Yes indeedy.......I am bewitched by fabric! Oh alright....I confess......I am actually quite the fabric hoarder, but then I always have been. Throughout my home, stashed away in cupboards of various shapes and sizes sits my burgeoning 'dowry of cloth'! Patchwork fabric, sumptuous vintage Italian coverlets, French laces, satins, velvets, silks, fabric of all sorts of persuasions.....all patiently waiting to be whipped up into whatever creation my pin pricked and hardened fingers can stitch. I particularly love to collect vintage fabric. I am always a wee bit excited when out and about, that the next stroll around a flea market, or an 'op' shop, or some quirky little shop hiding in an out-of-the-way cul-de-sac, just might be an opportunity to unearth some glorious textile fancy from piles of discarded pieces. Yes indeedy.......my beady li'l textile eye is always on the lookout for that next treasure.
I must of course, include my bounteous stockpile of beautiful embroidered fancies; gorgeous embroidered tablecloths and doilies that I have collected over the years. I love the beautiful handiwork that has been lovingly stitched by ladies of a bygone era, a more genteel time, where they gathered in each other's homes enjoying a symbiotic relationship, sharing their daily lives and perhaps enjoying a cuppa from a delicate fine bone tea cup, whilst patiently stitching a new keepsake.
I love to reuse these embroideries in a more modern setting. Just recently I have fashioned some curtains using an assortment of doilies, tablecloths and other textiles from my stash. I am delighted with my dressed windows! They look so pretty and cheerful draped in all their embroidered glory!
So really......who needs to take a trip to the local fabric store and purchase metre upon metre of fabric to whip up curtains to festoon, drape and dress one's windows?? Not this material girl.....no siree.....I will just dive into my bottomless 'dowry of cloth' pit!!