Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Parna will be a the Rare Brand Christmas market along with 80 or so other bijou brands . The market takes place ( indoors) at Goodwood Race Course 17 and 18 November with late night shoppping on Wednesday. Click on the title bar to take yiou to the Rare Brand website for more information.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
For those of you not faimilar with Selvedge ; they publish a fantastically beautiful magazine- a must have for textile lovers!
Saturday, September 25, 2010
This is the Mary dress created by Gemma Buxton from a vintage hemp sheet from parna and two beautifully appliqued and embroidered panels.
Gemmas work brings together an interest in the history of art of embroidery with concerns about how we interact with the physical world in the 21st century. She uses narrative from everyday life , in this case the struggle between pests and food production.
The Mary Dress was created for a woman who struggles with the nature and the environment to survive. The dress is made from home grown, spun and woven hemp, the same fabric that was worn by peasants working in the fields. and is adorned with the two finely panels and the piece as a whole represents the struggles and glories in a ordinary working life.
The dress is on display at weekends until the 17th October at St Marys in the Marsh , Kent and is part of the "Art in Romney Marsh" event 2010.
There is more about the dress and Gemmas other work on her blog
Contact Gemma for more information
Friday, September 24, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
In Kensington town Hall the Fair promises to be a textile extravaganza with more than 60 dealers of antique textiles.
Admission is £7.50
For more information email me firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link above
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
In the Pillis hills about 30 minutes drive from Budapest, Skanzen is a massive open air museum where traditional Hungarian villages have been re-located and re-created with enormous care and attention to detail, preserving the folk architecture, interior decoration and way of life from the mid 18th century to the mid 20th century. This is one of my favourite museums, walking from house to house and "village" to "village along grassy paths and open meadows one gets a sense of Hungarian peasant living in the mid 18th to 20 th century.
More photos on the parna facebook page here
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Indigo dying first came to Hungary with German immigrants in the mid 1700s. There are a few workshops remaining. Janos, who dyes for us owns and works in one of these.
Janos works in the same studio, using the same traditional techniques with much of the same equipment as his father and his grandfather before him. One of the huge mangles was once operated by horses! With swathes of drying fabric in various shades of indigo , stone dyeing tubs, mangles and beautiful printing block its an awe- inspiring sight and the resulting fabric has an extraordinary depth of colour.
As well as the beautiful range of indigo shades Janos also uses traditional resist dyeing techniques. Patterns are applied using wax using blocks, the fabric is then hung and dipped repeatedly, the number of dips determining the final shade. The wax is then removed. Janos can resist dye 300 patterns, most are traditional, applied using wooden printing
Thursday, June 3, 2010
These images show a mixture of vintage linen rolls, grain sacks, mattress covers and cart covers.
The linens pictured above were all hand woven in Hungary.
These toffee and caramel stripes were not as commonly woven as the red or blue stripes and as shown were sometimes woven with pinkish red or blue. They usually have a very light sand or cream ( rather than grey or stone stones) backgrounds and often mix and match well.
Cart covers and rolls can be used to upholster large pieces and mattress covers for chairs. Sacks can be used to make cushions, the red and caramel striped sack in the picture above is 150 cm long and could be used to make 3 small cushions.
For upholstery fabrics with close weave are more hard wearing. Generally thes fabric are very strong and hard wearing.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
It is sometimes difficult when choosing fabrics online to get a clear idea of the subtleties of weave, weight and tone. This can be especially tricky when considering which fabrics complement each other and/or colour schemes.
Most of our antique and vintage linen has either a stone/oatmeal or cream/wheat coloured base. We try our best to accurately describe tones. When choosing fabrics to be used together the background tone is probably the most important consideration and going for either the grey/stone/ porridge tones or the wheat/cream/yellow tones is a good starting point
Mixing striped linen with plain often works well and for larger projects using any combination of grain sacks, cart covers, mattress covers, sacks and sheets with the same tones can produce stunning results.
Over the next few weeks we will be presenting examples of combinations of vintage linen which could be used for interior projects. We will also be suggesting complementary Farrow and Ball paint colours as we aware that like us many of our customers use Farrow and Ball.
(Farrow and Ball is an English company producing environmentally friendly paints with a fantastic range of neutral (and other) colours. They go particularly well with our vintage fabrics.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Kalocsa , 88 miles South of Budapest is a small town famous for its paprika and its folk art.
Colourful motifs including flowers and paprika were traditionally painted on walls, furniture, eggs and embroidered to make clothes and home furnishings
This style of embroidery using bright colours was popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Before that the embroidery of this area was generally done with white thread on white cloth.
The examples above are all vintage and embroidered on home woven cloth.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Stenciled vintage sacks. Home woven. Twill weaves. These come from villages in Southern Hungary. Some have the name, town and house number stenciled on them. Others just the owners name. As you can see some of the names are German. During the rule of the Habsburg empire Germans were encouraged to settle in Hungary and to work the land. 800 villages were founded in Hungary between 1711 and 1750 ( some of these are now outside the border of Hungary)