Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you;
Think on the Lord most holy, come
To dwell with hearts untrue:
So shall ye tread untired His pastoral ways,
And in the darkness sing your carol of high praise.

--from Keble's The Christian Year, Thoughts in Verse



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Show and Tell, Show and Ask

On my last "real" post I promised to share some photos of my prized flocked fabric stash. Without further adieu, here goes! (If you hate this kind of stuff, you can scroll down and skip ahead.)

 I adore these beautiful, mid-century sheer fabrics! I think it's one of the reasons I got into collecting vintage fabric. ("Collecting" sounds so much more respectable than "amassing", doesn't it?)

These are the fabrics that beguiled females from toddler to matron, back in the 1950s and 1960s when it came to dressing up. And now it's being held captive in my sewing room closet in a big plastic tub so I can take it out from time to time to sigh and gloat over it. Look how filmy and lovely it is--so feminine!



It's hard to resist once you get a yen for it. I especially love the pink dotted swiss with the tiny flowers.

 Now for some luscious, lemony yellows...



Some gorgeous minty green and orchid pink...

Gorgeous rich red dots on white, strawberries on pale lilac, and dainty light blue... Wish I had more of the red dot fabric, but I've just a smidgen. Enough for a doll dress, maybe.

 Not all flocked fabrics are sheer, though. Take a look at these:
 
The aqua fabric is a synthetic of some sort with a sort of bubbly surface. My sister-in-law refers to it as "whipped cream" but I don't know what it's real name is. Some kind of crepe, maybe? It has a nice clingy "drape" to it. I have some identical fabric in yellow. The lavender daisy fabric in front is, I believe, cotton voile--very, very light, crisp, and semi-sheer. And the pink fabric in back is a broadcloth-type, I think made of cotton/poly.


Here's another example I find particularly delightful--flocked pink gingham! It should make a wonderful little dress for one of the granddaughters next spring or summer. And the white fabric with the blue accents is another semi-sheer variety--you can just barely see my hand through it but not quite. 

I suppose flocked fabric is still being manufactured, but somehow I either haven't run into any, or it hasn't been enticing enough to attract my attention. These fabrics I find mainly at a few select thrift shops, and occasionally at a church rummage sale or a garage sale. I always snap it up when I find it.

Okay, now I have a few items I'm hoping one of you can tell me about.

First of all, I have this little child's dish, made in Austria:


 

It's got an overlapping rim, very handy for aiding a little child in spooning up his porridge. Any idea when this was made, or how much it's worth? I love the imagine inside. I presume it's to encourage the youngster to eat up all his breakfast so he can find the picture. Here is the trademark on the underside; I hope someone reading this post can identify it for me.


Okay, here's an oddball I really can only guess at. What do you think?




What is this thing? Is it some one-of-a-kind, homemade candle holder made in shop class? Or maybe it held a skinny cylinder-shaped cigarette lighter? I'm baffled! There's nothing to identify the maker. The scottie dog is hard plastic, and the red base almost looks like bakelite. If you can shed any light on this mysterious item--what it is, and what (if anything!) it's worth, I'd sure like to hear from you.

All righty. Enough of this!  

I did make a treasury today and I promised those featured in it that I'd post it on the blog for everyone to enjoy. Come to think of it, I made a nifty one yesterday, too. Hope you'll check out these shops!

 

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