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.
My fig tree outside my studio is loaded withg figs as big as pears ! Now we have some sunshine I hope they will ripen, my garden is a real sun trap and my four year old tree just loves it. I hacked a lot off it to get into my studio , and have wires to the wall so I can hoist it out of the way as it just thrives.
Last year I made fig chutney and it was so simple and so good my friend and I ate it with everything and finished the jar in a few days .
I made a second batch which was eagerly awaited and devoured, all being well we should have a bumper harvest and I have the ingredients ready for the figs.