Monday, 10 March 2014

So much gorgeous fabrics inspiration & choice ...

I am so pleased to find so many lovely comments & feedback on the Gentlework posts that I will show you the fantastic choice of vintage threads, buttons, beads, lace, fabrics & bits we had to make our items from.

All the photos shown here were taken with my Canon 5D mkII with a 24-105 lens so please ask if you wish to use them. I love the shallow depth of focus of the 24-105 lens - a perfect choice for the day ...

The fabulous workroom at Rustic & White - such beautiful things everywhere brought in by Gentlework's Christine.

Beautiful colours of the threads in a papier mache box ...

Rustic & White's Jo made some stunning pin cushions for the group table

Fabulous jewel like colours

Beautiful vintage colours & textures across the table

Vintage tins with interesting vintage lace cloths & edging

Inspiration for hand stitching

A teacup pin cushion in lovely vintage fabric

A covered box with fabrics from old quilts

These are some of the lovely fabrics I  selected for my panel

various vintage fabric colours & textures to use

Beautiful vintage quilting fabric - the muted colours are the essence of Gentlework

Beautiful buttons & lace in a vintage carrier

Perfectly framed under a glass cloche

A vintage typewriter that we used to do our printed scripts & texts - the concentration in the room was regularly punctuated with the familiar tapping of someone typing …

An assortment of lace & trimmings in a vintage basket

I remember a time when all cottons came on wooden reels ...

Doilies, vintage buttons, thread & fabrics to use - we were spoilt for choice

So very tactile & soft - old fabrics have a real charm  ...

So much choice in fastenings ...

lots of beautiful buttons to use ...

Some pin cushions made by Jo for the tables …

How can you not be inspired by this choice?

I recently made some needle books - these two caught my eye through the camera lens - serious needlebook envy on my part ...

Do you have any favourite images?

Thanks for stopping by, the final 10 items will be revealed tomorrow so stop back if you would like to see the very different things we all made from the same choices.

Dee ~♥~


  1. No wonder you had such a lovely time. Beautiful

    1. Thank you Maggi - such beautiful textiles deserve to be used ….

  2. Hello D!
    That was definitely the right choice of lens for your Canon - I had only my small Lumix this time but haven't had time yet to download and see through the pictures. But will do a blog about our great day soon.
    I absolutely love the pictures you have posted so far and enjoyed so much going through them and re-live the moment again. Sheer bliss!

    1. Hiya - so pleased you are enjoying the photos - it was such a beautiful calm setting - really perfect for Gentlework. I look forward to your blog post & photos too …

  3. oh how utterly delicious to stop by again and see all the beauty you captured with your camera at the workshop. i wish i could have been there not only because i love gentlework but because i love england where i grew up. i too collect pincushions and often make my own needlebooks. in oaxaca i forgot to photograph the one i eyed owned by susan sitting next to me. can't wait for tomorrow's post where you shall share all the masterpieces although i have seen the sneak preview on facebook.

    1. Oh please do share your pin cushions & needlebooks - I saw some lovely ones on the table at the sewing day & really loved the well used look of them. I know I am going to be making a more substantial one so please post your inspiration.

      I am so glad you stopped by so I can add another beautiful blog to my favourites …

  4. Thanks Dee for posting these lovely photos from the workshop last Saturday. I was also in attendance and enjoyed the company the company of everyone and loved the work we all did, thoroughly enjoyable. Your blog is great and thanks for sharing part of your world with us. Margaret Horton

    1. Hi Margaret - it was a lovely day, was your finished one the one with lots of blue & said: 'Follow your dreams'? I took end photos with names where I could but that one was not named? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you are inspired too x


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