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 have had a delightful afternoon surrounded by lovely things, quite inspiring. I have been to visit Lizzie today and she was in the midst of her journal quilts to reach her end of year deadline. I was fascinated with the many techniques and processes she uses to build up her work resulting in some wonderful textures but more than that, real depth. I know she will show you the finished results before they go on tour or whatever they are destined for. Her chief "timewaster " Archie is a charmer and stole my heart! he had to help of course