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.
Today we went to Chagford on the moor in Devon is a delightful place and the sun was shining which made it perfect. There is something 50's and Enid Blyton about the village Hall I love and Sheila Hyson lays it out with little side tables and chairs where one can sit and enjoy refreshments which were excellent may I say !! It was well attended and a variety of people arrived to dig through the bargain boxes, the October one was busier but we had a good day... bought some sold some and had fun. Home safe and sound and the prospect of a quiet day tomorrow
Another string to my bow or whatever the expression is! I am doing 12 inch " Rag Bags " of Fair Isle pieces to go with my bundles , felted blanket squares and quilt bits all of which I will have at Chagford Rag market on Saturday. I am rather pleased with the colour combinations and look forward to seeing what you clever ladies do with them. My friend Sara started the useful " felted phone cosies " for mobiles and they work a treat. Patchwork felted bags are another fun project. Generously filled @ £10 a bag limited supply
I must say everyone took such lovely pictures of Dairy House. I was soo busy I only took a few to send to my friend Ticky who used to run Dairy House when I first had a room there . I want to show her how lovely Sue has made it and to tell her the atmosphere of fun and warmth is still there. It was an impressive Event and all the comments have been really positive well done Sue, Lizzie and your great Team who made everything run like clockwork
My God daughter Vicky is getting married to her lovely boy Dave on July 3rd and she is having the lunch at her local French restaurant in Dorchester. Vicky had admired my hearts and wreathes at Christmas and thought they would make great decorations and " favours " for lady guests to take home. We had a day yesterday and it took us All day , with a lunch break in the sun ...lucky with the weather! I sewed all day but we managed to finish each of us with a task ,we did 63 in the end and the girls will sew the tapes and buttons on to finish them off.