Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Ilminster Vintage Textiles Fair

Liz's stall

Today I headed off to Ilminster (Somerset), I went to the Ilminster Vintage Textiles Fair. There, I saw some familiar friendly faces and had the pleasure of meeting Niki from Nostalgia at the Stone House for the first time. Although I have bought things from Niki's website on and off over the past 2 years and have exchanged comments via email & blog, we had had not met face to face up until today. Both Donna's & Liz's stalls were beautifully presented!

Basket of corsets

The one that got away.... I saw her on Liz's stall but made the mistake of deciding to look around first as she was the first thing I saw. When I went back to Liz's stall to buy her, she had gone! I was trying to be so good, you know... not buying the first thing you see in case you see something else... What was I thinking of in this case!?!

Donna's stall
Some of the things I came back home with

I love the colours of this Heather design fabric
LOVE this cushion cover!
From Donna's stall

Gorgeous fabric also from Donna's stall
From Donna's stall again...
Beautiful lace collar, pearl hat pin and mother
of pearl buckles

Really enjoyed the time I spent there. It was nice seeing some friendly faces and to see an array of such beautiful vintage fabrics, buttons, trims etc...
After the fair Alan & I drove to some villages nearby so that he could take some 3d photos to add to his Somerset 3d website. We finished off the outing with a late pub lunch.
A bientôt!
Isabelle x


Les Cotrions said...

ohh Isabelle! This fair looks fantastic!!! So nice the things you bought!!! What are you going to make with them???
have a nice avening!

Sal said...

I wish I could have gone to that!! I love your new 'finds'! ;-)

Donna said...

It was so lovely to see you Isabelle and I am glad that you are happy with your finds. Enjoy :-)
Donna x

The White Bench said...

Fabulous finds!

Beth Niquette said...

Ah, such bright and gorgeous photos surely do fill my eyes.

Clare said...

It looks like you had a great time..and what lovely things you found. I wish I could have gone..............maybe next time

bex said...

what great finds!! i love the stripey blue and rose fabric. wish i could have gone!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi Isabelle,
It was lovely to meet you yesterday - wasn't it a lovely fair! Everything was so tempting!
I have to break it to you...'the one that got away' was bought by me!! (The only piece that I bought for myself) If its any consolation, I would have snapped up those beautiful 40’s fabrics and the rose ones that you found! We obviously both have great taste! ;-))
Hope you have lots of fun using all of those lovely fabrics.
Niki x

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Niki
How funny! At least now I know she has gone to a very good home and will fit in very well in her new surroundings! As you say we have great taste! :-)) What struck me when I met you for the first time yesterday is that you look too young to have a 21 year old daughter!!!
Hope you had a nice afternoon with your Aunt in South Petherton.
Take care :-)
Isabelle x

Twinkle Pink said...

what a lovely blog, and yes fancy leaving the little marie :0)) we all do it though.
But she went to a good home.

Come by me if you like vintage fabric, I have a giveaway and you might get lucky you never know.

best wishes Ginny

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hi Isabelle! I had hoped to go to the fair myself, but I am in the middle of making a wedding dress for a customer this week, so the sewing had to take priority! Your purchases look wonderful - in particular I adore the heather fabric.
Interestingly, the wedding dress I am working on is made from vintage fabric from Donna Flower - doesn't she have the most wonderful selection?
I shall certainly be going along to the next fair (deadlines permitting!)
Have a good weekend
Denise x

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Oh, Isabelle, I'm so jealous. What beautiful things. By the way, that Marie doll, looks a lot like the one that Niki came home with.

Julie said...

Oooh, what lovely things - especially love the blue and rose fabric - it's gorgeous.

The Whispering Poppies said...

What a fabulous fair that looked to be! And your stash of newfound vintage textiles is gorgeous. I do love the heather fabric in particular!

English style said...

It's seems a lovely fair, with a lot of nice stuff :-)
beautiful pictures as always !!
xx Yvonne

Hollypop's said...

Isabelle, I'm very envious I love going to fairs like that. You bought some lovely things too. Glad you enjoyed it.
Take care.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

What a great fair. It must have been great to finally meet Niki for the first time. Sorry you didn't get the doll bust...I know that can be so heart breaking when you miss out like that but you got so many other fabulous things.

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Isabelle
Glad you had an excellent day! Lovely to see piccies of my stall as I was too busy to take any this time! Enjoy the sunshine. Lizzie x

Stephenie said...

Wow, I just saw so many beautiful things...Those corsets looked so pretty..The fabric is just so BEAUTIFUL* I bet that was fun to meet Niki.
I just love seeing your posts..You have such pretty things..

Lori said...

Isabelle, what a wonderful fair...i am sorry that you missed out on that doll, she is a beauty...but you found some other lovely things to take your mind off of her...the fabrics that you found are just gorgeous...i love the buttons too...i would have had to buy a few of those corsets, i adore those!!!

sweetscarlett said...

WHat gorgeous things you have found!
I wish I had been able to go to that fair,
It is a bit of a jaunt from th Midlands, though. Maybe nxt time!!!

Laura said...

This looks like it was such a fun day! I must say I have never seen a basket of corsets before! You really found some delicious looking goodies! Be well, Laura

Country Cottage Chic said...

Ooh! You did buy some yummy things! The doll caught my eye in the first photo you posted - next time snap it up as soon as you see it!

Ragged Roses said...

What gorgeous, gorgeous things. I wish I'd have been there ... those fabrics are beautiful!

Ali @ Betty and Violet said...

You are so lucky! I really wanted to go, but it is quite a distance from home and husband is away on business ~ my gorgeous girl would not have been pleased at being dragged around a textile fair (much as she likes my fabric collection, buttons etc!)
You got some gorgeous fabrics ~ can't wait to see what you are going to do with them!
Maybe next time, sigh...

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Hi Isabelle, I have tried to leave a comment on your blog a few times now and it wouldnt let me, kept coming up a blank screen so dont know what was going on there!! Super lovely blog, will keep dropping in to visit. Just love your finds too, wish I could have gone along :0) Alicia

Bellamere Cottage said...

Those fabrics are just yummy! I need to go shopping with YOU!