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.
Yes those of you who know me will recognize this picture! yes ! I am off to France dawn tomorrow and can't wait to board the Normandie. The wheel has fallen off the Seacat so we are being sent to Caen and will have a new route to try to Barneville which we are looking forward to. I have a strange shopping list which is growing daily, we go to our favourite food emporium in St Vaast.That corner of the Cherbourg Peninsular is so different and the beaches on the North coast are usually quiet. You can find lovely granite sand and I have found lots of shells. If you have not been and have some time before your ferry take a detour it is delightful.