Thank you for all the fabric stash love! I nearly didn't post that picture because I didn't want you to think I was such a hoarder. But now I guess you know the truth. Does it make it any better that I took three huge bags of fabric and clothes that I had intended to cut up for sewing, but probably won't, to the op-shop? I don't think anyone in my craft group would have been interested in them, so that ruthless purge made the tidy-up a lot easier.
And while I'm thinking about op-shops, I found these nice things there yesterday:
A huge amount of green barkcloth fabric (two sets of curtains, in fact) covered in trees and flowers. Some parts of the pattern repeat are a bit strange, with people standing in front of a manor-like house, but the rest of it is lovely, very old and lush-looking. I'm thinking I could make some old-fashioned looking bags from these. (I got all four curtains for a dollar each, so thrifty...)
An old, unused sketchbook, with very frail-looking blank pages, and a little book called 'A sketchbook of NZ birds' by Molly Falla, 1966. The illustrations are beautiful and carefully done, and I think these two books would make good companions on a future bird-watching trip.
some little waxeyes on a pohutukawa branch
And this book, from 1963, illustrated by Laszlo Roth. I love autumn- and these pictures are all in black and red, and very stylish.
I always think it strange to find such an old book in perfect condition, like this one is. The pages look as though they've never been turned, there are no scribbles or rips. I think it will be a good addition to the next package I send to the Northern Hemisphere.