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.
I think this is no 12 ! over a period of 6 years and I love the colours of this one. I just have to put the tweed backing on and bind the edges .
Hours of work , first cutting all the squares, then hand sewing them all together and overlocking all the raw edges , my machine does not like that much !!
They are all wool and I hand sew the backing to the front.
Thursday as we sail out of Portsmouth I will be enjoying breakfast after a very early start.
It is a holiday weekend in France as August 15th is a holiday whatever day it falls on , I believe and I hope to do my usual calls plus enjoy one or two Vides , there is a big one we go to each year and I am hoping for fine weather and lots of new treasures to bring to the Talent for Textile Fair at the American museum and also Ardingly on Set. 6th & 7th.
It will be lovely to be with Ticky and Nick again in their little piece of heaven in the countryside sitting on the bench out the front of the house ,looking towards the lake , watching the horses and chickens.... yes definitely time for a break !
Honiton tomorrow then packing on Wednesday