Another year of Brimfield came to a close yesterday and I must say, after three years of being a Brimfield dealer and shopper, I really do leave that little town with a heavy heart. It's not just the experience of selling our wares and meeting customers – it's the fellow dealers and their dogs, spending time with my Mom and my sister Zoe (who comes for every show), drinks at the end of a physically exhausting day, quiet early mornings among the tents, and stories – lots of stories. I found some beautiful things that I'll be listing in my Etsy shop in the coming weeks and above are a few beauties that I left behind ... along with sweet Greta, who stole everyone's heart.
I naturally dyed scarves last week with Cutch and Sandalwood. The colors are dreamy – neutral mocha brown and the palest blush pink. Both Cutch and Sandalwood are trees native to Asia. The dye stuff comes from the heartwood of these trees. I'm really enjoying the process of naturally dyeing fabric. It's slow and satisfying. Planning to do a bit more in the Fall months ahead. In the mean time, these cotton gauze scarves are in my SHOP. They're screen printed in antique gold with my 'Meditation' pattern – a repeating seated Buddha – randomly arranged along the length of the scarf.
I decided to use some of my vintage textiles to make pillow covers. My first collection is made from a French linen sheet dating to the early 1900s and pieces of a Thai batik tribal garment from the 1960s – they were meant to be together.
Many of you may know that I was recently at Squam Art Workshops for their Spring Art Fair and that I fell in LOVE with everything about the place. It was a magical evening among the trees, on a beautiful lake, with the kindest and most creative people. Sounds pretty much like heaven, right? If you follow Squam (and you should!) you've seen a gorgeous, ethereal, woven heart filled with twinkling white lights in many of their photos. Well, that heart was made by the extraordinary Harriet Goodall. Harriet is a sculptural basket maker and she led a workshop at Squam last year called, Gift of the Heart, where she shared her process and taught how to make the exquisite heart shape sculpture. Here's the most exciting part – Squam is offering Harriet's workshop online this summer through August 31st ! That means that from anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night, you can experience the magic of Squam.
All the info you need to join the class is detailed in this link:
I thought I'd share one of the songs that I've been listening to quite a bit lately. It seemed to be a sweet match for these photos of Libby. She's a 'Peg O' My Heart' bisque doll, made by the K & H company in Santa Clara, Calif in the 1940s. I found her last week while searching for vintage textiles for my shop and I just can't bear to part with her. the song is: We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye performed by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra & Mildred Bailey, 1932.