Saturday, 23 October 2010

PARIS EIFFEL TOWER Gift Tags/Bookmarks

I had so much fun making the Eiffel Tower gift tag yesterday, I made a few more! Once they have fulfilled their task as a gift tag, they can then be used as a bookmark.

I have two slightly different sets of 3 available. Each tag/bookmark is embellished with vintage French lace, antique French ticking fabric and a print of the Eiffel Tower from my own collection of postcards. Both the print and the tag itself are aged with chalk inks.

Paris Tags Set 1


Paris Tags Set 2

Friday, 22 October 2010

Gorgeous Antique French Ticking Fabric

I was getting some of my antique French ticking fabric out for a couple of fabric collages and lavender hearts I am making, and so enjoyed the feel of it, the beautiful old patterns and colours. And I thought some of you might like some for your collages as well. I almost talked myself out of listing some pieces on here, because it is sooo difficult nowadays to find the beautiful old ticking in France. But then that little voice in my head kept telling me that I need to let go of things, I need to cut down on stuff because next year we will be moving to a much smaller house, the cottage in France ( which is almost full of treasures already, sigh ).

I have put a couple of packs together, with my most precious ticking fabrics. The striped ones are 19th C. ticking fabric from hand made mattresses, the pink damask ticking fabric is early 20th C, again from a handmade mattress. These fabrics are strong and so beautiful. They are not absolutely perfect, after all, they are a lot older than we are, lol, but they are in very good condition. A little bit of fading, stitching holes where the fabric threads have pulled apart a little where the thick thread went through ( that often corrects itself after it has been laundered a couple of times ). One small hole in the red striped ticking fabric in pack 1.

French Antique Ticking Fabric Pack 1

Fabric 1 - cornflower and wheat ear with ribbon, beautifully elegant grey - 75cm x 50cm

Fabric 2 - A very soft cream stripe ticking - 80cm x 33cm
Classic 19thC red striped ticking fabric - 53cm x 39/50 cm
Deliciously pink damask ticking fabric, I don't know which side I like better, sigh., this piece is 80cm x 50cm



Antique French Ticking Fabric Pack 2

This pack has a piece of my most favourite ticking ever, this beautiful red and grey 19th C damask stripe. Isn't it just gorgeous? It measures 65cm x 50cm

The other three fabrics in the pack are the same as in Pack 1 - this piece is 75cm x 50cm

This piece is 65cm x 50cm

This piece is 80cm x 50cm


Parting with some more French treasures

Funny little things these, aren't they? They are parcel carrying handles! In the good ole days before plastic carrier bags, purchases were wrapped up in a parcel, tied up with string, and these little handles would be attached to the string to make it easier for the customer to carry the purchase. Of course, the stores had their names and addresses printed on them. Good way to advertise. Isn't that a neat idea? These are French and date back to the early 1900s, but I remember when I was a very little girl, going shopping with my grandmother in Germany ( late 50s that would be ) and carrying a package with a handle like that.

I have used these to hang lavender bags from, and at the moment I am working on a fabric collage to hang from one of these handles. They are absolutely ideal for small fabric hangings.

I have 4 sets of three handles available, each set contains at least 1 parcel carrying handle from PARIS!

French Parcel Carrying Handle FPCH1
Set FPCH1 - £10.00 Postage £2.00 ( UK £1.00 refunded ) SOLD, THANK YOU!

French Parcel Carrying Handle FPCH2
Set FPCH2 - £10.00 Postage £2.00 ( UK £1.00 refunded ) SOLD, THANK YOU!

French Parcel Carrying Handle FPCH3
Set FPCH3 - £10.00 Postage £2.00 ( UK £1.00 refunded ) SOLD, THANK YOU

French Parcel Carrying Handle FPCH4
One of the handles is blank, so can can stamp it and make it totally unique.
Set FPCH4 - £10.00 Postage £2.00 ( UK £1.00 refunded ) SOLD, THANK YOU

Toodlepip, xxx