Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Walk Down Memory Lane with Laura Ashley

Hands Across the Sea Samplers has a brief biography of Laura Ashley today that shows one of her needlepoint kits.  These were very popular in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

Here's a rose wreath apparently called "Country Rose."

This is a very lovely needlepoint floral.

I found another pillow design in this not very good photo from eBay.

Another pretty floral.

This is a pansy design stitched with wool.

All the kits I saw from Laura Ashley in the early 1990s were screen printed and kitted with tapestry wool.  I stitched a small rosebuds piece myself that was probably intended to be a pin cushion.  I gave it as a gift so I don't have a photograph but I think this is it.  It may have come in a blue floral version as well.

This is allegedly a Laura Ashley needlepoint but I can't see the logo at the top of the page.

These seem to turn up on eBay regularly.  If you love English style tapestry, keep an eye open for some of these beauties.

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wenhkc said...

What a blast from the past! I sewed a dress when I was in college, using Laura Ashley fabric. Unfortunately, I gave the dress away, otherwise I could have deconstructed it and used the very nice cotton for quilting. I do like English style tapestry (endless basketweave, but mindless for when I really want to concentrate on TV or am too tired to plan stitches for one of my hand-painted canvases).

The Chilly Hollow Needlepoint Adventure said...

I still have my two Laura Ashley jumpsuits. I even wear them occasionally. They are corduroy and will probably never wear out.