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.
This is my first blog and a bit daunting, First of all Happy Christmas to all my friends and collegues and visitors to my web site www.antiquequiltsandtextiles.co.uk which gives you a clue to my interests! It has been an extremely busy year with lots of buying trips to France with my travelling mate vintagelizzy which we really enjoy . Already the Fairs Diary is filling up next year, keep an eye on my diary page on my web site for details of events, if you need information or invitations please e mail me . I am using this period of being homebased to tidy my studio at the end of the garden and spend time really getting my web site up to date and more pro-active, and to try some new ideas on the design front My latest passion is "redwork" ,comes of being in the inspirational atmosphere of Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall for Jo's Christmas Fair ,you can't fail to be caught up in wanting to creat something ! I am hooked on the simplicity and the fact I love red and white.