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 can't believe I have done two in two months !! this one is ready to be backed , just have to do the over locking on the back seams , the rest is all done by hand , that way I have control as wool moves about on a machine and it is difficult to get nice sharp joins. In this cold weather I have been happy to be in front of the fire with a good radio 4 show on the radio. I may even do another before spring! I have enough sweaters.