Patterns at Parham

Enjoy a perfect day out this weekend in the West Sussex countryside and pick up some designer textiles at the same time
Ninety minutes from London, the picturesque Elizabethan manor Parham House is set in delightful grounds, with collections including an assortment of early needleworks. Lady Emma Barnard, Parham’s ingenious chatelaine, has hit on an idea that will delight Londoners in search of unique textiles for their homes. Fabric of Time, a weekend selling show this month, will offer vivid vintage and contemporary fabrics, rugs, cushions and clothing, from two dozen dealers and designers.

Textiles range from Joyce Petschek’s richly patterned and brightly coloured bargello embroidery ( to Cécile Witteman’s surrealist costume (

There are patchworkers ( and makers of felt hats (, and exquisite hand-dyed tissue (

Vintage textiles stalls include Cecilia St John (, whose fabrics include a roll of Forties French toile, with a design of crimson grape pickers, at £10 a yard. Others to look out for include:

Rag rug by Debbie Siniska
Rag rugs by Debbie Siniska, from £150
Debbie Siniska: Among the highlights are Debbie Siniska’s textured, boldly patterned rag rugs and cushions ( Siniska stretches hessian peanut sacking on a frame and creates a pattern by hooking the rags through the backing. Siniska’s rugs have been sold in Tate Britain’s shop and prices start at £150. Cushions are from £25 to £50.

Siniska also produces felts from sheep fleece and silk chiffon using a Japanese technique called nuno (scarves cost from £25 to £38). She runs monthly workshops in her East Sussex studio.

Linda Clift: For vintage linen, patchwork quilts or woven blankets, don’t miss Linda Clift’s stall ( Specialities include 19th century snowy white French linen sheets, from £45 to £75, many with elegant monograms and embroidered edging. Most popular are French tea towels and napkins in cheery reds and whites (from £5 to £7). Her English quilts and coverlets are from £250 to £300.

Cressida Bell's bold cushions
Cressida Bell's bold patterns on cushions
Cressida Bell: Her bold-as-brass designs, screen printed or hand- painted, appear on cushion covers, rugs and clothing, produced in her studio in East London. Her sketches for interiors depict a riot of patterned surfaces: leaves and stripes, stars and waves, birds and butterflies.

Much of Bell’s work is bespoke but she offers a selection of lamps and shades (from £59) and cushions (£45) screen-printed on heavy linen and linen flax. Every pattern is a limited edition, she explains, adding: “I never make more than 50 of anything.”

Reader offer

Homes & Property readers can get two tickets for the price of one for the Fabric of Time exhibition, on 26 and 27 April. This show is part of the Parham Garden Weekend at Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex (01903 7420210). To claim, just mention this article.

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