Hidden treasure…

Last week, Andrew and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! After many weeks of being unable to decide on how to spend the day…. we went shopping!

Actually, we spent a wonderful day together, wandering through the arcades of inner city Melbourne. There are little galleries, book shops, gorgeous jewellers (some featuring Melbourne artists) and many, many scrumptious lunch options to choose from. We even visited the crafty/girly shops.  Aren't I lucky?

Look what I found.

L'uccello vintage haberdashery purchases

L'uccello  is a vintage haberdashery store in the Nicholas Building, Swanston Street, Melbourne… and it's amazing. There, you will find every vintage notion you could imagine… spools, ribbon, lace, little packets of press-studs, hooks-and-eyes, buttons… anything that you would have found in your Nan's sewing box and much, much more. If I hadn't have been so overwhelmed, I might have remembered to get my camera out.

Kim was a delight to speak with. She has lots of stories to tell, about the origins of particular pieces and the people she meets while sourcing all of these treasures. The large spool above is made of oak, has a copper trim and is wound with a beautiful pink silk… gorgeous. I love the little glass jars too… perfect for storing beads or displaying a tiny spray of wild flowers.

Check out Kim's "swap-card" business cards and vintage packaging. They gave me a little "I remember when" moment.

L'uccello vintage haberdashery 
We also discovered Tessuti. Tessuti are in Flinders Lane and have a fantastic range of high quality, fashionable fabrics to create a hand-sewn wardrobe. There are a range of beautiful patterns available from across the world, Liberty prints, designer fabrics and any notion you could possibly need. The gorgeous range of childrens' clothing patterns (I think they were Japanese) and fabric left me with the sudden need to have more children!  If you like to sew your own clothes, it's a treasure trove!

 Tessuti2 
The photo quality isn't great, as they were taken on my phone, but I had to share! Can you see the "curtain" of tapemeasures, dividing the office space from the shop? What a perfect idea… love it.

Tessuti1 
 After loading up with cream ric-rac in various sizes, I found some treasure on the remnants table. I hope to make some scarves from this for Christmas presents. Think I might be pushed to get them done in time… we'll see.

Tessuti3 
We didn't only look at crafty/girly shops, I promise. Oh and we did decide on a magnificent lunch at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade…. and cake : ) All in all, a wonderful day.

Until next time,

Melissa x

2 Responses

  1. Verna Sherwood

    Congratulations on your 20th anniversary, and I enjoyed reading your blog for the first time. The water lily needle keep and the brooch are gorgeous and I look forward to seeing the patterns in Canada or US as well as on line!

  2. Hi Verna, thanks for stopping by. “One Day In May” patterns will be available in Canada and the US… I will be posting details in the coming weeks.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas x

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