Just in time to coincide with the V & A Quilt exhibition, this quilt is finally ready for a bedroom. Found, unfinished, with a fascinating collection of stiffening papers which appear to include copperplate handwriting exercises and children’s drawings we wonder whether this could be the work of a Victorian nanny or governess. Many of the very finely printed fabrics are exquisite and in very good condition both fibre and colourwise. Carefully setting to the task of completing the almost finished, handsewn work we found the most tiny, deftly applied stitches holding the patches together. The finished article measures 205cm long by 230cm wide and is backed and edged in handwoven silk dupion. A handsome addition to Tinsmiths’ collection of vintage quilts on display in the shop.
You might remember an announcement of new fabrics by St Jude’s here on the Blog just before Christmas? Having an empty curtain pole to fill in the showroom we decided to see how Mark Hearld’s 100% Pure Linen Birdgarden in Brown (with a natural background) would look. Full length, lined, interlined and with a 3″ pencil pleat heading, the result shows Mark’s design works well on a large scale and sits easily within an interior, without dominating it. The less formal pencil pleat heading both suits the style of Mark’s illustrations and allows one to see the design without the interruption of heavier pleats. Our thanks to Mark and Tinsmiths’ Sewing Room, a great improvement and just in time for the St Jude’s exhibition at the end of next week.
We’ve just received invitations to the St Jude’s Show (which opens at Tinsmiths very soon now, on the 27th March) printed by our local letterpress, Tilley’s. Artist, Angie Lewin kindly created for us a linocut illustration for these cards and we really hope that she is as thrilled with the result as we are. The Italian deckled edge card we found was well worth searching for, it really gives the print impression extra “body” and helps achieve that special letterpress quality. The next exhibition notification in this series, due out in late August, will be for the solo exhibition by Mark Pedro de la Torre which is part of Herefordshire Art Week, keep an eye out for it.