Haberdashery = Colour inspiration, a real treat for the eyes!

Yorkshire and Lancashire have a rich history in producing fabrics and although many of the mills have now closed, there are still some producing some of the best fabrics in the world, suit fabrics in particular. If you are interested in the history of the cotton mills then Helmshore Mills Textile Museum in Helmshore, Lancashire and the Bradford Industrial Museum are great places to visit.

Ribbon at my local Haberdashers.
Ribbon at my local Haberdashers.

Because of this history, in Yorkshire and Lancashire, we still have some wonderful haberdashers and fabric mill Shops. I can quite happily spend many hours in these places, not only contemplating the endless possibilities of what to make from the abundant choice of fabrics but it is also a real treat for the eyes!

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I love this mill shop and can happily get lost in this place for hours. It is like being a child in a sweet shop, I always buy more than I initially came in for.

Vibrant pom pom trim at janemeans.com
Vibrant pom pom trim at janemeans.com
Cotton reels. Photo. by Dawn Field.
Cotton reels. Photo. by Dawn Field.
Button display at my local Haberdashers.
Button display at my local Haberdashers.
Wonderful fabrics. Photo. sourced at notmartha.com
Wonderful fabrics. Photo. sourced at notmartha.com
More beautiful fabric. Photo. sourced at mouseinmypocket.com
More beautiful fabric. Photo. sourced at mouseinmypocket.com
Reels of colourful cotton. Image from owlsandsewingcat.com
Reels of colourful cotton. Image from owlsandsewingcat.com

We love to use colour in our jewellery, as you can see below.

We like to get lots of colour into our bangles, necklaces and earrings.
We like to get lots of colour into our bangles, necklaces and earrings.
A selection of necklaces.
A selection of necklaces.

All of the above jewellery can be found on our website.

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Birthstone of the month, Amethyst = February

Amethyst in the rough. Image sourced from minedirect.com
Amethyst in the rough. Image sourced from minedirect.com

Like most quartz minerals, amethyst is found all over the world. The finest amethysts are found in Uruguay, where it is the national gemstone. It is also found in Brazil, Russia, India, Zambia and Namibia.

Amethyst can be found anywhere where lava has been close to the earth’s surface. Scientists believe that amethyst is formed in two stages. Firstly, an amethyst geode is formed from gas bubbling and being captured in the lava, causing cavities. The cavities then fill up with a liquid that contains a small amount of iron, which over time forms amethyst crystals. The geodes look very plain on the outside but when cut open they reveal a spectacular display of amethyst in the middle. These geodes can be found in varying sizes.

This is one of the largest amethyst geodes. The Empress of Uruguay. Photo sourced from indulgy.com
This is one of the largest amethyst geodes. The Empress of Uruguay. Photo sourced from indulgy.com
A small amethyst geode. Photo sourced from spiritrockshop.com
A small amethyst geode. Photo sourced from spiritrockshop.com

We use amethyst often in our jewellery. We love the rich, purple colour. Below are some examples of amethyst in our work.

One of our heart necklaces with amethysts. John and Dawn Field.
One of our heart necklaces with amethysts. John and Dawn Field.
Amethyst extra long asymmetrical earrings.
Amethyst extra long asymmetrical earrings.
Amethyst cufflinks from our new Matching range.
Amethyst cufflinks from our new Matching range.
Our garnet and amethyst necklace from our gemstone range.
Our garnet and amethyst necklace from our gemstone range.
Large arc earrings.
Large arc earrings.
Halved amethyst earrings from our Imprint range.
Halved amethyst earrings from our Imprint range.

All of the above jewellery can be found on our website at www.JandDField.co.uk