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Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Gees Bend Quilters

Some of the most influential and inspiring quilters for me, are the ladies from the Gees Bend community. The women are African-American and live in an isolated hamlet in Alabama, USA.

This is one of my favourites, and shows a central striped motif made from corduroy, surrounded by strips of denim jeans and work clothing.

Their work is free from following strict rules, and the colour placement is stunning. Despite often very hard working lives with little money to spare, they produced works of art which have now been acclaimed and shown in art galleries. Many of the quilts used old work clothes or offcuts of corduroy from a factory where some of the ladies worked.

If you would like to read more about these remarkable women, I recommend a book called "The Quilts of Gee's Bend: Masterpieces From A Lost Place" by William Arnett. It seems to be out of print now, but you can still find copies on bookfinder.com starting at £28.

My attempt at a small wall hanging inspired by the third quilt shown above:-

Black & White Stripes #2

Also available as a printed art card, priced at £2 each.

Posted by Julia of * Fire Horse Textiles * Love Buttons HQ *

Friday, 25 October 2013

Fairtrade Hand Made Wrapping Paper

Lovely colours for every occasion

Fibrecraft Crochet and knitting for Dolls

Fibre-craft materials Corp was establised in 1953  and began by  manufacturing wood fibre for handcrafting artificial flowers.  By 1959 the company had expanded to mass-market retail outlets for arts and crafts supplies, floral supplies, doll supplies and decorative accessories.

This talented seller has made several of the Fibre-craft dolls clothes patterns and yes they are for sale and would make fabulous Xmas gifts.

Want to have a go at making your own fibre-craft dolls outfits, then here is a selection of patterns at Ebid

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Charity auctions on eBid.net 24 - 28 October

YDC (Your Donation Counts) is the monthly round of charity auctions on eBid.net.

Bidding starts at 99p or less to raise funds for a variety of good causes.

A small selection is listed below, to view the full range click  here

          Dolls china tea set

    booklet with 7 patriotic knitting patterns

         new playboy purse

  handmade teddybear

A box of assorted craft items

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Prospect Hospice Shop on eBid.net

A new charity shop on eBid.  I sell items for our local hospice  - click the logo to visit their website.

Click here to visit my shop - right now I have collectable postcards listed but there will be other things soon.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Vintage Dolls House furniture

Famous Dolls Houses include:-

Queen Mary's Dolls House built for Queen Mary in the early 1920's the house has running water flowing through tiny pipes, a working bathroom including plumbed  in water for the sink and a  flushable toilet, it also has electric lights.  All the furniture and fittings are replicas of the real thing from Windsor Castle.

The Colleen Moore Dolls House which was 9 feet square and had a 12 foot tower was designed by Harold Grieve and featured bear skin rugs and detailed furniture and art.

The Astolat Dolls House Castle was created over an 18 year period and has 29 rooms containing over 100,000 hand crafted  items. The house has been on show at the Nassau County Museum of Art since 2005.

A selection  of Vintage Dolls House items are  for sale at Ebid:-

Sunday, 20 October 2013