I have a new Etsy shop:

Gorgeous little pouches made for my Etsy shop this week.  
These are just big enough to store a small piece of jewellery or some coins for your handbag or pocket

All sold now, but will be making some more for next week.  
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I have a new Etsy shop:

I've been enjoying working on some textile brooches, through this cold, snowy and dreary Winter. Here are some of the ones i'm currently working on.

 both sides - hmmm....reversible? maybe... 
 I never tire of gathering snippets of old fabric and manipulating them into shapes held together with thread and finally piecing them together like a jigsaw.  The results are random but so lovely in their own way.

Further experimenting with clay and wire for embellishing.

Two finished works in progress always a delight to get things off the 'WIP' table. 
 'Boro' purses made with fabrics given to me by two dear friends.  
I have a thing with red stitch at the moment, maybe it brightens up these dark cold days!

These delightful little scrap fabric books are made from Vintage ephemera.
There are between 12 and 18 pages of vintage ephemera scraps, including the covers, hand stitched into a booklet and then scraps of vintage Japanese, European and American quilt fabrics placed between the pages. There are approximately between 25-30 pieces of fabric of various small sizes, some are snippets and some are larger. It is tied together with a strip of vintage fabric.

The fabrics can be used in small projects or just kept and admired. You can a
lso add some of your own fabrics.

 Available in my  'New' Etsy Shop
'Fabric Scrap Books'


Felt a touch of the blues these last few days, been a bit poorly and unable to move around freely and in pain, which has lowered my mood slightly.

I did manage to get a little sorting done in preparation for my 'Boro' Workshop here on Saturday.  I have four wonderful ladies joining me and was slowly (due to a painful trapped nerve in my leg) digging out all my 'boro' resources in preparation.  In the process of delving into the dark recesses of cupboards i found these little beauties "Poetry Houses" which i had completely forgotten about.  Carefully placed in a box at the back of the cupboard wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper, it was like Christmas all over again!

These precious tiny buildings are made of paper clay.  They are so beautiful and very delicate. The walls are very thin, clay is not a medium i am used to working with.  I love the imperfections in each one.

Painted blue (matching my current mood) and embellished with ephemera, fabrics, gold leaf and sculpture.  They were part of my exhibition "Nothing but a House' a few years ago.  I made seven in total and sold four at the time.  They've been tucked away since so i thought i'd show them to you.

"The noonday dream... of real worlds"

"Because to us"

"Liberty Whispering Me"

They're made from air drying clay, modeled into the walls and roof of the house and dried slowly over a number of weeks. They were then painted with water colour paints of indigo blue and sepia.  The chairs were sculpted from mount board and words cut from vintage books.  The fabric rug is a scrap of American quilt fabric and vintage ephemera from ledgers, letters, envelopes etc embellish the walls.

These are very rough looking, holes in the roof, uneven windows etc, this was intentional.  They are free standing or can be attached to a wall via a nail or hook through the back window.  They will be available in my Etsy shop later this evening.


Well hello February already.  The scene outside my window today is definitely Wintry, very cold and snowy.  I can barely wait for warmer weather this cold seems to shroud my spirit.

Having said that, I adore seeing snow and snow falling, when settled it spreads tranquility and peace across the land creating its own unique and magnificent beauty… and there’s nothing like the snowflake for true beauty as Kenneth Libbrecht points out in his wonderful book “The Snowflake – Winter’s Secret Beauty”...

“You are a part of every snowflake: Snowflakes begin with water vapour in the air.  Evaporation from oceans, lakes, and rivers puts water vapour into the air, as does transpiration from plants. Every time you exhale, you put water vapour into the air – contributing to the ingredients of snowflakes…”

I like the idea of being part of a snowflake, it puts a fresh perspective on Winter.

Now back to the part of me that’s not being a snowflake and preparations for my 'Boro' workshop on the 3rd March 
(this workshop is currently full, but i will be doing more so if you're interested drop me an email and i'll add you to the list: tina@antiqueideology.co.uk)

I've taken over the kitchen table as my a sewing station at the moment, this is because i can multi-task and look after the shop as well.

I've also had some deliveries of wonderful Japanese fabrics, it's like Christmas all over again:

I've been longing to own a pair of these gorgeous Merchant and Mills scissors from the Antique ideology shop stock - we sell Merchant & Mills stock such as pins, needles etc but their packages always come sealed and unfortunately once opened they can't be sold! As customers want to see their contents, so it was only fair that i have one of everything so i could show them!



Happy New Year to you all

To this...

...From this

 Yes, my studio has now been transformed into a 'living room'!  Albeit a creative sort of space and still a work in progress, i haven't raided the shop yet for lighting and things to go on the wall!  and rugs are needed, should be quite cosy when finished.

and now i have this to contend with, my studio is moved to the top of the house,where it's warm, bright and cosy...if a lot smaller!

Now for some 'Works in Progress':  I've enjoyed making these new items over the Christmas Holidays...this just needs a fastening button.  I love this blue fabric, it's vintage bark cloth, soft and easy to sew, purchased from a shop in Ludlow two Summers ago, stitched and embellished with vintage/antique japanese fabrics

...and wallet for my male customers