Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Gingham Glory - The Start

This is my first attempt at a blog!  

I have always loved vintage items spending many hours in jumble sales when I was young moving onto charity shops as I started to get more pocket money. Although a lot of my collections have moved on I have always kept my linen, some of which came from my grandmother.

 I have also enjoyed sewing and in the past made a lot of clothes and home furnishings. However as work commitments increased over the years collecting and sewing took a back seat.

Now I have the time and having been inspired by programmes such as Kirstie's Handmade Britain and magazines such as Making I looked at what I could do that was different.  So Gingham Glory was born.
The first range for my shop was Linda's Linens, hand made cushions from rescued vintage embroidered table linen with contrasting gingham backs. 
My love of fabric also extends to vintage and retro patterns which I have used to produce 1960s and 1970s inspired cushions. 

Another of my favourites is my hedgehog pincushions, they can be used by sewers or look equally cute on the dressing table with brooches.

I had forgotten how much pleasure sewing gave me and double so now as it gives me a good excuse to go out hunting for old table linen, retro fabrics and lovely trimmings. 
I am aiming to give updates via this blog on my new makes and places and things that inspire me.  And if the weather improves you might get to see some of my garden!


  1. Great start! I have a lot of textile items, both antique and retro, stitched by three generations of the family. I'm tempted to cut and re-use, but my girls have warned me off destroying their heritage and memories, lol. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. I know what you mean, I tend to use the best bits of damaged tablecloths that are marked or ripped so cannot really be used. However I do use tray clothes, they really do not have a modern use but they do make lovely oblong cushions without the need to cut into them and detract from the overall design.