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.
Penny and I waited a little longer this year to take our little break at Hotel de Isles on the promise of some Christmas cheer !
Our hostess has an interiors business and keeps the colours changing in the Hotel and has a " Before the Hour " Christmas event.
It certainly was very pretty and the food better than ever. We avoided most of the rain and toured all our favourite places , including a bakery we like in Coutance that does delicious mini quiche for lunch on the run.
I managed to buy some goodies from my contacts and the mannequin was the finishing touch!
Jersey was making appearfances through the mist and we so enjoyed the sea and birds fom our " ivory tower " up in the roof
Kir Royale pre dinner after a full day travelling...so civilized. Bar looks out to sea and is very cosy. The staff are lovely and give us a big welcome each visit