Bunting and Bluebells!

bunting strung from a wicker basket in a woodland full of bluebells

Vintage Dorset's hand-made bunting and bluebells at Bulbarrow

There’s something quintessentially English about bunting. We took our purple and blue bunting and a picnic up to Bulbarrow whilst all of the bluebells were out for some great bunting and bluebell photos. Steve is a travel and landscape photographer and he captured the spring light just perfectly! For more of Steve’s work visit Steve Atkins Photography.

Bunting (or bunt) was originally a lightweight worsted wool fabric or tammy. These worsted “tammies” were made in Norfolk from around 1594 and were used for making ribbons and flags including signal flags for the Royal Navy. In white and more recently in colours, they have gradually evolved to become a signal of celebration perfect for parties, weddings and celebrations.

Bunting in the post-war era was generally single thickness and sewn from old shirts and scraps of fabrics whilst in recent years its often seen in rather nasty plastic (made in China) or bought from Tesco. We don’t do this kind!

Vintage Dorset bunting for hireOur bunting for hire is all hand-made cotton print or cotton and satin-ribboned, double-thickness so it always looks fabulous and holds its shape perfectly with long end ties (which are essential for tying it up and usually far too short!) We have over 300 metres of it  in vintage and retro colours. It generally comes in 5 metre lengths (just over 16 feet). Bunting is for hire from Vintage Dorset for just £3 per garland (60p per metre) – this is cheaper than it costs to make from scrap fabric!

How much bunting to I need for our marquee?

People generally underestimate how much they need! We find that 20 metres (4 garlands) of bunting will dress a room or small hall quite nicely allowing swags between fastenings – but you need at least 50-80 metres (10 -16 garlands) for a marquee with an extra 10- 20 metres if you want to dress the entrance.   If you want some sumptuous vintage bunting then do ask us for a quote. We can post it to you within the UK and you just send it back after your party

Vintage Bunting for Hire

retro styled bunting

Retro bunting for 1950'2 to 1970's


Published by vdorset, on 24th May 2011 at 1:48 pm. Filled under: Vintage Activities,Vintage Arts,Vintage Fashion,Vintage Homeware Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Comments Off on Bunting and Bluebells!