Formerly Nostalgia at the Stone House

Formerly Nostalgia at the Stone House

Friday, 26 February 2016

Miss Havisham

Humiliated and heartbroken, Miss Havisham suffered a mental breakdown and remained alone in her decaying mansion Satis House, never removing her wedding dress wearing only one shoe, leaving the wedding breakfast and cake uneaten on the table, and allowing only a few people to see her. 
She even had the clocks in her mansion stopped at twenty minutes to nine: the exact time when she had received Compeyson's letter. 

Miss Havisham: "Look closer if you wish. My brother's collection. He went to the furthest reaches of the earth in his quest for the purest specimen of beauty. And when he found it, he stuck a pin through its heart. He's dead now. Cholera. In the tropics. Struck down in his relentless pursuit of beauty. Perhaps it was beauty's revenge to stop his heart when he had stopped so many others."

Miss Havisham: Come nearer. Let me look at you. Come close. Look at me. You aren't afraid of a woman who has never seen the sun since before you were born? 

Pip visits Miss Havisham, who begs his forgiveness - she realises she has broken Pip's heart, just as Compeyson broke hers. Pip forgives her, but she gets too close to the fire and her dress catches alight. Pip saves her and is badly burned. Miss Havisham eventually dies of her wounds.
Handmade Miss Havisham doll dressed in antique fragments of tattered lace, silk, muslin, millinery flowers, tinkets and paper.

Thursday, 25 February 2016


Aphra as a girls' name is pronounced AFF-rah. Possibly means "young deer" in Hebrew.
Aphra is dressed in a beautiful collection of fragile antique textiles and adornments. 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Patience is a dainty, magical creature dressed in a charming selection of antique textiles and trims. 
Her tight fitting bodice is of the softest leather made from an Edwardian kid glove. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Thursday, 18 February 2016


Gentle Poppy dressed in antique satin, velvet, lace and trims.

I have hand stitched a very poignant hand written poem on thin paper to her skirt, entitled War Weary

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Hermione Hare

Hermione Hare loves to dance in the spring - She is dressed in a collection of antique French textiles including ticking, checks and toile in shades of blue. 
Quirky little details include a bumpy braid hanging from her waist with paper butterfly nestled upon it and an old paper sale price tag stitched to her skirt. 
A millinery daisy adorns her neckline. 

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Thank You

Thank you to those who stopped-by my stall today at the South Molton Flea Market. 
The next event for me is The West Country Textile Market at Trull on Saturday 19th March.

Saturday, 13 February 2016


Philomena Fox is a confident country girl dressed in Welsh wool, plush velvet and vintage furs.
Her skirt is a c1930's French cotton fabric, printed with scenes from a hunt! A tiny hand stitched pocket gives her a place to keep her treasures that she finds out on her country walks. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016


Leaping for joy is Fawn - Dressed in a patchwork skirt of antique textiles, embellished with delicate lace hem, crochet motif, wool-work daisy flower and Suffolk puff. She also has a silk underskirt and lace bloomers.
Fairisle knitted sleeves with vintage mink and velvet bodice complete her ensemble. 


Dainty Snowflake dressed in layers of antique lace. 
I added a simple vintage mother-of-pearl buckle to her waist, and a ruffled collar circles her slim neck. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016


Viola pirouetting in a patchwork skirt of ancient French toile de jouy fabric and lace fragments.  
Silk sleeves and bloomers make her feel wonderfully special. 
Her little apron was fashioned from a vintage collar and is embroidered with a delicate pansy flower. I added the hand painted silk viola to the front of her skirt with naive hand stitching. 

Fallow and Dancer

Fallow, dressed in antique lace and salvaged textiles, including the stained lining from an c1920's beaded purse, give an authentic aged look. 

Dancer is dressed in a beautiful section from a c1920's/30's crepe bedspread, with hand embroidered flowers.