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.
Well some months later I have finally finished my tubular knitted rug. To be fair I usually only do it at The Spinners meetings . It all started with knitted bag handles and this magic formular of knitting five stitches on double ended needles and sliding the work along , carrying the wool across the back and knitting from the other end! Got it??? well maybe not , but you end up with a tube like French knitting which when boiled felts into a perfect bag handle for knitted bags. If you keep going and use all your odd bits of wool and sew them together like a plaited rag rug this is what you get. I have used really hairy wools like jacob and hardwick so this rug should last ages and felt down nicely with lots of use' The edging is another story ! Thank you Mildred x I am amazed I retained the pattern from my quick" show and tell" at our Christmas Lunch!!
I find it helps to take a picture to get a good look at a design layout. Things that cause " visual tension " love that phrase ! can be rectified . Once these are sewn together there is no going back. I keep thinking I might end up with one with a fault before I run out of sweaters but up to now they have all found good homes. Interestingly I am also more aware of prominent colours when I look at them on screen.
I have been beavering away and have all but finished the latest throw, just needs a press and perhaps a button to anchor the center. I love it when I get that last edge bound! This is all hand sewn except the overlocked seams on the back. No 11 is on the drawing board I just about have time before Shepton Mallet is upon us .
We have had lots of visitors this Christmas and I think Marilyn is definitely from the furthest away. She has driven down from Shetland to visit her son in Yorkshire and then on to spend a few days with me. I have just waved her off into the snowy north. It was great to catch up and it has made me feel another visit to the Islands is overdue. It is a lovely place full of lovely people and an abundance of wildlife and especially the birds. Lerwick is a great place and there is a strong connection with Norway. Look on the Shetland web site and be tempted ! Marilyn runs a great b&b looking down the " voe " to the sea. As you see I took her to a Dorset favourite ..Lyme Regis which was a great hit.