I have been all over the North East of England this past week at a number of auctions. The best was definitely at Leyburn in North Yorkshire where there were lots of fabulous antique linens, quilts and antique and vintage clothing. I love to look at the clothing even though I rarely buy! The women were so small in the 19th century - tiny waists and arms and very small in height too!
This was a lovely example of a silk 19th century dress
I didn't manage to buy any of the quilts (the prices were a bit steep for me!) but it is always good to look at them and admire the amount of work that has gone into them. The crazy patchwork one was further embellished by hand embroidery motifs to each patch - a tiny spiders web, a strawberry and an owl were amongst the many images.
I am busy sorting through all my purchases and listing a lot over the coming days on my eBay site. I have lots of Irish linen sheets some with fabulous hand embroidery to the top, pillowcases, lots of Victorian nightdresses and lots of baby's Christening dresses. So inevitably I also have lots of washing and ironing too!!