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 this is a good start! what a beautiful spot,quite complicated directions, then I realised I had started to read Lizzies quilt instructions!! after some very pretty roads and tiny streets on the estuary we knew we were in the right place when we were greeted by these chickens ! has anyone got the pattern??? I love Chickens ..these are rather superior birds in hand dyed fabrics Sue Spooner textile artist,maker and gardener supreme invited " Franglais " to join her and two quilting groups for an afternoon in the garden and wonderful Devon cream tea....these girls know how to treat themselves! As you see the weather was glorious and we were able to sit in these gorgeous gardens and there were some wonderful works in progress to enjoy amongst these talented makers "Franglais" was shown off to it's best and provided some entertainment and hopefully these groups will attend our other textile fairs now they have had a taste. After a glorious and most enjoyable day we enjoyed Sue's warm hospitality and had a lovely evening watching the sun go down and talking textiles of course Can we really call this work!
This is the result of my dyeing a patchwork of random French linens, wondering if some embellishment of some sort is required ?? buttons perhaps or red and white initial tape perhaps just some top stitching ?