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 was inspired to use some bits of indigo 19th cent. quilt that are so wrecked it had to be something small to use them. I love these prints and the quilts so much every piece is precious to me. I was thinking about fabric mattress buttons which I am about to make from ticking when I got this idea and this is the result, what do you think?
As a result of the lovely afternoon beachcombing with a couple of friends I was able to complete my first Dritwood Christmas tree. I had a little construction help with my resident " engineer " who did not want to be left out. I bought this gorgeous rustic snowman in Oslo and he looks well at home on my tree , there a few finishing touches to do but I could not resist showing you a sneak preview. I hope it will decorate my stall at the various Christmas events we are doing this year. The wind was so wild last night I think another visit to the cove is called for
Our friend Natalie at camp with the English regiments
The French go through their paces Breakfast at encampment Our stall all decked out in period. Lizzie set up Sat while I was in Chagford and I joined her today. We met some enthusiastic people and will hope to do more of these events Good morning!
The Chagford Rag Mkt was the talk of the town ! and a lovely place it is too. Sheila had excelled herself and we were packed out all day with happy shoppers. When I went down to the shops they were all raving about it so can't wait for the next one. It was such fun too with lots of enthusiastic, interesting customers . The little group of card tables where you could sit and have a cup of tea was lovely and people stayed for ages . Thank you Sheila