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 adore the rustic linens with the red initials, so when rummaging through a pile of linen my heart leaps when I catch that glimpse of red ! they nearly always seem to be on the inside so it is a lovely surprise and could easily be missed. Lizzie and I had some lovely finds and I have been up to my eyes in steam the last two days. We will have plenty of Linen for projects at the Rag Market and some lovely pieces of 19th cent. Linen for Shepton Mallet from the 19th of March and Talent for Textiles at Ilminster on March 24th one of our best and most enjoyable fairs. Caroline Bushell is a star.