Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I'm clearing out on Liberty Tana Lawn. What is left is now in my pop up store and available in 0.5mt lots.
These are mostly out of print designs or classic designs in colour ways that are no longer available. Last chance for some of these prints. Enjoy.

Monday, December 12, 2011

In Action

I have been doing so many events lately, so here are some snaps of me in action.
Vintage Treasures Pop Up Market

Ballarat Design Exchange Market

Friday, November 25, 2011

Sneak Peak of Some New Product

Here are some of the samples of new product. Made from 1920s to 1940s fabrics and hand quilted. Backed with antique ticking from the USA and France or 1940s muslin and buttoned with antique mother of pearl buttons or piped in signature red and white stripes.  

My other range is 'For the boys', military, naval and hunting novelty fabrics from the 1950s and 1960s, piped in jumbo signature red and white and backed with assorted vintage tickings and checks. Hand Packed Feather inserts. Limited numbers available. 

I only do a maximum of 12 of any design if the fabric permits. Some are one offs. 

A selection of both ranges is available from Bally Hoo Art in Geelong and Tangled up in Blue in Seddon. A small range will be available from me at Daylesford Market, 27th November, Design Exchange in Ballarat on the 11th December and Yarraville on the 17th December.

Ottoman/Floor Cushions $139, Small Cross Cushion $89, Large Cross Cushion $119, A Patchy Scarf $85 (All scarves are sold out), Table Runners $129
Strip Bars Quilt 1920s to 40s fabrics $490

'For the Boys' Luxury Cushions - Small $89, Medium $110, Jumbo $149 (Coats of Arms and Anchor are Sold Out).
Hand Packed Feathers.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Vintage Rayon and Acetate

I was asked the other day about Rayons and Acetates. I'm a lover of Acetate fabric, I love its crunchy swishy sound and its ability to take bright colors. However in the discussion it ended up becoming a bit of a technical hiccup on weather or not these fabrics are natural, man made or synthetic. 
To answer this in a bit more detail and to get a tad round about, they are in a way both…

Although they are manufactured fibers, they are not considered synthetic. They are referred to generically as “regenerated cellulosic fibers” or "second generation cellulosics" due to the way they are manufactured. They are derived from wood pulp then chemically treated to create a fibre. But on the flip side they are not strictly natural fibers either as they are not produced directly or entirely from plants or animals. But when you break it down their properties are more closely aligned to natural cellulosic fibers, such as cotton and linen than petroleum-based synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.  

The technology behind these fabrics was developed in the mid to late 1800’s for other applications such as photography and early resins but was not applied as commercially viable fibers until the early 1900’s.

Courtaulds Fibers produced the first commercial viscose rayon or artificial silk in 1905 and in the USA it was produced in 1910. However globally the fabric did not adopt the name ‘rayon’ until 1924.  Rayon gets its name from the hybrid of ‘sun rays’ due to its ability to handle bright color and have sheen and cotton due to its similar chemical structure. Sun ‘ray’ + cott ‘on’ made ‘Rayon’.

Now days more commonly referred to as ‘viscose’ as this is the main way of producing the fabric. But there are many methods for producing a rayon fiber and there are many sub classes such as Lyocell and companies producing fibers today. Modal and Tencel are modern brand names. But it’s all Rayon.
Vintage Rayon brands are Avicolor, Avril, Bemberg, Coloray, Cupioni, Englo, Enkrome and Zantrel.
Vintage rayon is highly collectable from day dresses and evening wear to Hawaiian shirts manufactured from the 40s and 50s.

1940's Rayon
The first commercially produced Acetate yarn was in the UK in 1912. Originally produced for crochet, sewing threads and trims due to its bright luster and dyeing properties. Acetate as a Fabric was produced after WW1 in Europe and was first made in the USA in 1924.

Some of you may have fabrics in your collection that are ‘Celanese’, this is one of the first branded ‘Acetate’ fabrics from the Celanese Company. Celanese was very popular in the 20’s and 30’s for making underwear and slips and often was printed with small florals or was quite pale in color.
Vintage acetate is also found very commonly as scarves and in garment linings and as taffetas, satins and brocades.
Other brand names are Acele, Avicolor, Aviso, Celaperm, Celara, Chromspun and Estron.

It gets even more confusing with some fabrics and processes being called ‘acetate rayons’ and with both the fibers being blended into cottons and silks…you can go about in circles, but the two fabrics are very closely related.

40s Acetate
Caring for your vintage Rayon and Acetate 
Rayon and Acetate are both wonderful fabrics but do have some pros and cons.

They are both prone to creasing and will weaken and fade if exposed to light and both are not the strongest fabrics and this will worsen when wet so take care when laundering. Try to avoid soaking.

Always pre-wash rayon as it’s prone to shrinking

Gentle hand wash as you would a woolie – gently squish the suds through in a bath of luke warm water. Rinse well and do not wring or twist. If you have a front loader the gentle spin cycle for woolens might be an option to remove excess water.

Line dry away from direct sunlight.

Iron Acetate while damp and do not use a hot iron as it will melt, Acetate can also ‘bruise’ so be careful if you are ironing a garment, be mindful of your seams. Also be careful with Rayon as it can develop heat shine, so a pressing cloth is helpful.

Also, watch for dye run off, many old acetates that are printed such as scarves have a tendency to bleed. If you are at all concerned, a trip to the dry cleaner could be the best option.

Make sure you store your garments clean. If storing fabric for a long period, it’s a good idea to refold every few months to avoid getting permanent creases.

Late 60's Acetate Satin
1940's Rayon

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Arrivals

I have unpacked and sorted another nice bundle of fabrics from the USA. I have been focussing on pre-1960's fabrics lately and also on novelties and quirkier ones. I hope you like them.
1950's cotton sateen

early 1950's Pensylvania Dutch Folky cotton

Early 1950's Pensylvania Dutch Folksy Cotton

Early 1950's Novelty Cotton

1930's Cotton

Early 1950's cotton canvas

Super Rare 1950's Embossed and Metallic Printed cotton weave

1950's scribbly print cotton sateen

Early 50's cotton sateen novelty

50's kids novelty print cotton

Early 50's cotton chintz

1930's/40's cotton

1950's Modernist Waverly Glosheen Cotton Kitchen Print

1930's Feedsack

Dated1951 Everglaze Chintz

1950's Polished Cotton Novelty of Periots

1950's Novelty

Late 50's cotton Novelty

Really unusual opened full feedsack. Late 40's?

Late 40's early 50's novelty cotton

Unusual border opened full feedsack Late 40's

1950's cotton canvas/duck cloth

1950's cotton sateen

1940's cotton ditsy on that nice organic black.

Late 50's early 60's cotton Sateen

1960's Birds in Red. I also have this in Green.

1940's Feedsack cotton yardage.

50's style cotton skirt border panel. 2.5mt length.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Textile Designs

Here are some textiles I designed with A Skulk of Foxes. The cross stitch one the chairs are covered in, the geometric red ones and the folky ditsy one. They are available for sale from lots of stores around the place or on a skulk of foxes web site.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Off to the Show

Well, i'm off to the Royal Melbourne Show for Monday and Tuesday with the Yarraville Market.
We will be in the Makers Alley. Here is a link to a Map from the Show web site.
I'm looking forward getting a show bag, eating the contents then going on some sort of crazy ride that will make me feel like I will throw up! Now thats what the show is all about.

I hope there is still the Bertie Beetle one. Am I showing my age?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

English Invasion

I have a new load of vintage Liberty and Laura Ashley fabrics. From the early 1970's to early 1980's.
Liberty Tana Lawns, Wintellas - cotton/wool and some furnishing weight cottons. Also a few prints by some other English houses.

Also, as seen in all the interiors magazines the Union Jack is making a come back. Have we all gone a bit Blighty?  I have vintage Union Jacks by the metre, each metre will give you 12 flags or will sell by the panel, 3 flags per panel. This flag fabric was printed in the 1980's and was used to make fabric flags. Each flag is 30cm by 47cm. It's a good medium weight cotton perfect for cushions or bags. Or use it as yardage for a full effect.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Arrivals

Here are the first of the new arrivals from my most recent time away. To see more please visit Flickr.
More buttons and curious items as well....
Time to get in quick at the next few markets coming up.
First off is the Yarraville market on the Saturday the 13th then Thread Den on Sunday the 21st of August.