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 wonderful to arrive at Cowslip on Thursday afternoon to the most welcoming festive atmosphere, fairy lights festooned the trees and branches which the girls were arranging in swags and arches setting off the lovely old stone and beams. There was a tremendous bustle as we had come from further than most so they were well into setting up which was so tempting and distracting I made some purchases in the first few hours of being there. Mostly the stall holders are regulars and it is lovely to see them again and see what new creative ideas they have come up with. They are mostly " makers " with some Brocante and our vintage stock to make a variety. It was so lovely to be back, rather like going on " retreat", such a warm welcoming atmosphere and Jo and Stephen make us feel like members of the family. One of my favourite memories is sitting drinking tea in my cosy sleigh bed looking out over the hillside looking at the little farmhouses on the other side of the valley with their lights on and a swirl of mist and everything frosty and crisp and bright.