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 definitely a destination to put on your list!
In the middle of lovely Wimborne at the Entrance to Deans Court. Caroline and I visited yesterday and were given a warm welcome by Ali, its a lovely mix of old and new ,lots of lovely ideas for presents both for yourself and friends.
Do go to Deans Court 's web site as they have lots of events and it is a charming place to have your " special Day "