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.
This is a lovely old linen in that slightly grey white dated in corner Elizabeth Cromwell 1830 which does not match with the monogram so she must have done it as a present. It has one neat patch done a long time ago at one end. Price £45.00 I am using my Blog rather than my web site at the moment as Fasthosts seem to be having problems and none of my pictures are uploading they are seeking advice from a higher technology.....The Engineer Mr Moon is in charge.
Makes a nice break from Ironing napkins! This is quite a big basket of it's type and although they were probably for root vegetables, the mud falls through . I think it would do a turn for laundry, perhaps even transport a tablecloth a few glasses and a bottle of wine on a picnic. I am rather in love with Farrow and Ball old white this week, so gave the basket a quick lick and some frames too. No wonder I end up with so many containers, its a throw back from my treen and kitchenalia days. Found Lizzie clutching this on one of our " truffling "days for Franglais £25.00 for the basket
I love fabric covered boxes ! and these lovely French fabrics were irresistible at our Couturier's Puce. I love the cylinder lined as well as covered. It would be ideal for knitting needles and the long rectangle is almost a fan box but could be used for needles too. The little set of drawers with metal handles is definitely Provence. I would love to be able to do this as neatly as these are, does anyone know of a course I could do ?? £35.00 for the set of drawers £35.00 for the rectangle £28.00 for the cylinder
We were made really welcome by all the ladies who run the dressmakers rag market each year in a little Town about 15 miles from Ticky. We managed to get there last year despite the snow and bought some lovely things and Ticky had been before when we were unable to make it. I occurred to us they might find us a novelty ! we packed about four boxes each I have never been anywhere with just four boxes , nevertheless we were happy with our day and met some really nice people, it made me practice my French too!! The locals were intrigued with my darning mushrooms and I sold quite a few. We had a little quiet time mid day while we all enjoyed a bit of lunch ,then they flooded back in and it was busy until 5.30. We had a lovely surprise when Mark and Jean dropped in to say hello. There were a good number of quilters there and there seems a good mix of French and English. We have been invited to do another one further north at St Lo which we are considering whether we can manage depending on timings as we are soooo busy in May... it may be another quick "turn around" from one Fair to another but involving ferry travel so more complicated . It was fun to be part of something in the community. Ticky was brilliant as always making sure we had lunch and were happily settled , when we got home a fantastic Sunday roast awaited us, then the fire and Bafta awards... happy bunnies