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.
Major Studio re-vamp = 2 day's chaos and counting !
It's nearly five years since my studio was built and lots of times I have had a major sort and blitz but never a total re vamp. Those of you that remember the shop No 6 , Dairy House and Muckleford will remember my huge pine cupboard I had built. It was a shop in its'self . When I moved from Muckleford I was persuaded to sell it to my god daughter not thinking it would fit the studio, at that time not yet built. Long story but it is coming home and it has taken two days to empty the studio and today by the skin of our teeth we managed to get it through the house and into the studio ! it has transformed the space, the house looks a mess but the studio looks an oasis of calm. I have had a little change around and now have a little work area looking over the garden and in summer can throw open the doors. I am really pleased with the way it has slotted in and now really want to keep the space to move. There will be loads of bargains at Bridport Vintage mkt March 27th down Les Alleez as I do not want it to go back in my studio. I am off to France the few days before the market so hope to have some new goodies