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.
Wed night will see the " Franglais" duo on the night Ferry to France! We are off to stay with my lovely Ticky and her Nick for 4 nights , what bliss and a textile sale which we have missed the last two years thrown in for good measure. So we will have lots of time to rummage in our favourite haunts and hopefully have some Booty for the Rag Market at Bridport on Feb. 20th. I just can't wait for my first real French coffee and croissant Just can't wait to see the familiar " spotty cows " Just can't wait to enjoy the quiet French roads meandering through the rural countryside Just can't wait to smell the familiar wood smoke , freshly baked bread and pastries and the sharp French tobacco on a crisp Market morning. can't wait to get my hands on some lovely rustic old linen Yes ! I have that lovely feeling of anticipation