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.
Lizzie and I have just had another lovely stay with Jo and Stephen at Cowslip Workshops.
The whole place is festooned with wonderful quilts for their Summer exhibition. Well worth a visit , you will receive a warm welcome and the food is as wonderful as ever.
We were sharing one of the lovely historic barnes with two delightful girls selling painted furniture and decorative items, former workshop students of Jo and Maggie.
The wonderful smell of newly cut hay and the swallows swooping over our heads was a far cry from town bustle . As always we slept well and ate too much !
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