MarysOrchard

Mary's Vintage Orchard

Stroud, United Kingdom · 28 Sales

MarysOrchard

Mary's Vintage Orchard

Stroud, United Kingdom 28 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to my Cotswolds studio where Vintage textiles are re-used to create unique gifts and decorative pieces. I use home-printing with both machine and hand-embroidery to make special elements to incorporate in my designs.

In the process of sourcing materials I often find Vintage items that may appeal
to others of a like mind, including pieces of lace, fabric, ephemera and vintage books and will list these as they arise.

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Last updated on Jul 30, 2016

Welcome to my Cotswolds studio where Vintage textiles are re-used to create unique gifts and decorative pieces. I use home-printing with both machine and hand-embroidery to make special elements to incorporate in my designs.

In the process of sourcing materials I often find Vintage items that may appeal
to others of a like mind, including pieces of lace, fabric, ephemera and vintage books and will list these as they arise.

Cathie

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Cathie

Wren assemblage in grey metal box frame
$77.33

About

Fresh vintage in the Cotswolds

It seems as though I took the long way round to become a 'maker' though even as a little girl I loved bits of cloth, patchwork and knitting dolls clothes. My brother had the best dressed action man there ever was, I kid you not!

I studied English and Drama and somewhat dreamily sewed my way through all that, thinking of a time when I would be free to create. Many other courses were to follow, squeezed in, whenever I could manage; things like stencilling with Lyn le Grice, Gilding with Annie Sloane, textile printing at Stroud college and Adobe Illustrator at Cirencester.

For a while, American folk art and Shaker style took centre stage and recently I have thought I would quite like to go back to this, maybe giving my 'fresh' embroideries a primitive, care-worn look.

At the moment I am immersed in re-using vintage French and Hungarian linens as backgrounds to my cross stitch and other types of embroideries. I work to two rhythms: quick, quick, slow - sewing and embroidery machine then hand-stitching.
Of course, the slowest part is deciding on a new design and doing the preparatory work before it can go ahead.

Country walks and fossicking in junk shops often provides new inspirations, whether it is just 'blowing away the cobwebs' or finding something with a tale to tell.

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