Friday, May 29, 2009

My Handmade Items for the V&H Fair

The following selection of photos are some of the handmade items that I have been working on over the last few months. My goods are made from antique/vintage fabrics, many are C19th French, and I use vintage lace, trims, brooches and embellishments throughout. I shall be taking the collection with me to Chipping Sodbury tomorrow, where they will be displayed on my stand at the 'Vintage & Handmade Fair'.
A hanging display heart with Victorian greetings card and cabinet photo.
Rose inspired patchwork cushion.
'Boudoir cushions' with brooch adornment.
A variety of lampshades.

My one-of-a-kind embellished shoes.


Two framed collages of found treasures, which I hope tell a story...

Geranium and marigold soap gift sets...
each with coordinating vintage costume brooch and china dish.

A cute sewing kit, ideal for having to hand when a quick repair job is required.

A painted basket with French fabric bow.

A large selection of vintage fabric fragments tied in attractive bundles.
Pretty patchwork bags, ideal as decorative storage in the boudoir.
Each with a sparkling addition. (Oh, I do love vintage costume brooches!)

I've also been re-covering the backs of vintage hand mirrors, hair brushes and clothes brushes.

They sit nicely with original embroidered backed versions on a dressing table.

Not for the shrinking violet, this completely over-the-top mirror frame decorated with millinery flowers in fiery hues.

Teeny-weeny gift boxes, perfect for jewellery.

Feminine powder-puffs made from the softest velvet and marabou feathers,

finished with a lace rosette and a twinkling top.

Dainty pocket-tissue pouches.

An assortment of glass chandelier charms.

Ideal threaded onto a velvet ribbon and worn as a necklace, hung from a key in a cabinet, or perhaps to trim a special gift.

A tiny painted cupboard with fabric panelled door.
Pretty pink pillar candles, wrapped in lace.
And household candles too.

Team with some of my vintage china or glass candle sticks for a special gift idea.
All with removable brooch trims.

A lacy love heart in a gift box.

And romantic faux pearl hanging hearts too!


Padded toile do jouy coat hangers...

with velvet bows and diamante buckles.
Shoe stretchers finished with ruched velvet and forget-me-not flowers.

Cute bobby pins with lovely old millinery flowers to finish.


Handmade brooches in three styles:


Wooden hearts...
And tiny antique German bisque doll butterfly fairies.

Earring keeper cushions, with space to store brooches, bobby pins and hat pins.

Each comes complete with a pair of vintage clip-on earrings.
Decorative brooch pillows to store and display your own collection.

Tightly stuffed pin cushions made from beautiful C19th French fabrics.

(Roses being a favourite!)
Tiny lace covered needle keeper pads.
And more pincushions - these being held inside French espresso cups!

Fabulously feminine lavender filled sachets.

with twinkling trim.
And more lavender bags...

these being finished with c1920's floral cigarette silks and mother-of-pearl buttons.
Lastly, a group of dolls to complete the range:

Cute 'spoolie dolls', each in a gathered vintage fabric dress.
A crowd of fairy ladies...
Harriet, an heirloom doll dressed in antique lace and trims.
And my larger rag dolls include:






And Posey
Phew! Now to try and fit them all into my tiny car!!
If you intend visiting the fair, I look forward to meeting you.
I'd like to wish 'good luck' to everyone who will have a stand, and to thank Michele and Jayne for all of their hard work organising the event.

And for those unable to visit, I will be updating my on-line shop sometime in June.
Finally, I was recently interviewed by Dawn Supina for her blog 'Art of Humungous Proportions' - If you are interested in reading it, you will find it here.
Have a lovely weekend,
Niki x