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.
We woke to sunshine on our second day after a wonderful night's sleep and just so thrilled to be there at all after our horrendous start in the ditch in a blizzard. Nick had made Freida's lights legal so I took my courage in my hands and we crept off on the snow covered roads 20 mph until we reached the main road to Mayenne which was clear. phew ! it was a bit stressful but we knew Nick would come in the dump truck if we got stuck. Mayenne we had picnic lunch with Ticky at her office and after playing in the dress shop we thought we had better do some work, It was 6 0cl when we arrived home triumphant having made a fantastic start...... need some upholstery fabric ?????? It was curry night at the Red Lion in Desertines... about 6 different curries and all the trimmings. we were beginning to feel like locals. Takes a bit of getting your head round being in France ,yet feeling you might just have taken a wrong turn and ended up in Yorkshire. Still I'm a good northern lass as is my hostess so just blend.