You can find some lovely needlepoints in French car boot sales and second hand shops all over France. It’s harder to find large ones to make clothes so I was really glad to find these ones. I used different needlepoints on the back and lined the skirt with red silk, then used a ribbon for the waistband. I used this youtube link to make the pattern:
Metal machinist chair covered in French and Viennese needlepoints with a hessian backing. If you’re looking for similar chairs then the gigantic Newark International Antiques Fair would be a good place to find one, next fair is on 18th and 19th August http://www.iacf.co.uk/newark
In the same shop as the earrings, I found these monogram letters. They had so many it was difficult to choose which ones, but I decided on these which I’ll sew to my piece of hemp coloured linen to make a monogrammed curtain for below the sink in the kitchen.
Monogram letters placed on linen material
Apparently you just sew over each letter – sound easy enough (famous last words) – I’ll show you the result when it’s finished!
French 1950s clip on earrings ‘boucle d’oreilles’ an orange rose surrounded by pearls
I bought these little french earrings today at Limognes made of (‘pate de verre’) paste and glass, they’re so pretty and probably from the 1950s.
Vintage French Jacques Fath scarf
They’ll go well with this vintage french scarf, from the 1950s. I’ve just researched ‘Jacques Fath’ and he was a famous Parisian fashion designer, who was the star of haute couture and died at aged only 42 in 1954. He was among the three most influential post war fashion designers, the other two were Christian Dior and Pierre Balmain.