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 were at one of our favorite locations for the weekend, Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall, do look at their web site it is a wonderful oasis of calm, full of inspiring things and people not least Jo our hostess who makes everyone want to stay for ever. We were there as an " added attraction " during the Julie Arkell workshop which was such fun. The food is always wonderful , these leaves were straight from the poly tunnel Andrew and Vicky produce the most delicious food so many people come regularly just to eat and be part of the ambiance. It is like going on retreat only with indulgence thrown in ! Thank you all for your enthusiastic support as always we came home with new ideas... they love my haberdashery !