Formerly Nostalgia at the Stone House

Formerly Nostalgia at the Stone House

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Antique Fabric Sample Book

I have been wanting to create this for so long...And once I'd started, I realised how long it was going to take to finish! Its been several days work, but finally its done...
Using a beautiful Victorian photograph album as the base, I have been adding samples of my antique French Scheurer fabrics. 
About 7 years ago, I was lucky enough to be able to buy a large quantity of beautiful unused examples of the fabrics. Since then, I have always been a little wary of cutting into them to use in my crafts, but I thought by creating this mini archive, at least a small record of them with always exist.   
Each fabric has been glued onto card and then slid into the album. 
The fabrics date from 1884 to 1905 and are truly exquisite. 

The album with its decorated pages is pretty too! 

I shall be offering it for sale at The Vintage Brocante, but if it doesn't sell, I shall be happy to retain this for myself! 

Friday, 19 August 2016


Introducing Nona in her French finery. 
I've dressed her in a delicious collection of antique textiles,
including this rare toile for her skirt, which has had a previous life...
It had a scalloped edge, tattered from being salvaged many years ago...which I have embraced and used as the hemline.
Beneath this she has a check muslin petticoat and bloomers with hand embroidered broderie anglaise at the knees.  
She is another piece created for the Dorset Brocante next month.
I am also in the process of relaunching my on-line shop with a new look and will add some of my handmade dolls as time allows.  
Other pieces that I have been working on are lots of handmade greetings cards created from antique ephemera...

Special one-off gift ideas in hand decorated boxes...
And embellished vintage treasures found along the way...
Thank you for visiting x

Monday, 15 August 2016


My latest OOAK rag doll to be completed is Agatha. 
She is dressed in a rare antique French check linen... 
I love the old hand darning stitches, which I have chosen to feature at the front of her skirt, to give an authentic antique feel to the piece. A fabulous vintage lace trims the hem. 
She has a crisp cotton petticoat, linen bloomers and striped ticking leggings. 
She has a floral linen bodice and a buff linen jacket with a mix of buttons. 
Ready for the Dorset Brocante next month. 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

The Larmer Tree Vintage Brocante

Busy creating more one-of-a-kind dolls for the Brocante next month...
This is Ottilie
Dressed in a collection of rare antique French textiles...

And special trims.
And a little fairy friend called Oonagh. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Found time this week for a little bit of sewing and from my studio workroom appeared Verity! 
She is dressed in a C19th French linen skirt with pretty ruffled hemline.
Beneath this is a pair of bloomers made from antique broderie anglais. 
She has a sweet fairisle style pullover with French Vichy check sleeves. 
She will be coming with me to The Larmer Tree Dorset Brocante. 
I'll be taking along lots of other pretty handmade treasures too... 

I am regularly updating my Instagram feed with lots more photos each day. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Handmade Greetings Cards & a Date for the Diary

I've been busy producing some handmade greetings cards, creating them from antique ephemera, lace and hand crochet. 

Smaller ones resemble antique sample cards.
Left blank inside, they can be used for all occasions. 
I shall be storing them away for an upcoming event that I am excited to be a part of. 
- One for the diary if you love a quality fair...
Sunday 18th September
The Larmer Tree Vintage Brocante
10.30 - 4pm
The Larmer Tree Gardens, Shaftesbury, SP5 5PY