Season of Thrift and Festival Fruitiness

The Festival of Thrift hit Lingfield Point near Darlington this weekend. A marvellous way to spend a weekend! There are vintage caravans as mini shops or galleries, camper van cafés, fabulous food stalls, amazing artists and more thrifty vintage finds than could fill your attic! Alongside the stalls there are ‘Have a Go’ opportunities, anyone for weaving, or cardboard sculpture? Printing or jam making?

My Thrifty bits included this gorgeous needle cord fabric bought from a caravan boutique, a bag of organic pears, lots of frocks at £1 a piece- to wear or tear? Who knows but it’ll be fun deciding…as for the vintage embroidery panel of Robin Hood’s Bay..a new piece of art perhaps? Collaging it into a textile piece.

This is my kind of collage- all over the outside of a mini camper – the inside was a riot of patchwork too- beautiful!

I met a fellow textile artist who asked why I didn’t have a stall there- I don’t know…but maybe next year with a renovated Minnie the Monza??

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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