I use a lot of china, vintage and new, to display the most interesting beads, lace and ribbons that I own. Above, Anthropologie latte bowls in the smaller size are used to keep beads, ribbons and vintage lace. Milk style bottles keep yet more haberdashery items on display.
Below a new addition to my collection of vintage china is placed alongside my small collection of Colette patterns and a bowl of vintage lace. The teacup will eventually be filled with craft items like the other china pieces.
I've had this picture frame (below) on my wall for a while now and the images in it were getting a bit old so I replaced them with a new set of images including a postcard of a Vogue cover, pieces of embroidery and patterned paper as well as tickets and stamps. The lemon print paper was wrapped around some lemon soaps bought in Sorrento and the French stamp in the top right of the frame was on a letter sent from my grandparents.
I keep the most colourful items out on display, if everything is hidden away in boxes I forget about it all. Above, a small shelving unit houses coloured threads and other craft supplies. The patterned notebooks (above left) are used for keeping knitting patterns and planning garments to make. I covered a plain notebook with Strawberry Thief Liberty print to create a notebook for keeping sketches of garments in.
Last Christmas I was given a small wooden cabinet with glass panelled doors which I painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in pink on the outside and cream on the inside. I lined the back of the cabinet with a dark Liberty print and added some vintage lace trim to the shelf edges. It now houses small vintage teacups and jars filled with ribbons, trims and sequins.
My ever growing collection of fashion, sewing and craft books (below left) are arranged in colour order. I'm fascinated with many things to do with art, fashion and photography so nearly every time I go into Waterstones I see another book I'd like to own. Next on my list is a book with the most beautiful images of couture techniques and a book of pictures of floral jewellery.
My collection of magazines is also overflowing because I never throw any away, they are too good a source of inspiration to look back on.
At the bottom of the photo below you can see my collection of fabrics piled in stacks on the shelf underneath the magazines, it is quite a challenge to stop them from all falling out sometimes!
The more delicate necklaces and bracelets have been hung on a wire jewellery display so they do not become tangled, it also makes them much easier to see.
I continue the theme of using vintage china to display my jewellery as I do with my craft items. Vintage and handmade brooches and hairclips look wonderful displayed on a floral china plate and if I'm honest I do mainly buy the vintage brooches for display purposes.
I embroidered this image from an illustration in a book by Sara Midda, it is so small that the whole thing is embroidered with one strand of embroidery thread.
Many Christmases ago I remember getting a set of beads and findings with instructions about how to make different pieces of jewellery. Ever since then I have mainly made jewellery instead of buying it and at several times I was churning out multiple pieces a day, so you can imagine that the hooks which I hang my jewellery on were absolutely laden down with necklaces and bracelets. If you had not seen this collection of jewellery you would have thought I only owned one or two pieces because I never really wear any. This was because I just had too much to find the best pieces and there was a lot there that I wouldn't wear again.
So the jewellery had a major going through and I've now chopped up a lot of it so that I can re-use the beads. My collection is now reduced to a careful edit of pieces, which have been arranged on the hooks in order of style, from colourful and quirky to pink, white and blue coloured pieces.