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 find it totally fascinating what can turn up in otherwise seemingly simple sewing boxes ! can you imagine having hose in the colours of these mending yarns, wow they were so chic. This was also the period when zips were new and big and bold....at least they did not fall appart at the first excuse like the horrid plastic ones we have now !! some would make a fab feature in some customized garment they are so chunky and bold...ideas please readers, I have lots and lots!! And what about these ? I love the way these are presented, obviously a special purchase or present
And this is just the cutest thing , what story it could tell ?A traveling sewing kit, how long has it been in the bottom of this ottoman ?
And this gorgeous little 1920's " China -man " travel set, is'nt he fun
finally this lovely little painted wooden pin cushion just so much in it's period , I love it