I had a great day last Friday at the Brimfield Flea Market. It was ridiculously hot and humid and melty. Luckily I got there as the show opened and escaped before the crowds and the heat became unbearable.
Gone are my days of spending money at Brimfield. Mostly, I go for the inspiration. I get lots of ideas from old things for my current work. Today I am going to share photos of what I found inspiring or interesting. There are of course a few sheep related things, farm related, color ideas, and other things I like. I hope you like the virtual Brimfield tour. I've added commentary when appropriate.
This was a lovely embroidered penny rug:
Loved this crazy paisley pattern on a vintage dress:
I wonder if when I am gone, my oil paints and brushes will end up at a flea market?
Another textile mill bites the dust. The sign for Wyandotte Mill of Pittsfield was for sale at Brimfield. It made me so sad, considering I worked at a mill called Warley Worsted Mills in Lowell, MA.
I am glad I don't have to use this kind of washing machine:
A gorgeous iron door stop in the shape of a ram:
This oval box with sheep and people on the lid was large, exquisite and expensive:
While we are talking farm animals, I loved this metal chicken cut-out:
I have never noticed ironstone like this with a stippled design. There was a large collection that was quite beautiful. This site has lots of it. No wonder I liked it - very expensive.
I loved this china pattern with the fluted edges and relief:
There was a man from Africa with some gorgeous textiles. This piece is made entirely of beads. The house and checked motif is quite graphic and beautiful:
He also had this beautiful indigo blue and white fabric I think made with a mud resist:
Loved this embroidered gameboard:
This pillowcase was velvet and the wool stitching was tufted and then shaped with scissors. I am working on a piece using a similar embroidery technique so this was fun to see:
This next series of photos are of the thing I found that was the most stunning and memorable. It was an embroidered single bed quilt. It was glumped in the back of a car. It was a crazy patchwork of embroidery on white fabric. I loved the spontaneous quality of the stitching. I wish I had taken more photos but since I wasn't going to buy it (for sale for $295), I stopped after 5.
I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip through my eyes of Brimfield 2014.