Friday, December 16, 2011

January 2012 Antique Show

January 7 2012
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Holiday Inn Chantilly

Grand Duke Conference Room

(occurring right beside & simultaneously with the

DC Big Flea, Chantilly, Virginia)

Fresh to the market inventory including:

antique and vintage sewing items textiles &

 fabrics ribbon & trims dolls & toys

crafting items clothing quilts & more.

New for this show:

“Make and Take” Class
Debbie will be putting together a fun project
to take place on Saturday afternoon...more details to come!

Additional Dealers

A few of our good friends and fellow artists/antique dealers
will be joining us with an amazing array of antique fabrics, 
trims, toys and more!

 Hope to see you there!

The Truffle Pigs: Stacey Bear, Deb Hartwick & Kim Stout

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Our Show in West Virginia

Deb and I had a fabulous time at Paul Gordon's show in West Virginia. We were thrilled to catch up with old friends, hang out with our artist chums and even get in some antiquing. Unfortunately the photos I took on my phone are not the best but you can see a great article about our weekend over at my sweet friend Jody's Blog. She has posted some great pics of all of us with our work!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Girls Trip!

Even Truffle Pigs need to take a break once in awhile and get some inspiration. We are hoping to get together in the next month or so and visit this delicious exhibit "With Cunning Needle" at the Winterthur Museum. The touchstone of the exhibit features the Plimouth Jacket, pictured above. Recreated at Plimouth Plantation in 2006 it sheds new light on the tools and skills of 17th century embroidery masters.

Box with embroidery pattern stamps

The exhibit also focuses on the tools, techniques, and the story behind a completed piece--something I have always been fascinated by and a direction I wish more museums would take. I always think to myself, "How did they do that?"

Silk floss

Incomplete crewelwork chair cover

I am hoping there will be lots of Berlin Work (wool work) like that pictured above--it is my favorite kind of needlework.

The exhibit runs from September 8, 2011 to January 8, 2012.
You can make a whole day of it by also visiting the Brandywine Musuem,
Longwood Gardens and of course lots of antiquing and fabulous places to eat--this place is my favorite!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friends In Christmas Show

Deb and I will be at this show with our art work and antiques. This just may be my favorite show of the year! It is held in my good friend, Paul Gordon's studio which at one time was an old store and is filled with charming antiques available for sale including toys, sewing items, folk art and of course holiday collectibles. If you are lucky you can take a peak into the rabbit warren of rooms where he makes his amazing creations.

Customers from across the country flock to this intimate little event that seems more like a Christmas Party with lots of sweet treats and Paul's Special Punch. Everyone stays for the entire day, catching up with old friends and walking the streets of the quaint town of Martinsburg visiting all of the unique shops and restaurants.
Artists and friends chatting at the show.
Photo courtesy of King of Mice Studio.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Great News!

Truffle Pigs will once again be having a show at the Holiday Inn Chantilly, Virginia on Saturday, January 7, 2012 (occuring at the same time as the January DC Big Flea right next store at the Expo Center). Our show will take place in the Grand Duke Ballroom (same location we had in July).

Some exciting changes are in store as well. Paul Gordon, a great friend for many years and an amazing artist will be joining us. Paul has been collecting antiques for decades and is ready to deaccession some of his collection of sewing items, fabrics, trims, dolls and toys.

In addition, in the afternoon we will be offering some classes and/or lectures. Lots more deatils to be determined soon so check back to the blog in the coming weeks.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween and Sewing!

Witch Scissors

Pumpkin Pin Cushion

Rat Pin Cushion

Black Cat Pin Cushion & Tape Measure

Black Glass Spider Button

1920's Halloween Sewing Patterns

Owl Tape Measure

Pierrot Half Dolls

Folky Sewing Box

Metal Insect Buttons


(all images courtesy of Live Auctioneers or Ebay)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Humble and Plain

Sewing "housewife" or roll up from a confederate soldier.

Steel Clamp

Duck spool box.

Yarn make-dos.

Silk Quaker sewing pouch.

Simple bird sewing clamp.

Cotton and linen thread.
(Pictures 1-6 via, picture 7 pinterest)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Many Thanks

A gracious thank you to all who attended out first ever mini show this past Saturday in Chantilly Virginia. It was a HUGE success. We were a bit nervous not knowing what to expect when we decided to strike out on our own after we got the news we were wait-listed for the Big Flea.

Our event was held in the Grand Duke Room at the Holiday Inn and couldn't have been more perfect. There was ample room for shopping not to mention the air conditioning on a 100 + degree day! We enjoyed being able to chat and visit with our friends and customers which is sometimes difficult to do at a crowded show.  

Plans are already being made for our January 2012 event, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of January 7th---stay tuned! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sneak Peek

Enjoy a preview of some of the new merchandise we will be bringing to our show on Saturday July 23, 2011 from 10 am to 4 pm. We will be set up in the Grand Duke Conference room at the Holiday Inn in Chantilly, Virginia. Shop with the Truffle Pigs then stroll right next door to the July, 2011 DC Big Flea!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Our New (Old) Show

Truffle Pigs have a NEW LOCATION!

What: Truffle Pigs Antique Event

July 23rd, 2011 10 AM to 4 PM
(happening right beside and simultaneously with the July DC Big Flea)

Where: The Holiday Inn Hotel Chantilly next to The Dulles Expo Center
in the Grand Duke Conference Room (Look for our signs!)

Join Truffle Pigs Antiques at a special show with
even more space to bring fresh to the market inventory including antique & vintage:
sewing items textiles & fabrics ribbon & trims dolls & toys crafting items clothing quilts artist-made sewing items and more.

Hope to see you there!
The Truffle Pigs: Stacey Bear, Deb Hartwick and Kim Stout

Friday, May 20, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade (or Limoncello)


To me this saying is curious because I personally love lemons in any form. In any case....when the Truffle Pigs heard whisperings about a big change happening with our favorite show,  The DC Big Flea we were quite concerned to say the least. We hoped for the best. Then we got word that we were on the "WAITING LIST."

   It seems the size of the show has been reduced to half as the promoters have lost one entire building to a certain big box store: $#!mart. We were dissapointed but understood that the promoters had made the best decision for all concerned, which was a hard one.

   We put our thinking caps on to come up with a creative solution and this is where the "lemonade" comes in. We are going to have our own satellite show and you are all invited!

   It will take place at the Holiday Inn, located right at the Expo Center/DC Big Flea in one of the event rooms. It will happen the same weekend but we will be there only on Saturday. There are more exciting details to work out which we will post soon but in the meantime we are thrilled to be doing our own more intimate show for our friends and customers.

Stacey, Deb and Kim

Friday, April 8, 2011

Wrap Up: Our Adventures in New York

Patricipating in the Infinite Variety Quilt Show in New York was a once in a lifetime experience. Deb and I had a fabulous time at the show meeting new customers and assisting the Folk Art Museum.

Here is Deb on the day we set up in front of the case with her work.

I took this picture from above the show on the catwalk.
We even had time our last two days in town to visit some museums. We especially enjoyed seeing the textile designs of Sonia Delaunay at the Cooper Hewitt.

And on our last day there we spent time in the garment district engaged in our never ending quest for cotton velvet-so hard to find these days. We scored at Mood... and got to pet Swatch as well!