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.
Caroline and I were out promoting the coming Bridport Rag Market yesterday in the Wintery showers and I came upon these at one of the second hand warehouses. I have read that these were a monthly companion to Arthur Mee's Children's Newspaper and continuing his children's Encyclopedia. He was prolific in his writings. They seem to me slightly strange as a child's magazine, quite serious and adult interspersed with items clearly for the very young and lots of interesting advertisements for the mums. I have 11 from 1921 to one in 1930 including the first Christmas issue. I find old magazines fascinating , a trip to the past and the Art Work especially for the old advertising just brilliant