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.
My God daughter Vicky is getting married to her lovely boy Dave on July 3rd and she is having the lunch at her local French restaurant in Dorchester. Vicky had admired my hearts and wreathes at Christmas and thought they would make great decorations and " favours " for lady guests to take home. We had a day yesterday and it took us All day , with a lunch break in the sun ...lucky with the weather! I sewed all day but we managed to finish each of us with a task ,we did 63 in the end and the girls will sew the tapes and buttons on to finish them off.