

I bought some lovely pieces of vintage eiderdown fabrics from Donna Flower and her mum.  There was so much to look at, with buttons and photo,s, ribbons and fabrics and Eiderdowns that were in very good condition and sold for the purpose of going back on a bed to make it look inviting!

Another passion of mine... vintage wool thread for embroidery and tapestry.. Jars of it and in so many very beautiful colours.....

This stall had antique quilts to tempt you with, in the most beautiful colours imaginable!

It was a wonderful few hours spent wandering around in such a lovely setting and by a river.  We sat in the cafe and chatted and I ticked quiet a few things from my list as well.  I did however buy a little something for me.  It is a small sampler dated circa 1835 and it is not framed.  I thought it was so pretty so it has come home with me and I will take it to be framed and will have pride of place over our bed.

The little sampler circa 1835 

Thank you to Deans Court for opening there beautiful home and grounds to hordes of vintage lovers, My Mum and myself had such a lovely time.  I have found that people in the vintage world are so delightful to talk to and helpful and interesting..... It was a wonderful day.

Deans court gardens.

 I am now off to cut out some of that Autumnal fabric for the sampler...
Have a wonderful day and Happy Stitching!


  1. Lovely write up Sarah and thank you so much for your purchases x

  2. I have only just caught up with your blog. Thank you for a mention and a fabulous write-up of the super fair. We had a wonderful day. See you somewhere soon no doubt! Lizzie x