I am an antique textile dealer and also make things from a variety of my textiles,usually things that are distressed and can be recycled to extend their life and enjoy their beauty or workmanship.
I buy antique quilts exstensively ,log cabin pattern is my favourite. "Paisley" shawls are another passion of mine,even the damaged ones find a good home with me! love the colours, so rich.
I have a soft spot for anything in wool, must be my Northern roots and upbringing,Blankets, sweaters, tweeds and felts , the more rustic the better.
Lizzy and I share a love of French linen and textiles and have a joint collection , " Franglais " which we source together on our travels, bedlinens , soft furnishings , sheets for curtains , the more rustic the better we like them Handwoven linens and hemps from the 19th cent. wonderful shirts and chemises.
I can't resist trying to rescue an abandoned piece of handworked textile ! all that thought and effort often deserves another life. This is a really fascinating mixture of pieces of canvaswork and embroidery ,some of quite an age I would imagine. It came to me in a sorry state ,found on the floor of a market,the colours caught my eye and dispite the really horrible cheap covering that it was mounted on to make it a cushion cover I could picture it on the wall as a piece of art. David made me a wooden frame so it would stand away from the wall which we painted matt black and I fabric glued it to the front ,I did not want to lose the origional backing fabric of the piece which was revealed when the rest was removed. I am really pleased with the result and it is now on my kitchen wall where I can study it and muse as to it's age and who did the work. My god daughter was the first to see it and was so enthusiastic I have offered her the second piece that came with it.