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.
Once again we were made very welcome at Cowslip Workshops by Jo and Stephen and had a lovely two days at that most idyllic spot. There is always something going on there and it is busy all day long with enthusiastic quilters and makers who come for the exhibitions , workshops and lovely shop, not least the fabulous cafe, they were having a tea party for 15 when we arrived on Thursday afternoon to set up. It's a great place to meet your friends browse and relax...try it We were there with our vintage textiles and trims under the " Franglais " banner and on Saturday afternoon a coach of quilters from the Guild A.G.M. at Exeter came for cream tea and a browse, that was a great success and many will be back. Lizzy and I have some regular customers and friends now on our visits and this time met some new faces. We are looking forward to be back there June 10th / 11th during the Julie Arkell workshop.