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 is the " New Kid on the Block "
Robert is paticularly looking for people who deal in vintage to participate, he is having a Vintage room with work table and space where "drop in " workshops or Knitting groups could use.
Please call him and get details of space , rates, etc. Bob is hoping to hold various Events in the space too.
If you have any ideas or are interested in being involved give him a ring.
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.