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 simply love these samplers , always in red, or nearly always so must have been traditional.
We managed to buy quite a collection on our big trip, they all went very quickly so was thrilled to spot these at a Brocante last Sunday.
I think I am right in thinking they were a way of showing your skill at needlecraft and a lot were done at school.
I had a wonderful time in France and bought some brilliant things for the Talent for Textiles Fair at the American Museum and Ardingly the week after.
It was so peaceful at Ticky and Nick's I really chilled out and am having difficulty in winding myself up again !
Having opened the Studio door and closed it again, I decided finishing my throw would be a positive start to getting back to work so the last three days has been spent hand sewing .
Job done, I love the colours of this one, grey and taupe are very " in "