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Vintage Fabric Bird Art Canvases at yay retro now

I am delighted to have introduced a new range of bird art canvases into my online shop. I make these using genuine vintage fabrics and high quality felt. Each canvas is a perfect 20cm square and are ideal to prop on a shelf or quickly hang on the wall (all you need is a little nail, pin or tack!)

Take this cutie which features 3 unique yay retro vintage fabric blackbirds, surrounded by carefully chosen flower power fabrics from the 1950s/60s. Each canvas includes machine and hand embroidery, and added mixed media details such as glass beads or vintage buttons and felt details.

The canvas below features a detailed genuine vintage fabric bird, on a patchwork of vintage and recycled quality fabrics with machine and hand embroidery. Easy to hang or prop anywhere in your home, these make fabulous gifts and are completely unique. Take a look at my range of handmade genuine vintage fabric bird ornaments and canvases here.

Make one of these unique artworks yours today and stand it on a shelf or hang from a hook or tack on the wall! Don't forget, everything in the shop includes FREE UK mainland postage!

Decorate with Mid Century Fabric Birds from yay retro!

Now you can decorate anywhere and everywhere with yay retro's vintage fabric birds.

I've carefully chosen 1960s and 70s fabrics to create this unique range of birds which can be stood on picture frames and shelves.....

Hung on door or drawer handles...


......or more conventionally on hooks on the wall. 


Hang them within the leaves of pot plants...

yay retro's vintage fabric birds can complement your existing mid century bird collection, as above with this Carltonware bird! Indeed, if like me you adore Hornsea or Poole Pottery birds, then yay retro's fabric birds are sure to bring you joy. Every single one is completely unique and handmade - Shop the collection here.

Vintage Butlins Tea Towel for sale at yay retro now!

Butlins was THE holiday destination for UK holiday makers back in the 1950s and 60s. Back when factories closed down for a fortnight and people caught the train or bus to go on their annual break, Butlins offered hardworking folk the holiday of a lifetime.

They offered lots of different activities, from sunbathing around the pool, knobbly knees and beauty competitions as well as ballroom dancing and stage shows!

This fabulous rare and collectable 1950/60s tea towel has the very best mid century illustration of a young couple by the swimming pool. It comes to you in unused condition and would be absolutely perfect framed as a piece of art in any room of your home. Snap this stunning tea towel up now by clicking here!

1960/70s Vintage Fabric Birds at yay retro

If you love 1960/70s Flower Power fabric, then you will adore yay retro's range of vintage fabric birds! Decorate for Spring with some of these delightful birds....They can be popped anywhere to create a lovely display, which will last all year round! From £8.50 inc postage....why not buy several to create a flock of happiness? 

Prop on a shelf, hang on the wall or on a furniture handle, anywhere for a pop of colour and joy! Shop for one of these fabulous fabric birds now, handmade by me in Totnes, Devon xx 

Buy Vintage Fabric Birds - The Ideal Valentines Day Gift

Show the Love, Give a Vintage Fabric Bird this Valentines Day

I make these lovely hanging birds from vintage Flower Power fabrics. They are all unique from 'Freya' above, who is a Scots lass through and through; to this flock of 1960/70s bright orange beauties who include 'Maisie', 'Felice' and 'Daisy'. Each is named to emphasise their individual characters! 


Hang them on indoor plants, furniture handles, shelves or on the wall to bring lots of joy! Whether you buy for yourself or a friend, these cute vintage birds are sure to make you smile. Pop in to see which ones are available to buy now.

Tammis Keefe Tea Towel for sale in UK now

Tammis Keefe is one of the most sought after names in the vintage world of tea towel, hanky and fabric collecting. Working in the 1940s as a textile print designer, she created prints for home furnishing mid century fabrics. Later in the 1950s and 60s she started designing handkerchiefs and tea towels. Now it is very hard to track down any tea towels designed by her as they are so sought after. 

Tammis Keefe's Mid Century Fabric Designs are Super Sought After!

Happily, yay retro has a Tammis Keefe Christmas design tea towel to buy now! This comes in a deep rich green, yellow and red & features three angels decorating the Xmas tree.  The word 'Noel' is on one of the angel's dress. This comes in superb condition which has been freshly laundered. Make it yours today and enjoy this incredible design all year round - very hard to let go!

Vintage 1950/60s Butlins Tea Towel for Sale

Butlins Holiday Camps were set up back in 1936, and were a fun destination for British workers up and down the country to go to with their families. Back in a time when foreign travel was not even thought about by working class people, Butlins offered excitement, shows, dancing and relaxation by the sea for many.

According to the Butlins website, Billy Butlin wanted to create a “place of colour and happiness” for everyone.  This fantastic vintage 1950/60s Butlins tea towel sums up the colour and joy of the typical 1950/60s holiday. Printed with the typical 1950s black, red, yellow and blue colour scheme, this must-have rare collectible tea towel is available to buy in the yay retro shop now! Click the picture to find out more.

1950/60s Butlins Collectable Tea Towel for sale at yay retro

Vintage 1960/70s Belinda Lyon Tea Towels For Sale Now

Back in the 1960/70s renowned illustrator Belinda Lyon was commissioned to design a range of Psychedelic animal tea towels for Oxfam. These are now very collectible indeed and rarely come up for sale. Happily, yay retro have a Dandylion, Daisy Cow and Fox design tea towel in stock to buy right now! 

These Midcentury design classics are must-have items for your modern vintage home. The perfect artwork to frame for any room from lounge to bedroom, kitchen to dining room, office to craft room. Plus they are sure to draw admiring comments.

Click on the photos to find these fantastic Belinda Lyon tea towels and more.

Belinda Lyon Fox Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam

Belinda Lyon Daisy Cow Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam

Belinda Lyon Dandylion Tea Towel Designed for Oxfam

Buy Crochet Throws & Blankets, Handmade in Devon

Handmade Crochet Throws and Blankets made by Sue of yay retro in Totnes, South Devon

Hi there, I'm Sue who runs yay retro! I make and sell handmade crocheted items.  One of my most popular items are my throws and crochet blankets.


Often I create unique crochet throws using my own designs, like the retro spot throw above.

Because I love crocheting so much, I add different designs to my website most weeks, with colour themes and designs varying regularly. I always try to use colours that are in fashion, keeping a constant check on interior design trends.  This means you are sure to find a throw that suits your home or that of a friend. 

My new offset granny square designs with asymmetric stripes.

I have been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years and also hold a Fine Art degree from The Winchester School of Art. I think that this background in the arts adds a little *something* to all of the crochet I make and sell. What do you think? Why not take a look at everything I've made, including blankets and throws I've sold to date. 

This blanket has the look and feel of the 1950s and early 60s., due to the colours chosen.

With the resurgence of Flower Power and Vintage styling, crochet is currently enjoying a massive boom in popularity. I always aim to have blankets available for those of you who love midcentury design. A well made crochet throw can add colour and texture to your home and is sure to attract lots of attention. I also make totally unique and unusual pattern and colour combinations...

Completely unique, one-off crochet blankets, which are designed as I make them....

If you like something it's worth snapping up as I probably won't ever make another the same! As I mentioned above, I create many crochet blanket designs out of my head, making pattern and colour decisions as I go along. This means that you would never find another the same anywhere. If you adore having lovingly made items in your home, which are unlike anything you can buy anywhere else, then yay retro is for you.  You can even commission me to make something just for you. Simply get in touch. Pop in to yay retro now to see the huge range of crochet blankets and throws available to buy right now. - all hand made by myself in Totnes, Devon.

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