Sunday, 22 January 2012

Vintage Rules!

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
 you can’t cross a chasm in two jumps.
David Lloyd George

The love of all things vintage is fast becoming a huge trend.  According to a magazine article I read recently it is not just a passing trend either. It is here to stay!  People like the romance of the past and also like the idea of it being eco-friendly.

I met a very young woman last summer.  She had recently opened a lovely shop selling vintage items and she spent her time sourcing fresh items to sell in her shop.  Sadly, the footfall wasn’t that great, but she was undeterred because it was something she loved to do. 

In December I met a lovely young woman who was extremely helpful to me at a Craft Fair I attended.  She sold vintage jewellery and also loved all things vintage so ended up buying one of my bags with matching purse which she was thrilled with.  It was fascinating looking at her vintage jewellery stall, very nostalgic!

I am often searching for vintage fabric, vintage lace, buttons, braid – anything vintage that I can utilise in my craft work.  I particularly love the big colourful prints on vintage fabric!  Some of the items in my Folksy shop have been made with vintage fabric, lace, braid etc.

However, I don’t use vintage exclusively because I also love contemporary fabrics, which ironically often have vintage inspired themes!  These are my particular favourites and I have collected quite a few, and one day I will get around to making something or using them in my textiles work!

Here are a selection of vintage inspired items I found on Folksy: (Don’t forget to click on the image and it will take you directly to the item in their shop.)

Audrey’s Cat

Aunty Joan Crafts

Made With Love by Kat handmade one of a kind reworked vintage jewellery


Today, I am celebrating three months on Folksy and to mark the occasion I am offering a free give away of this A6 Notebook:  Please leave a comment and the winner will be chosen by some random method.  Many thanks.

Don’t forget to visit my shop.  New items are added everyday, I am sure you will find something you like.



  1. I too adore vintage, probably because I am a fossil, but in particular love to recycle and upcycle items to give them a new lease of life or purpose.

    Well done on your first three months on folksy, and as things keep going from strength to strength for you, we will soon be celebrating your first year!

    Your items are gorgeous and inventive and I wish you every success for the future!

    Natalie xxx

  2. Congratulations on your 3 month anniversary! Being pretty vintage myself, I can not fail to like all things vintage, so I have really enjoyed your selection today.

    Jacqueline x

  3. Some lovely vintage items Edwina. All of them beautiful. Congratulations on your three month anniversary.

    Shirley x

  4. Great selection thanks for including my cushions! - hope you've ben enjoying your time on folksy!

  5. Congrats on your 3 month anniversary. Enjoyed the read and the selection. Gorgeous notebook especially.

  6. Lovely, lovely notebook.

    Congrats on 3 months on Folksy and good luck with your shop.


  7. Yes vintage definatley seems here to stay!

    I have always been surrounded by 'vintage' whether it's my parents getting antiques or the idea of 'waste not want not' I have inherited a love for vintage.

    I'm starting to focus my crafts a bit more- making a stronger link to vintage and recycling, I have been craeting crafts for a while but feel I need to focus them more so I'm going with the vintage feel...just need to make more!

    I also think since having got into reseraching my family history I am fascinated with 'the old days.'

  8. Hi Edwina, was that your letter I saw in CraftSeller magazine?

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  10. Thanks for all your lovely comments.
    Yes Liz that was my letter in in Craftsseller p.13
    I will contact the winner of the notebook in a couple of days.
    Many thanks.

  11. Hiya, hope I'm not too late for my chance of winning your gorgeous notebook? Thank you for entering my giveaway too...and now following your blog :-) xx

  12. Hi! Popping over to have a look about you as we're partners in the Owl Swap! Nice to find you here

    noodleBubble x