Chastleton, a dressing room decked in 17th century Hungarian point embroidery
I was researching some embroidery techniques when I came across these photos of this wonderful dressing room with walls covered from floor to ceiling in 17th century Hungarian point flame pattern needlework. It is quite the most incredible room I have seen for a long time.
Chastleton was built by wool merchant & member of Parliament Walter Jones in 1603: '...it has been hanging in the house since it was built: listed in Walter Jones' inventory of chattels dated 1663, it is extremely rare & valuable.The colour gradations must have been exquisite when the silk and wool used were fresh; even with irregular fading (different dyed batches changing colour variously) the effect is splendid.' Country House Needlepoint by Frances Kennett & Belinda Scarlett, published by Guild Publishing London 1988.
This wonderful book also has patterns for reproducing some gorgeous traditional-style embroideries, a highly recommended book if you can get hold of it.
I am an obsessive textile addict, funding my 'habit' by unwillingly selling some of the beautiful antique and vintage textiles that I come across. As well as private sales, you can find me on ebay under the name vanye90, or see my ebay shop, Morgaine Le Fay Antique Textiles. A web site may be on the cards soon...
I sell mostly French textiles, but also come across English and European pieces from time to time. I enjoy ferreting out all sorts of interesting items, for example, 19th century French cottons & linens, huge chateau curtains, 18th century silks and embroideries, 16th and 17th century lace (occaisionally, when I can bear to part with them), fine linens, haberdashery as well as unused and pre-used antique and vintage fabrics such as florals, tickings, hemp runners, silks etc for projects such as cushions or pillows, framing, drapes, whatever your imagination can think of!
My new blog, Interesting Antique Textiles will discuss some of my more obscure, strange and often quite damaged textile finds with the hope that people may want to join in the discussions, and make some suggestions about the pieces based on their own experiences and textile knowledge!