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 had taken the overnight ferry to Caen and drove off into the early morning sunshine, full of anticipation for the two weeks ahead.
We took the coastal road all along the lovely old resorts,one being Deauville playground to the English in the 1920's and still popular with the Parisians.
There is some very quirky seaside architecture from the 1900's and a feeling of it all being very smart and a little racy in it's day ...people letting their hair down on holiday.
It is still smart and all those little towns so intersting.
Honfleur was our destination for Breakfast on the quay of the historic old harbour.
We had both been there in the past and keen to re knew our aquaintance.
It was lovely and being off season not full of tourists.