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.
Despite the howling wind and rain on Thursday night and the stress of worrying about the marquee Jo and Stephen were out there cheerful and welcoming when the crowds arrived to enjoy the Christmas Market and quilt exhibition at Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall last weekend Friday was bright and breezy and it was a very enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed their day , shopping and viewing the work of Jo's students. Cowslip boasts a fantastic shop for all things you could need for quilting and craft and a cafe with the most delicious home cooked food which was packed out with happy customers who know Andrew and Vicky will have made wondrous goodies. There was a great variety of stalls with wonderful handcrafted items and a good sprinkling of vintage and brocant . Saturday and Sunday the weather was wild and wet but it did not dampen the determination of Jo's many followers. There were a few moments of drama but in all the weekend was most successful. We love being there and the Welcome is warm as toast