Monday, August 10, 2009

Vintage Silk Mantles

On Sunday my sister had a stall at the Mundaring Markets and the Mundaring Truffle's event, so I scooted up in my trusty little subaru sherpa, poor old girl does find it harder going up the hill but can still pass the slower traffic, she has heart if not style. It was a lovely sunny day, poured with rain the day before, and there was a huge crowd, parking a bit of a challenge but found one in the Woolworths car park. Crossing the main road was a bit hairy, two lanes made it a scramble. There was a wonderful exhibition on the corner, not sure of the name of the building, most amazing dyed and felted clothing, very India Flint style, have a look at her website, she does amazing things with silk fabric well worth stopping for. Opposite Phil's stall was a lovely couple selling antique and vintage collectibles, found these lovely Silk Mantles still in their lovely old glassine envelopes. If you do not know what silk mantles are, I certainly didn't, bit before my time, they are these little knitted silk bags that go on the kerosene lamps. Now of course I saw the perfect little pocket to use in vintage fabric art, perfect to hold a little treasure. They measure 3 x 2 1/2" or 7.5 x 7cm and you could see an object that you placed in it. So with the possibilities of using them in art I purchased 12 and have put 3 on my etsy if you are interested. If you do not know Mundaring, it is about a 30 minute drive up into the hills, surrounded by beautiful bush and some very interesting homes, I didn't think to take my camera. Phil had a very successful 2 days and of course her stall looked lovely.


The Vintage Vignette said...

Jacky, these are very interesting little treasures indeed. I can't wait to see what you do with them. :)

lisa_crofts said...

Jacky I dont know about before your time. I knew what they were. I was only thinking of our horrible smelly kerosene heater the other day and thinking how wonderful that times had changed and I had ducted heating.
But they look really cool and I like your ideas for them.