It’s funny how things seem to group together, or maybe it’s a symptom of having a pattern-matching type of brain, but I seem to have collected recently an array of Vintage Tube Map tea towels which I’ve made into cushion or pillow covers. It’s interesting (for me) to see how the maps develop over time as new lines are constructed or branches extended and the map takes on it’s own life as it flexes and expands over the decades.
The earliest I have is from the 1950’s although it is titled “Railways” it clearly shows an early London Underground map.
The newest Tube Map I teamed with a blue back and a vintage silver uniform button.
This one made it onto the front page of Etsy today which I’m very proud of!
This one dates from the 1960’s as the Victoria Line hasn’t extended to Brixton yet….
and the last in the collection is from the 1970’s which I teamed with a lovely thick grey wool reverse and a silver uniform button.
Update: We’ve made some smaller tube map cushions from vintage (late 90’s) cotton tube map handkerchiefs which are available here.
I’m really please to announce that Hunted and Stuffed will have a stall at the launch of Make It Grow It Sell It in Brixton this Saturday 10th Sept. You can find out more at their website.
Come down to Station Road and say hello!
“The Brixton Market Traders Federation is very proud to launch Make It Grow It Sell It – The Brixton Makers market event for the community. Here you’ll find beautifully made arts, craft, food, homegrown plants and flowers. We’ve also got live music and fun workshops.
We aim to provide a platform for the talents of people who grow their own produce and those make or design their own products, and encourage the community to buy locally. And you can also purchase your goodies using the Brixton Pound.”
MAKERHOOD is an amazing new website which connects local makers in Brixton and environs in SW London with local buyers.
It’s like an anti-Tesco conceived and made by volunteers.
A Hyper-local Etsy where you can meet your buyer to hand deliver your product and maybe have a coffee too.
In Beta, it’s growing day by day and creating new communities as it goes. Rolling out to your town soon?
I was lucky enough to be selected for a “Meet The Makers” interview on the site so click here
if you want to know a bit more about Hunted and Stuffed or where to find the friendliest coffee in Brixton.
I’m really pleased to announce that
BRIXI now stocks vintage cushions by Hunted and Stuffed!
Brixi is a magic shop…a curiosity shop selling old and new oddities…come and explore!…
Unit 7 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PR
Follow BRIXI on Twitter @brixi7
Inspired by the royal wedding, I’ve been making some unique vintage cushions using souvenir handkerchiefs from the coronation in 1953.
For these round cushions I managed to source two matching hankies in cotton featuring flags from all the countries of the commonwealth. I have used a vintage ensign to make the reverse and have trimmed with a red pom pom fringe. (Sold out)
This is a one-off unique vintage cushion featuring a silk crepe hanky with a Coldstream Guard, Beefeater and lovely illustrations of important London landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey with flag standards in each corner.
Trimmed in a lemon yellow pom pom fringe and backed in royal purple velvet, hand stitch finish. (Sold out)
First silk scarf cushion hot off the sewing machine & it’s a big one!
I sourced this striking silk twill scarf featuring a portrait of a woman and signed by Picasso and teamed it with a vintage green silk (which I picked up in Spain from the costume box of a long-defunct ballet company) for the back.
The colours are really jewel-like and bold and measuring 32″ x 32″ it’s big too, making it a real statement piece. (Sold)
Here is the companion piece to my first commemorative cushion.
Featuring the “Keep Calm and Carry On” motif in black text on a white background on one side and a map of Britain on the other.
The reverse depicts ‘THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ with the map of the UK showing RAF Fighter Command airfields. Five different planes fly in from the top left corner including the Hurricane and the Spitfire. The RAF wings logo decorates the bottom along with the famous quote by Winston Churchill:
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Another pair of vintage Tea Towels that seemed to form a natural alliance. This time the iconic “Keep Calm and Carry On” motif designed by the Ministry Of Information during the Second World War. White text on a red background.
Side two depicts OPERATION OVERLORD, the codename for the Battle of Normandy, and the Normandy Landings (commonly known as D-Day). It features maps of the South of England, movement of troops across the Channel to France, soldiers, emblems, planes and even a picture of the first house in Occupied France to be liberated. (Now sold)
This gorgeous vintage 1950s fabric was hunted last month. It’s a barkcloth in a beautiful rich orange with tree silhouettes printed on top in a Lucienne Day style – very mid century modern! I teamed it with a heavy light grey wool to really make the orange stand out. There was enough fabric to make a set of four 18″ x 18″ cushion covers which fasten with zips along the base so they can be removed for cleaning. This is the second project off the ground for Hunted and Stuffed and there are lots lined up that I’m excited about too which I’ll be posting here as and when they are finished.
I have just finished the first cushion off the production line. It’s a Queens Silver Jubilee 1977 commemorative up-cycled tea towel backed with a beautiful matching heavy satin.
Complete with a luxury filling it measures approx 19″ x 29″ which is a standard pillow size.
Check out my etsy shop at www.huntedandstuffed.etsy.com to see more.