Well it’s probably no surprise to hear that working with vintage fabrics makes me a little nostalgic from time to time but this week I have been reminiscing a little bit more that usual. It all started when I began picking out fabric to make up some ties on Tuesday.
The ties I made, as you would expect, are from vintage or reclaim fabrics that I happen to have in my stash. The ones pictured here are made from donated fabrics, except the middle one which was made from a vintage dress I wore until it almost literally fell apart!
This tie is just a little bit special though.The crane printed fabric was once a fitted tunic that I bought whilst travelling in Thailand with Mr Bee. I remember the day we discovered the little boutique in Chang Mai. It was tucked away down a side street that somehow we had previously missed. I tried it on in blue and brown and almost bought them both, but I didn’t want to blow our travelling budget! The owner of the boutique was delighted that I made a purchase, she had handmade all of the beautiful clothes in there, I spent a while browsing.
As I took apart some of Mr Bee’s old ties, to recycle the inner lining in my ‘new’ ties, the brown silk one slunk over my arm reminds me of a time before he left the stressful office environment in adult health and social care. Much to my relief, although things have been financially tight at times, hasn’t needed to return and certainly has no need of a bag full of old ties anymore. That said, I was always quite fond of this tie, although frayed around the edges with an indeterminate stain on the front. I salvaged some to make this retro ring and earring set.
This time next week I will be relaxing after one of the biggest craft events on my calendar, Sherwood Christmas Craft and Food Fair! I have less than one week to be craft fair ready but I am feeling pretty confident. I will be taking a selection of the usual retro goodies made from 70s swirls and florals with vintage buttons sprinkled in abundance. Not everything will be retro or girly though, I managed to get a few unisex bags made adorned with some of Mr Bee’s sexy skateboard toggles and buttons too. And there will be things for little bees.
I have also added a few new things to the range and changed the style of some of the old favourites. Remember these from earlier in the year?
Although I feel far from ready, I am really looking forward to next Saturday. It’s always such a fabulously friendly event with so many makers that I know and love, not least my partner in creative crime Mr Splinter Cell.
So until next week
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and stay sweet