Monday, September 30, 2013

French Vintage Industrial Beauties

These lovely wooden vintage industrial shuttles and bobbins where used to weave fabric and ribbon silk jacquard and come from a ribbon factory in the Lyon region of France. Lyon was particularly associated with the manufacturing of silk ribbons as this was a traditional area of silk manufacture. This industry played an important role in the economy and by the 19th C Lyon had 310 silk factories not only exporting their goods to America and England but also India and even China. 

These industrial beauties with their aquiline and graceful profiles are made from a blond wood and many of them, over time have developed a wonderful patina through being handled and used.

Complementing the bobbins and shuttles are these original ribbon patterns. These works of art are hand painted in gouache and show just a small variety of the colours and patterns that would have been manufactured. They come from the mid to late 1800's with hand written notes on the back in French. The penmanship is exquisite with many of them including the designers signature and the date it was designed. These pieces are magnificent mementos of a bygone era.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Cotton Bias Bindings

Our lovely cotton, folded-edge bias bindings are made in Melbourne. Cut just a little wider, at 2.5cm finished, makes them perfect for edging all sorts of projects, even bulky quilts.

You can buy them online in 3m pre cut length.

Available in a variety of colours and sweet prints.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Lovely Fabrics just arrived at l'uccello

We just had to share these lovely fabrics with you all.
A lovely romantic selection of fabrics by popular designer Judie Rothermel. These designs hark back to a bygone era and are perfect for your patchwork and quilting projects.  

The designs are so delightful we could not resist taking
some close up photos of the designs....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stylish Ladies Handkerchiefs

Handkerchiefs are an accessory of dress both beautiful and useful. 

Brand new this week at l'uccello are a gorgeous selection of handkerchiefs. The first two pictures are a selection made from liberty 100% cotton fabrics with a traditional hemstitch finish. Such a lovely variety of patterns and colours are available.

Also, from Italy are a fun collection of handkerchiefs by Armando Caruso, featuring kitty cats, stylish vespa riding ladies and beautiful blooms. 

These gorgeous handkerchiefs are just perfect for dabbing away tears of joy! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I dream of Thee........

This charming post card from 1911 is just one of our selection of vintage cards, swap cards and paper ephemera that has been collected by Kim and is available in store at l'uccello It is so lovely to think of this little card being posted off as a reminder that you are in someones thoughts, the back has a short sweet message from brother to sister. 

post marked

Dear Sister, 
We are all well here and were glad to hear that you are the same. Elvira is still in ? well. I got your cards to day. I haven't any valentine cards and so these must do for this time. Hoping to hear from you soon.
with love

And below are pictures of our vintage seed packet stand that houses the rest of our paper ephemera.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Fabulous Inouitoosh Scarves

A collection of divine soft scarves has just arrived from Inouitoosh. Such beautiful colours and designs make these the perfect accessory for our Melbourne Spring. They are delightfully warm with a generous scale making these scarves incredibly versatile to wear. Designed in France these beautiful shawls are "born of a love of beautiful textiles" by two friends Lise and Mathtilde at their studio in the Baie de Somme. A love of natural fabrics and respect of traditional techniques makes these scarves uniquely beautiful. 

Here are just a few that are available in store at l'uccello as well as online.

Monday, September 2, 2013

From Paris with Love............

We just had to share our most recent haberdashery find. 
Beautiful vintage French ribbons in a variety of sorbet colours. The moire (watermarked) ribbons that are over 18cm's in width are exceptional.  

In store now.