Then there was this very old Clark's Anchor box of silk threads for embroidery just there! Oh my I was in
treasure truffling heaven and totally in love with buttons, threads, fabrics and more!
Truly I was having a great time. What was so lovely is that you could keep going round and looking and matching this with that or deciding. This was turning out to be a great vintage treasure hunt weekend indeed.
People coming in and the hall filled with chat and laughter and I moved around to where Lizzie and Jack were, I had kind of gone a different way around - for those of you who know me really well you will now know this is totally who I am. Like an excited puppy.
Well so much to look at and I had spied some paisley on Lizzie's stall earlier and we had organised to look at a gentleman's hat stand for my husband so some choosing was being done and some catching up with how the weekend had been for them all and our journey going on the Saturday.
Bearing in mind there was some gorgeous and I mean gorgeous old fabrics that Liz had to offer I was fairly restrained but still had to look through everything just because.
There were boxes of buttons and baskets of lace and ribbons along with an old basket of French rubber stamps which were used to ink the image onto fabric for embroidering.
Rolls of old but still beautiful ribbons on shelves and so much fabric folded and display I just wanted to see everything. I am so much looking forward to finally making our house move so I can buy some of the old furnishing fabrics and fabrics to cover foot stools and chairs with ....
Then there was this little pile of my kind of sewing and applique fabric and of course as I said I had spied some gorgeous paisley fabric from the moment I walked in the hall. I am like a magpie when it comes to it and to me it just glistens and is like a beacon, even in a huge pile of other fabric I can almost sniff it out!!
Now it looked lonely don't you think and you can see why it was calling out to me!!
Now it was time to go a truffling at Vintage to Victorian / Sue, and we had a lovely chat first catching up on the time that she has taken off of fairs to just do things she wanted to do, as I said earlier the work that goes into to it all is huge.
Sue is a wonderful gardener and knows so much about plants and things, my go to guru when I see a beautiful tree or flower - I take a photo and send it to her and she will let me know what she herself knows about it. I am writing it all down for our forever home so that I know what I would like in the garden.
Well Sue has decided to actually give up the vintage fair circuit but is however hosting a large three day event next year in the Spring at The Dairy House. I will be giving you all the details of this huge event where the haberdashery and gorgeous antiques will be amazing nearer the time with date,times etc.
Sue will continue to sell vintage haberdashery on line and at The Dairy House and she will continue with the West Country Textile Fair as well so do not panic vintage lovers.... She will from time to time pop up at fairs of course either on a visiting or helping capacity so she is not disappearing from us all.
Now it was time to get in and truffle through the threads, buttons and cottons. It was so exciting to just rummage about. It is all part of it for me and looking through a box of goodies and finding something that is beautiful and you can use is just the cherry on top.
Look at the picture on the left A Cupful of Buttons for £5 how fabulous is that. ! This is the type of thing that makes a great vintage fair event for me.
There was a basket with little red and white samplers in and other embroidery bits. Pegs with French laundry initial tape wound around it, threads, spools and fabrics and lace ... such a great fair with only three stall holders but with oodles of goodies, like walking into the best shop in the world!
Well the day was coming to the end but we stayed and helped pack up. I got my lesson in packing boxes with goodies ... I was born to do that! and the putting away, packing the cars and vans and of course the sweeping, vacuuming and moping of floors. Kitchen and toilets to be cleaned along with all the tables and chairs put away again.
The hall looked like a new pin. This is hard work and the part of any fair that we the visitors sometimes forget. With all that they do to bring these events to us the prices on the tickets are well worth it ladies and gents ....
There was a scary moment too, not where I was packing thank the lord but across from me, which was too bloomin' close for my liking a big black arachnid appeared I nearly keeled over. I wanted to run but did not know where to run and which direction because the one thing I have learnt is they run too and if they head in the same direction as me I feel I am being chased and then of course huge panic and fear set in for me! ... eeek. I swear it had boots on! .....It was duly removed from the equation and brave me continued, well I thought myself brave anyhow.
We all said goodbye and went on our way home. It was a lovely drive back to the South Coast although it had started to rain. We stopped off for a meal ( you can not live on cake, sometimes
We had a wonderful weekend with lots of wonderful friends and we were wished a happy holiday as we will not see any of them before now. It will be November when we meet up again.
Well that is it today and I hope that you have enjoyed a little look at The West Country Textile Fair, they will be doing it all again next year and I will of course publish the details on here as well for you all.
Have a fabulous day and as always Happy Stitching! XX