Thursday, April 19, 2012

Colour and movement

Well hello, sorry to be a while checking in, it has been a very busy time since Easter, school holidays, the annual quilt convention and I decided in the middle of it to entirely move the shop around. And I really do mean entirely, I decided on a bit of a whim to see if the giant 4 metre long Harveys counter might look better running the other way in front of the French doors. This meant moving just about every other piece of furniture also, and did it look better??.... of course NOT!! So anyway we now have more shelves for fabric (filled to overflowing almost immediately) and a new and almost complete set for our ever expanding range of ribbons, lovely.
We have had so many new stock arrivals I can't keep up, the most special delivery however was made by Mr Harvey himself. Two big heavy boxes of superb John James needles, I don't suppose he thought after packing up their haberdashery store and lugging all the remaining stock away that he would have to bring it back so soon. Harveys was a Melbourne institution for over a hundred years selling all manner of tailoring and dress making supplies, and when Mr Harvey retired last year we bought his store counter, and now we have a wide range of his John James stock too. 
Sunday I made it to the quilt convention, mainly to pick up a delivery of gorgeous new Yuwa fabrics from a supplier, but I some how managed to come away with a giant stash of new pieces of mostly civil war fabrics and linens, I made a bee line Quilters Barn and Threadbare as I rarely get up to Castlemaine these days.
I am off to Queenscliff in the morning to help Mrs Sew and Sew (superb crewel embroiderer and teacher) and her group of ladies set up a fund raiser exhibition and sale of embroidery and other lovely things. I will update the details tomorrow as I have left the flyer at the shop, if you are in the neighbourhood make sure you pop in for a visit.

So many beautiful arrivals form France this week, Victorian silk brocade ribbons, vintage Swiss silk treads, rustic linen sackcloth, a fine antique embroidered monogram linen sheet, rolls of lovely pink vintage ribbon, huge reels of antique metallic gold thread and more spools of silk from Marseilles.

Great new vintage French buttons

Gorgeous new fabrics from Yuwa.

Lovely new Athill range from Moda

New delivery of this superb book on Lanvin, so beautiful I almost can't look at it. Teamed up here with some of our vintage ribbons in the same colours from the same era, too lovely!

Have a gorgeous week x

Ps. does the new photo format work for you? are they too big, too small, take too long to load?? Just trying a few things out and would love feedback, especially if they make it less pleasent to visit.


  1. Loving the new photo format - no probs with loading and definitely no probs with viewing the gorgeous contents.

  2. Me parece precioso su blog, le visitare a menudo.
    Mª Victoria