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 was the next thing on my " must do " list and I have had great fun with these, I love red on white and anything to do with letters and numbers, this is just the start , I am just getting into the mood or is it " zone " these days !
I have been longing to have the time to do some creative sewing instead of washing and ironing ! I have had this pile of blanket pieces on view for some time awaiting a few free days.
When " my Young" headed off back to London I made a start that day .
My other family visitors have been in and out and quite happy to chat while I did the hand sewing so today I completed the project.
I dyed a French sheet for the backing , they are a good weight and weave for backing and dye beautifully.
Hand made felt "mattress buttons " and amazing vintage labels in this case "antique" I think
Franglais ak Lizzie and myself have a good stash of scrap linen for all your projects and at very good prices, all weights and weaves.