Here are the treasures I brought home from this fabulous little fair on the weekend. I hadn't really planned on buying anything but then I couldn't resist. What a surprise..
The fabrics include soft grey wool - I was thinking it would be lovely to embroider on, or maybe make a coat for K next winter?
I also found a long length of drapey denim that I have set aside for a winter dress. And some striped cotton which is always useful for lining things.
There was a stall of beautiful vintage buttons - I could have looked at them all day. Some were tiny and made of bone, and there were also cards of buttons made from mother-of-pearl, metal, horn and wood. Some were round and wooden, like beads, but hand-painted with bright flowers.
I chose one card (so restrained!) of flat wooden buttons. They're topped with what looks like swirling white shell, but the label says '1970's buttons, wood + acrylic'. I mostly bought them because they remind me of iced biscuits.
The stall belonged to Ruth Meier, who also just happens to have a button exhibition on at the Dowse Gallery right now - I can't wait to check it out.