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 took a day off to spend a day dyeing with my spinners group from Upwey, my first attempt at natural dyeing so high excitement and I had managed to prepare a few things at the last moment with Lizzies help on the mordant front. Lizzie joined us as a guest and we had a wonderful day on Mildred Cox's Farm in the sunshine ..how lucky is that! Annabel Wilson came with her expertise and an Indigo Vat, you can book workshops with her www.townhillstudio.co.uk she takes small groups and I am going to sign up. The girls had also made up madder , onion skins and alkenet , should check the spelling on that! it is an amazing lilac/grey/taupe. I have taken loads of pictures which I will filter in later. At the end of the day to use up the vat we dipped a French sheet ...oh wow am I hooked !!!!