One of the spin-offs of an interest in miniatures is you learn little bits of history and information about other crafts as you go. It can often lead to an interest in or love of things other than miniatures. In my case, amongst other things, I have developed a love of antique and vintage wallpapers. I could sit and look at the wonderful designs of antique and vintage wallpapers on the internet for hours and the social history behind the wallpapers of a particular era. It is a fairly recent interest so I have a lot of learning ahead of me and I look forward to it.
For those of you more recently following my blog you may not have stumbled across the you tube video I provided a link to some time back that gives you a glimpse of 300 years of wallpapers in 3 minutes:
I am lucky to have obtained a few pieces of antique wallpapers from a friend which I have shown in a previous post:
While I recently took you on a guided tour of my craft room and my treasures I realised there was one treasure I haven't shown you. It is a little 1938/39 sample book of Sanderson fancy papers. The whole book is only 7 inches by 3 inches. I am sure many of you will recognise the name Sanderson in relation to wallpapers and fabrics.
In brief, the company's start was in 1960 when Arthur Sanderson established himself in London as an importer of French wallpapers. In 1968 he started commissioning block-printers in England to print designs and in 1879 the company's first wallpaper factory was built.
The sample book I have is divided into sections and I give you a tiny glimpse of some of the contents below:
Most of the flocks are a single colour but there are two multi-coloured flock papers.
Many of the papers in this section are gold textured prints.
Approx 175 papers.
Some of these scaled down would make great mini bags and suitcases.
Some of you who have vintage houses may recognise some of the last few papers.
While I originally bought this sample book to use the papers I have found it hard to pull it apart.
I did use a tiny piece of paper for this table.
I could copy the papers of course, albeit that they are very small, but then you don't get the wonderful textures of some of the papers. I might do that though at some stage with some of the leatherettes to experiment with some miniature handbags and suitcases.
In the meantime I am just happy to own this wonderful glimpse of the past.
I do have a project in mind relating to antique wallpaper that I hope to start soon ... watch this space.
I'd better stop typing this post and try to finish my Petite Properties book-ends first though.
Have a great weekend.