Brocanting

News….The French Muse, gather, connect & be inspired!

by Ruth February 16, 2015

I am pretty excited to reveal what I’ve been working on the last two months but there are just one or two details to finalise… I’ve been clocking 15 hour days (and weekends – sorry kids) to create our new website  so I haven’t been as present as I would like here. Mea culpa!   […]

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Postcards from Avignon & the not to be brocante

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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This weekend past I made a futile attempt at treasure hunting. A slow Sunday morning was forgotten for an early morning start, my alarm rang out shrilly at the crack of dawn and bleary eyed I drove 55 mins to find the marché aux puces had been cancelled at the last minute, no reason was […]

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Winter montage, Gold, silver & blue

by Ruth December 8, 2014
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  After the last few fervorous months of launching Exquisite Threads, taking out ribbons, choosing which to part with (and which to keep) and photographing the final choices, I realised I hadn’t made anything in way too long. So I took out my beads and my boxes of forgotten notions which had been secreted away […]

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Inside a textile flea market

by Ruth November 18, 2014
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So I wanted to share these earlier but between a sick little boy who is off school and photographing some of the treasures I found at the weekend – I have delayed posting about my treasure truffling excursion at the weekend – so without further ado. I do apologise in advance for the not so […]

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Found treasures, brocanting paper & ephemera

by Ruth November 10, 2014
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I passed a sign for a ‘Depot Vente’, the French version of a consignment store. I’ve passed this store more than a thousand times on my way to leave Charlotte to creche but never had the time to stop and have a look. On a whim, I pulled off the main road and into the […]

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Halloween notions

by Ruth October 26, 2014
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I’ve been collecting jet embellishments and gold coloured notions so putting together a spooky Halloween themed treasury wasn’t too tough. I just had to restrain myself from wanting to put everything in. I found myself at a brocante in Bonnieux this summer, mesmerised by a box of old photographs, mostly portraits of couples. At first […]

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Open atelier day at home for Rubanesque & Exquisite Threads

by Ruth October 19, 2014
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So last week I welcomed me first large group of buyers into our home. It was slightly chaotic. Up until now I have only had one shop, Rubanesque to exhibit at open studio days and never to more than 6 guests at a time. So with two shops, Rubanesque and Exquisite Threads, and a combined […]

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Crépaux & Wydemans, silk & tulle ribbon crafted in Lyon, France

by Ruth October 13, 2014
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I love the adventures I inadvertently embark on after opening up a dusty old box full of antique silk samples. The original salesman tag mark the ‘patron’ or pattern number and the company C & W Lyon, it’s a company I’m not familiar with…and so the adventure begins. I searched everyone online for a reference, […]

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Truffling at the brocante for antique textile treasures & notions

by Ruth September 30, 2014
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Only one thing is motivation enough to make me set my alarm for 6.30am and to not hit the snooze button despite being woken up three times overnight…. a fabric fiends flea market… Three cups of coffee to kickstart the brain Focussed straight ahead, trying not to feel queasy as I drove around the precarious […]

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Peak into an 1892 antique French ribbon ledger, Saint Etienne

by Ruth September 23, 2014
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Another glimpse into our family silk archive room. One shelf contains rows and rows of these beautiful thick, hard backed folders. The numbers (seen here) 23 – 29 denote the order from youngest to oldest. The four digit number e.G. 4049 4177 refers to the reference of each ribbon contained within. So to know what […]

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