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.
Lizzie and I have been promising ourselves a trip to Tavistock Pannier market for many a long time and today was the day. We enjoyed the drive particularly when we reached the moors. We arrived at Tavistock and were delighted from the moment we crossed the river Tavy.It is such an attractive town and we saw our destination as soon as we arrived. It is a most historic market and has been restored to a very high standard with lovely surrounding outbuildings converted into tasteful individual shops. we soon found a few familiar faces, amazing is'nt it in our business! We made a few purchases but were drawn by delicious smells to " Bob's East End Cafe " in the corner where we sat down to a " proper " lunch home made steak and kidney puddings with marrow fat peas and chips washed down with the perfect cup of tea, more than we could eat for £6 and delicious. I can see this being a destination for more occasions as there is so much to see, we only just started to get acquainted.