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.
One for your Diary ...Caroline Bushell is hosting her regular Talent for Textile Fair at " The Old meeting House " Ilminster Wed April 1st 9.30 - 4pm. those of you that have been before know it is one not to be missed. The venue is delightful and lends itself to the myriad of delights your local West country Textile dealers fill it with. Fashion and fabric , linen and lace and everything connected. There is a lovely Gallery and a fantastic cafe with home cooked food. In fact everything to provide a wonderful day out. Bring your friends.... be you collector ,maker,embroiderer,or decorating your home For invitations contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Caroline 01404 45901
We are off on a jaunt to France ,and I must say all the map planning has taxed my little brain as I am having trouble with my main PC and it has all my usual "stuff " on it and I can move things about and print maps etc. but from my laptop it is totally different and I have to get them to talk to each other ...phoooof
However on the plus side I have really got into Google Earth so can eventually download the route and maps and print them off with help from my technical support...when I can find him!
I was totally blown away when I found I could stand in the middle of the road outside my niece's house in New Zealand and turn 360 degrees on the spot and walk up the street.
Anyway we are off on a new route which is why I am being so particular. We were to meet a friend but she has gone on an impromptu holiday to Spain.
She has left some goodies for me to collect, but right in the middle Fougeres which I have been to with her but not driven the route myself and we are sailing to St Malo ....so it is going to be a challenge and a magical mystery tour with a couple of Emmaus to visit too.
The French lunch hour does not leave you much time to get lost! there is a lot of things we want to pack into our day.
The ship and another fantastic buffet and even the same cabin! awaits us at 6.30 pm for the return trip overnight,all part of Brittany Ferries amazing deals.
We are sooo looking forward to it and will let you know all about it when we get back