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.
Lizzie and I have always been fond of Mayenne especially the dress shops and their sales! there is a Depot Vent on the riverside but we only bought one sheet, whereas the dress shop....well thats another story ! however I am still wearing stuff we bought years ago. I remember a memorable lunch in a cafeteria in the main square , self service and such fun. Ticky is working in the Estate Agent on the quay so we had picnic lunch with her from the local bakery while Mrs Drake tried to decide which house she would like.