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.
I don't get to many car boots , I do love the local ones that are just for local charity events when you get lots of people just having a clear out and a days fun. This one is my favourite as it is so like a French Vide Grenier, at least as near as we get but without the smell of bbq sausages , bacon sarnies are the order of the day.! I got a Wareham weave 100% wool waffle, so local history lot,a lovely vintage travel rug.a lace edged tablecloth ,French bowl for my collection which I use daily a nice old crate, and a real find a martingale for my Ticky for her new horse in France and a good contact for further tack which I really wanted. Great fun we had Janice and I , she found a beautiful miniature Japanese bowl for her collection and I bought her this des res for her bluetits. I have never seen so many different dogs at a boot and all lovely and well behaved too. Now must start sorting for my day at Honiton tomorrow