Furniture Upcycling and Renovation

This tired and tatty oak chair has been given a makeover with vintage patchwork fabric.

Now on sale in Goods and Chattels, Market Place, Howden.

The spotty chairs will be with you soon!Image


This weeks Vintage Finds

This weeks favourite acquisitions: 5 metres of vintage Harris Tweed, some Liberty Ianthe fabric and a

vintage screen which I have dressed with French fabric and a fabulous stylised 1950s leaf print.

The screen will be on sale at The Festival of Vintage, York Racecourse on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th

April. See you there.



Web Site and Vintage Fairs

Work is progressing nicely on my new web site and with luck we should be up and running this weekend.  The launch date will co-ordinate with my first Vintage Fair of the year at the Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York – Sunday February 12th trading from 11am to 4pm.

Business cards have arrived this morning, bunting has been made and a super selection of fabrics are being packed ready to load into the car on Saturday night (weather permitting!)

Below is a sneak preview of some of the fabulous fabrics I will be selling

Sewing classes

Crafting is back on the agenda with making do and mending a way of revitalizing your wardrobe. Why my join one of my sewing courses which I run from Goods and Chattels in the Market Square, Howden. Start off with Get To Know Your Sewing Machine – a full days course explaining how to use and maintain your machine. Then as confidence builds move on to simple dressmaking techniques, soft furnishings, bunting etc. I will tailor a course to suit your needs. Courses are from £20 for 2 hours to £45 for a full days tuition. Contact me direct or Goods and Chattels proprietor Clare at for further details
New for 2012 Upholstery Techniques

1st Vintage Fair Of The Year

Preparations are already in full swing for my first Vintage Fair of the year:  Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair at the Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York on February 12th. Doors open at 11am until 4pm.  Unfortunately I will not be in my usual spot but will be on the 1st Floor.  But as before I will have a wide range of fabrics from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s plus some modern prints with a vintage look.  Looking forward to seeing you.

Contact cards

A day spent making my contact cards with scraps of fabric and buttons. Using my trusty Bernina minimatic sewing machine. It maybe over 30 years old but it still sews like a dream
Sewing Tip: For a professional finish on all your sewing projects always make sure your needle is in the fabric When turning a right angle

Here’s an example of a finished card


Vintage Fabric Stash

My world revolves around my huge stash of fabric which occupies my garage and takes over my home. I do not restrict myself to one era and love retro fabric, classic sanderson prints, Liberty designs, conversational prints, Laura Ashley etc. From small scraps for patchwork to huge rolls for curtains and blinds – they all find a home in my cupboards and drawers ready for a project or a customers request.
This weeks best sellers on eBay are this classic 1950s cotton leaf print

And these vintage Scottish and welsh wool tweed skirt lengths

I have more of the leaf print in stock if required.

Hello everyone

This is my first entry on worpress and I’m going to share with you some of my vintage fabrics, crafting ideas and sewing tips. I run a small business selling vintage fabrics, haberdashery and all things craft related on ebay and through vintage fairs. Its a wonderful world of prints, textures and colour. If you love fabric, buttons, vintage and design – this is the site for you