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.
Today my son Lawrence and I went to our local car boot ,it was quite late in the morning as far as booting is concerned so was not hoping for much. Lawrence found some rare records he could use for " mixing " as he is a D.J. and I found a charming embroidered picture ...more about that later... on one of the last stalls in amongst some pictures was what appeared to be a velvet printed picture the couple on the stall said Oh yes that's quite old oh yes it was in an old fire screen, something was ringing in the back of my mind so I paid my 50 pence and came on home. Later in the day I was searching my memory for something I remembered buying about 15 years ago it was under glass not the most interesting subject,but on the back was a brief explanation of these rare and quite amazing " Crossley Mosaics " so I started searching the Internet and kept getting carpets of course, I tried Carpet pictures as Crossley was stuck in my mind and Bingo it all came up in Calderdale Museum archives with a document describing the whole process of these mid 19th. century pictures.