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.
It was the most amazing hot day ,just what we ordered for our outside stall , a far cry from wind and rain at Shepton Flea !! We were well turned over and said goodbye to a lot of things we had collected over the year, in our attempt to regain some order in our lives, they went off happily to start a new life as another person's treasures. We saw lots of familiar faces and some we had not seen for a while, there was plenty to look at as the permanent units were all open full of goodies as well as the brocante stalls outside. The food was delicious and lush home made Elderflower presse kept us sustained. We were really happy and will be there again July 25th. Considering we were competing with Wimbledon ,World cup and motor racing . I thought we were well supported , Well done Sharon and Mike www.oldalbion.co.uk