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Eileen McIntosh is a bit of a magpie when it comes to buttons, trimmings, patterns and books.
She sifts through garage sales and op shops searching for haberdashery that catches her eye to create unique costumes for dolls.
‘‘I don’t do much sewing for myself nowadays, but I do like to dress the Barbie dolls,’’ she says.
‘‘They’ve all got trousers and knickers, I don’t sell any dolls without knickers, and they all have a little blouse and a coat.’’
Her keen collecting means she has a treasure trove of items to sell at the Fabric-a-Brac this Saturday.
The event sees stallholders selling vintage fabrics, knitting goods and sewing paraphernalia to other crafty individuals.
No completed are for sale.
‘‘It’s things that you have bought, but never
items made anything with. And we all have a lot,’’ Mrs McIntosh says.
‘‘It’s a good atmosphere. Everybody has their own interests.’’
This event will be the third Fabric-a-Brac held in Auckland.
The popular event
is free to enter and is a good opportunity for craftspeople to pick up unique items for their projects.
Throughout the morning the Mercy Hospice also sells baking and cups of tea.
people put on the best morning tea. I’ve been dreaming of it,’’ Mrs McIntosh says.
Stallholder: Eileen McIntosh’s dolls will not be sold during Fabric-a-Brac, but a treasure trove of sewing items she has collected will be.