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.
We have lunch serenaded by mad musicians sitting at long trestle tables with Terroirs en fete the Confederation Paysanne provide wonderful potatoes and onion fried in huge paella pans along with organic pork sausages or chops and salad , plenty of wine and cidre and free crepes to follow. It is a must on these visits but after a while the Breton pipes start to hit a nerve and it is time to move on usually for a siesta before doing the rounds of the whole town again. The weather was blissful . A lot of the regulars were not to be found as there had been a huge re organisation on the part of the city who organise the Braderie , we had great fun and came home with some really interesting bits but not the quantity of last year.