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.
I love my paved garden joining the house and the studio, my neighbour calls it gardening with a broom !! full time job watering it though. It was very hard edged when first done ,but being an almost walled garden and sun trap it has become a haven in the centre of town ... and you should see my figs. I just wanted to share it with you, of course you can join me for a coffee or afternoon cup of tea and listen to the water feature tinkling. I do a lot of work in this space on fine days. I can do you some nice cuttings while you chose your fabric.