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.
Inside this simple village hall, your eyes were almost blinded by the array of Textiles from all over the world! This small group of top dealers in their fields transformed the space into a veritable souk over night. I have done Rag Markets at this lovely village space and it has a great atmosphere, always feels you have stepped back to the 1940's. It has been lifted with a wonderful Scandinavian paint colour which made a perfect backdrop for all our textiles. Polly Lyster excelled herself in organizing this fair assisted by husband Adrian and daughter who ran the cafe. Not only were we well looked after at the show but five of us stayed with them at their lovely stone house 5 mins away and had a riotous 2 evenings after work over delicious dinners. It was attended by a steady stream of enthusiasts on both days right up until packing up time. It was wonderful to listen to the tales of these travellers and soak up the knowledge they have of their wonderful old textiles. Of course none of us could come home without having bought something ! It was a huge success and we are thrilled to know we have a place in the next one.