Sunday, August 11, 2013

Aberfoyle Antique Market

Yes, it's been a good weekend.

Today we had breakfast with a former colleague.  We were able to sit outside, the weather was outstanding, and had a great time.

This afternoon we spent three hours wandering around the Aberfoyle Antique Market.  I didn't make any purchases, but took some photos of vintage stitchy pleasures to share.

I love this toolbox!  Each of the twenty top drawers are crafted from wooden cigar boxes.  Can you imagine all of the thread and notions and fabric that could be stored in this!

 This cushion was fashioned from a hand embroidered dresser scarf, a chenille bedspread for the back, and some funky pompom trim.  Super cute.

 This handmade button bag was tricky for me to figure out - the fabric, the bias binding - definitely vintage.  But the embroidery?  Looks more contemporary "primitive". I liked it anyway.  See the pink package?  Inside is a little covered basket to hold a thimble.  This was a fun booth.

 These blocks!  I can't think of what the name of it is, but it's so unusual. It's sort of Carpenter's Star-ish, but not.  Any ideas? It is in incredible shape, and hand quilted.
 Okay hexie lovers - have a peek at this baby!  Isn't she a beauty?  The dealer told me that it was made by a Mrs. Smith out of Cambridge when she was 13 years old in 1938.  The fabrics were certainly period.  It was in very fine shape - one white piece was torn - which could be easily mended - and there was a small brownish stain which might have come out with a little tender loving care.  Simply gorgeous.  The dealer was a little cranky that I was taking pictures of it.  
 The piecing and quilting is all completely hand stitched.  We saw many quilts, but this was truly the loveliest.
This Royal Doulton figurine reminded me of "Grandmother's Choice" block of the week quilt.

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