Here are a few of the vintage pieces that I have found at these markets.
|19th Century Toile de Jouy and raw cotton muslin. Both pieces were found in the town of L'isle sur la Sorgue, which is well known for it's large antique market, held every Sunday in the central town square.|
|On the wrong side of the fabric the old quilting lines are still visible. Some loose threads are still clinging to the fabric from a previous era.|
|100% linen tea towels in pristine condition. I found these in Barjac a few weeks ago.|
|The handstitched blind hem as well as the hand embroidered monogram were sewn on with great care.|
|100% linen napkins with a hand stitched rolled hem as well as pulled threadwork detailing the border. Found in Arles at their monthly Marche aux Puce.|
|Cotton hand embroidered table runner in the French national colours. ( Found in Arles)|
|Detail of the embroidery.|
|Lace cuffs from the Cevennes region of France from the early 20th century. They are a gift from our dear friends Gigi and Gilbert. The cuffs once belonged to Gilbert's grandmother.|
|Gilbert, Gigi et moi enjoying some pre lunch "nibbles" on our little balcony.|
Here is the completed piece of boutis that I started in Madame Born's class this past summer. It must still be set into a piece of linen to finish it properly.
|These antique "boutoirs" were found at the market in Barjac. "Boutoirs" are the tools used to tuck in the ends of the cording after it has been pulled through the stitched channels. One is a silver boutoir, the other three are made from bone.|