It’s with great delight that I’ve found an online company that offers its customers top class customer service. They are Big Bead Little Bead.
I was desperately looking for a tiny spring-ring clasp; very insignificant I know, but I was hoping to find a vintage clasp in order to repair a pendant and chain by Ward Brothers dating c.1918.
This adorable piece of jewellery arrived as part of an auction lot that I recently purchased (not from eBay I hasten to add). The chain was in pretty poor shape; it was knotted in several places and the spring-ring clasp was missing. I spent a considerable amount of time unraveling the chain, and then set about looking for a replacement clasp.
Google search came up with Big Bead Little Bead and I loved the look of the website immediately. I found exactly what I was looking for but unfortunately it was out of stock. I subsequently emailed them to see if there was anything suitable and sent photographs too. And here it is . . .
Within an hour, I received a friendly reply from Anna in which she offered several alternatives. I decided to go for a vintage brass curb chain with spring-ring clasp. I also purchased a further chain as it’s handy to have a spare for displaying pendants. Anna told me that if they were unsuitable for my requirements I could send them back.
My order arrived the very next day, which is amazing since I ordered quite late in the afternoon. Perhaps they dispatched via Ninja!
So, if you are looking for beads, charms, jewellery findings, or any other jewellery making supplies for that matter, I suggest you look no further than Big Bead Little Bead. Thank you for all your help!
Before I go, I just want to share the charming hand-written note that came with the crystal pendant. How sweet! Click on the image for a closer view.
To Dear Cousin Beatrice
Wishing you every Happiness on your 8th Birthday
and prosperity for future years
from your loving cousin
Last year I purchased a couple of vintage crochet blankets from Etsy. They look great in my daughter’s bedroom; the bright colours are so cheerful and fun. So recently, after finding another crochet blanket in a local charity shop, I got the idea that I’d really like to have a go at crochet myself. Perhaps I could try making granny squares and see whether I’d have the staying power to make enough squares for a small blanket?
First of all, I purchased a set of crochet hooks on eBay (£5.99) and found some soft acrylic yarn that wasn’t too expensive. Now there was no excuse!
I found a great tutorial on YouTube, courtesy of VeryPink.com. There are hundreds of tutorials available online, but I was particularly drawn to this one. She clearly knows her stuff and provides full instructions – she’s very easy on the eye too! One thing I realised is that UK and USA stitches have different names but seeing as I’m just concentrating on basic crochet techniques for now, I was more inclined towards a tutorial which I found easiest to follow.
It took me a couple of attempts to get my granny square perfect, but after that, it became easier and easier. Here’s what I’ve managed to create so far . . . . .
I’ll be sure to post photographs of the finished blankets in due course. Stay tuned!
Originally posted on Catwalk Threads Vintage:
“Class distinction has had more influence on fashion than anything else in history. Today, the social revolution has brought a kind of fashion anarchy and with it a new form of class distinction born of privilege rather than class”, says Mrs Doris Langley Moore. For the past forty years she has studied historic costume and is founder of, and honorary advisor to the Museum of Costume, Bath.
Back in August 2013, I wrote about a very sweet skirt suit by Liza Peta (read the original post here). I hadn’t seen this particular label before, and as I’m always keen to seek out further information, I asked whether anyone had come across it. To my astonishment, I received a lovely e-mail from a gentleman that had worked for the company as a UK representative, from 1966 until 1973, and also in 1977. Furthermore, he had some very fond memories of working for this company; which is always nice to know.
The ‘Liza Peta’ company was formed around 1960 in Essex. In 1966 the company was purchased by a company in Leman Street, Aldgate, London, where manufacturing, administration and dispatch took place. The first showroom opened in approximately 1968 at 41 Great Portland Street, London W1.
Clothing was manufactured in the UK, for store groups and boutiques. Exports started to Europe around 1967. The clothing comprised of ladies separates, suits and dresses, initially for the mature woman, in the medium price bracket.
The company expanded and in approximately 1967, the ‘Liza Petite’ label was introduced. This included younger styles and smaller sizes, and was very well received. Around 1968 a company called ‘Mary Wilson’ was purchased and brought into the fold; clothing included an outsize version of Liza Peta for UK sizes 16-30. The three labels covered most ends of the market being stylish, well made and very well priced.
‘Liza Peta’ was a combination of the names of the children of the original directors of the formative company.
Clothing was manufactured mostly in the UK, although some of the ‘Liza Petite’ range was made in British Hong Kong. The fabrics used in the manufacture of the clothing was both British made and imported.
Of each of the brands, there were Spring and Autumn main ranges, with two smaller mid-season ranges. Clothing was sold in the UK via various fashion fairs such as the London Fashion Fair, Harrogate Fashion Fair, and via agents in the UK and Europe.
Gasp! It’s been three long months since my last post! I really haven’t been able to concentrate on my blog, since my vintage business has been super-busy in the run up to Christmas. Great news of course, but I will endeavour to get back into the swing of things properly in the New Year.
I just wanted to end 2013 with a jolly advertisement from Woman’s Pictorial dated December 1935. It made me giggle, whilst at the same time, a little bit sickly too!
Anyway, if you’re stuck for ideas on how to end your Christmas meal this year, perhaps try a beef suet pudding? Looks a bit like a brain on a plate . . . . . . a brown coloured brain that is, with a sprig of holly on top. Nice touch!
Have a smashing Christmas everyone! And my very best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Have fun wherever you are!
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Scanned by Catwalk Threads from Honey magazine, March 1985
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Pam Hogg is 32. She went to art college in Glasgow before moving on to the Royal College of Art to study textiles. For four years after leaving college, Pam sold her textile prints to Paris, New York and Milan. Then she set up in a studio and started designing as well. Her summer collection is entitled Psychedelic Jungle – psychedelia meets a hippie’s Glastonbury.
Find out more from the official Pam Hogg website.