Fran and I had a lovely day in Castlemaine with the Castlemaine Appliqué Group. It’s such a quaint little town, an 1851 gold rush town, with wonderful early Australian architecture. It’s about a 2 hour drive from home, via Fran’s place.
Us Melbournians have certainly had some variable weather of late, more than usual, but Saturday was just perfect. A great day for a country drive.
As we usually do when in Castlemaine, we popped into a little gem of a shop ‘Habadash’ to see if we could find some treasures… buttons, lace, linen, vintage and antique bits and bobs us ‘textile-ophiles’ love.
Some beautiful antique enamel buttons caught my eye, they looked just like pieces of jewellery… a pendant or a brooch.
Then I spied some large ornate mother of pearl buttons and was trying to decide what to choose when I saw a necklace made out of said mother of pearl buttons. Decision made!
The buttons range from approximately ½” to 1¾” in diameter.
We had lunch with the group, did a bit of stitching and stayed for Show & Tell before heading home via Threadbear Patchwork Shop of course. Corliss has expanded the shop into the building next door… double trouble!
And… I just had to have this wonderful fabric. It’s large scale, about a 7″ repeat and will make fantastic borders. A circa 1850 reproduction, Ohio Star by Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum for Blue Hill Fabrics. The colours are a bit more muted than what the image shows… at least on my screen.