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.
Twice a year Penny and I raid the £2 coin slush fund and book into our favorite little Hotel in Normandy .It is right on the sea front and looks straight out to Jersey. We always have the same room on the top floor , long hike but worth it. We get two windows looking out to sea and sleep to the sound of the waves. We have three whole days as we are going overnight tomorrow. After doing four events in one week I so need the break. However I will of course be doing some buying between seeing friends and having good lunches, we have even managed to find a big Vide to go to Sunday. I still get a thrill every time I book a trip
Thank goodness for a sunny day! Lizzie and I had a rather disastrous Shepton Flea yesterday. We were well prepared with gazebo and new large tarpaulin and were fine until the wind got up ! Our gazebo was tied to Freidatoo at the back but the front rose into the air and we had to quickly get the tarp off which was acting as a balloon. The gazebo now bent to thingy had to be turned on its back and the lovely security men dismantled it and carted it off ...thank you boys. It was a really misseling wet rain which soaks everything , we were soaked through and now have cartloads of washing and ironing and drying out to do . insult to injury! the dress rail fell in the mud silver lining two ladies had been before the disaster and bought all our heavy coats !! So as I am want to say " worse things happen at sea " and they do, it still remains we have a lot of work to do . fortunately the next fair Talent for Textiles at Ilminster is November 4th so we have some time and after 4 fairs in one week a much needed break Lovely to see all our Friends at Shepton and some faces from way back too