The Balearic Islands are really special to me.
I have been fortunate indeed to have spent many happy hours both in Mallorca and Menorca, but this is nothing compared to the 10 years plus that my beloved lived in the Balearics for. He tells me such stories of his youth there, the characters he knew and the spirit of the islands that I feel like I have also grown up there.
One of the favourite places that I have visited is Teixits Vicens, where you can buy traditional ikat and striped cloth, and if you are lucky even see it being made behind the shop. You can also buy beautiful merchandise too, from deckchairs to handbags.
As you probably know, I am a massive fan of stripes- not to mention how keen I am on slow, traditional crafting methods, so this place is pretty heavenly for me!
Recently, the lovely people at Vicens fabrics ran a competition on Instagram for items made from their fabrics. Well, I have a number of these, and being the fan that I am I decided to enter, with this picture:
|my handmade competition entry|
I drafted the skirt pattern in an easy-to-wear A-line shape, with a yoke, a front pleat, and- of course- pockets and made this skirt some time ago. It has washed and worn really well, and the fabric is a great weight for all sorts of weathers. Here I teamed it with an organic cotton stripey top from Seasalt, and my vintage Levi's denim jacket for a trip to St Michael's Mount, which is where I'm standing.
And guess what? I won first prize in the competition! I still can't believe it. Thank you so much, Teixits Vicens, I'm so happy!
Views from a Fabric Workshop
I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some snaps from my last visit to Teixits Vicens. The colours are just dreamy!
My Balearic Wardrobe
Some of my favourite outfits incorporate Teixits Vicens:
|LBD: little blue dress- my wardrobe is full of them|
|this skirt goes with everything!|
|perfect for Cornish days out|