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 was the next thing on my " must do " list and I have had great fun with these, I love red on white and anything to do with letters and numbers, this is just the start , I am just getting into the mood or is it " zone " these days !
I have been longing to have the time to do some creative sewing instead of washing and ironing ! I have had this pile of blanket pieces on view for some time awaiting a few free days.
When " my Young" headed off back to London I made a start that day .
My other family visitors have been in and out and quite happy to chat while I did the hand sewing so today I completed the project.
I dyed a French sheet for the backing , they are a good weight and weave for backing and dye beautifully.
Hand made felt "mattress buttons " and amazing vintage labels in this case "antique" I think
Franglais ak Lizzie and myself have a good stash of scrap linen for all your projects and at very good prices, all weights and weaves.
This is such a stylish swingback coat , German I think from the lable and about a size 14 English . Wool and cashmere , in nice condition , 1960's I think but those that know better can you let me know if you think otherwise.
I don't do much in vintage clothes but every now and again something appeals to me
Penny and I waited a little longer this year to take our little break at Hotel de Isles on the promise of some Christmas cheer !
Our hostess has an interiors business and keeps the colours changing in the Hotel and has a " Before the Hour " Christmas event.
It certainly was very pretty and the food better than ever. We avoided most of the rain and toured all our favourite places , including a bakery we like in Coutance that does delicious mini quiche for lunch on the run.
I managed to buy some goodies from my contacts and the mannequin was the finishing touch!
Jersey was making appearfances through the mist and we so enjoyed the sea and birds fom our " ivory tower " up in the roof
Kir Royale pre dinner after a full day travelling...so civilized. Bar looks out to sea and is very cosy. The staff are lovely and give us a big welcome each visit
It was a huge success as always thanks to Jo's hard work and Stephens good natured support. Thank you to all the girls too and the amazing cafe chefs Andrew and Vicky and the hard working staff who were on the run from morning till night.
It has such a lovely atmosphere with stalls dotted round the farm in the barns ,in the workshop and the house.
The shop was packed with goodies too so needless to say I had to buy a bit !
It's that time again ! I can't wait to be on the Farm at St Stephens nr Launceston Cornwall to be part of Jo's wonderful Christmas Fair Friday Saturday Sunday 16th/17th and 18th of November.
It was the most wonderful atmosphere and so many good things to see and buy .. Do come !!
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