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.
Thank you girls I have just about got the hang of it! you really have to concentrate ! I suddenly found I was on three needles also I found if I did not pay attention it got twisted but after a few rows I got into it and it was easier, this camera distorts colour this is a really pretty blue wool !
I am having a haberdashery rush again ! Thank you Candace for the " Perfect Pinker " instructions , really appreciated. I have been trolling the charity shops and searching in my sewing boxes for more gadgets. I love these little bits of household history and the artwork that goes with the packaging.
These are just some of the many aids for darning! the green Bakelite topped one on the left actually takes a battery and has an internal light to show up your work !!!!! the other Bakelite piece about the same age I would think calls itself a darning egg and comes in half so you could put your needles inside .
The mushrooms come in many forms but the other shape looks like a maraca, people can't resist giving it a shake
Knitting bags are fun ,I have sold lots as summer bags, how many different handles must there be??
I am thrilled with this pink 1950's plastic case..love these summer colours.It is registered and made in England, how nice is that ! It has a ruler top and bottom and a gage for needle size..all in " old money "though.
These are just a selection of fun things you will find on my stall at The Bridport Rag Market April 18th , Honiton Tuesday May 5th and Poundbury Dorchester May 20th. Along with my quilts French linens and fabrics and much more