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.
Finding this wonderful old sheet music from another era took me back in my memory to when in my childhood at family gatherings there was always a group round the piano. Making your own entertainment with piano music is a marvellous talent and I guess because I was brought up with it it has always been something I enjoy. I am from the North and so often you would find someone on the piano at the pub. There was a favourite coffee house called the " Coffee Pot " that had wonderful jazz piano at night , and my Auntie used to love to go out for tea and there was nearly always a piano on those occasions.