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 is 10 years since I drove down through France on my own so this was a bit of a personal challenge going solo to see Ticky and Nick for a few days break and of course some buying. I was up at 3am and on the road to Portsmouth to catch the early fast "Cat" to Caen, we left Portsmouth in the tipping rain but the crossing was fine ,I was more impressed with the bigger Cat much more space to move about and less scruffy, also only 3 1/2 hour crossing which was nice. When the ramp went down I was pleased to see it was fine and soon had managed to negotiate round Caen and onto the lovely road south through Swiss Normandy, I thoroughly enjoyed the drive with my road numbers taped to the dashboard and by early afternoon I was driving up their drive admiring Nicks handiwork a beautiful straight post and rail fence. A welcome cup of tea in beautiful sunshine on the bench outside the front door watching the horses who were entertaining a big bay gelding Troy who was staying the weekend...really funny It is such an idyllic setting and they have done lots since we were there in the snow, so lovely to be back. I had a wonderful time enjoying their great hospitality and Tick's fine food , guess who's on a diet again ! Thanks guys you 're the tops
Ticky and had had a lovely few days visiting our favorite haunts and one or two new ones that I had marked on the map that had been closed on our last visit.... the French two hour lunch can complicate matters when you are on a day trolley dash ! it was lovely to have the luxury of being able to have a few days to get round everywhere plus a Vide on Sunday. This is a little taste of what we found I can see Lizzie and I will need a day framing !