Friday, 21 May 2010

Oh, How Very

There are some shops that I go to in London just to look. For example taking a walk around the opulent food halls and grand Egyptian escalators in Harrods or wandering through the handbag section at Selfridges is all like being in a very expensive dream. They are the places where every time you dare to look at a price tag it takes your breath away and you end up having to hide it with a pretend cough or ridiculous comment like “oh, how very reasonable”.

My fabulous friend Katherine gave me a break away from the hospital yesterday and we went to another of these shops, Liberty. I do visit Liberty fairly regularly as they have a good knitting and haberdashery department but they are currently having their annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition on the 4th floor, so if you need a reason to go, here’s a good one.

The exhibition is showcasing beautiful furniture and wall art from 1850-1950. Sadly there is no knitting displayed but there is lots of very intricate and delicate embroidery. My favourite piece was a lovely art deco embroidery of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. There is also a gorgeous bed spread with birds embroidered all over it. I would have liked to have taken some pictures but despite Katherine’s constant prodding I really didn’t want to get chucked out of Liberty’s for taking a photo.

If you’d like to have a look yourself the exhibition is free and is on until June 13th. Oh and all the pieces are available to buy if you’re stinking rich.

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