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.
Today we went to Chagford on the moor in Devon is a delightful place and the sun was shining which made it perfect. There is something 50's and Enid Blyton about the village Hall I love and Sheila Hyson lays it out with little side tables and chairs where one can sit and enjoy refreshments which were excellent may I say !! It was well attended and a variety of people arrived to dig through the bargain boxes, the October one was busier but we had a good day... bought some sold some and had fun. Home safe and sound and the prospect of a quiet day tomorrow