Hampshire is an absolutely beautiful English county, home of the New Forest, and a lovely place to witness the wonder that is Autumn. The stress of searching for a new flat is certainly made easier surrounded by the golden shades of orange, russet and brown.
Nature has always been the primary source of inspiration for textile design, and so it is not surprising that autumn leaves feature in many designs from the 20th century.
Here are a selection of vintage fabrics that I’ve discovered whilst exploring Ebay and Etsy’s archives (unfortunately some have already sold)…
Just imagine the projects you could sew with these! So go and scour your local vintage fabric shops (I’m always amazed at the incredible selection of vintage bed linen and tablecloths at charity shops) and search for similar fabrics. Team them with corduroy and woolly tights and you’re onto a winner!
Alternatively, why not take a ‘leaf’ out of The Artful Parent‘s book (see what I did there?) and get the fabric paints out. Be inspired by these vintage examples and let your kids get involved in ‘designing’ their own fabrics- leaf printing never fails to be a fun activity! Have fun!