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Talent for Textiles events started in the late 1980s after a group of West Country textile dealers, much inspired by Elizabeth Baer, began to exhibit, and sell, their best antique and vintage stock in lovely private and public venues in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Dorset.
These small events proved very popular, gathering eager and loyal customers, trade and private, needlewomen and decorators along the way, not only to see the textiles but perhaps a smart house and lovely garden too, with refreshments and like minded company.
They endeavour to source the best in affordable British and Continental linens, lace, costume and effects, plus pieces from further afield too. They also have selected brocante - great for house and garden. Their venues are accessible, mostly free entry and often with good refreshments on site or nearby.
Co-organizer Caroline Bushell commented, "Linda Clift and I have now been entrusted to continue these events, and already in April 2013 we have had our first event at The Meeting House in Ilminster, a spring favourite. In May we were delighted to be invited to hold a marquee event at Deans Court, Wimborne,
The fair was a real success and the surroundings were stunning - if you didn't manage to be there, watch our diary dates for 2014. A busy Rag Market also took place in Bradford on Avon.
Next, in July, we were at The Brownsword Hall in Poundbury, blessed with a very sunny day and a great turnout by both our stallholders and happy buyers.
We have two more events planned for this year. The next will be at Bradford on Avon on Saturday 14th September. and then back at the Meeting house, Ilminster on Thursday October 10th for our autumn event."

About Caroline: "I moved to Devon in the 1970's as a farm managers' wife - a busy life- cattle rearing, haymaking, a horse to exercise - along with running a local tannery shop. Having been basically a townie until then, weekend farm sales gave me the insight into the trunks and cupboards of old properties and the treasures they held. Buying and laundering rather more tablecloths than I could ever use, visitors to our home admired them and bought them as holiday momentoes - so the need to find more, I suppose the seed was sown!
My first outing to sell the linens in a formal manner resulted in people buying the newly laundered and displayed goods, but Heavens t'Betsy other people arrived with the contents of their airing cupboards in boxes and finding a willing buyer left me with more to take home than I had arrived with!
Moving to Honiton in the late '80's and a job at an international auction house confirmed a change in direction. Although I loved the job I decided I really wanted to 'deal' in Antique and vintage textiles, especially the British traditional - from a domestic linens found in those old kitchens to fine stitched Georgian whitework pieces; it is all delightful and has stories to tell and I can briefly hold the history in my hands.
Handstitched baby gowns, wool travel rugs, lace both hand and machine made, linen damask and old haberdashery - the spectrum is wide.
I am co owner of Fountain Antiques centre in the High Street, Honiton. a popular shop full of interesting and reasonably priced treasures. So I am occupied completely, along with my colleague and friend Linda Clift we organise the small and popular textile events 'Talent for Textiles'."

About Linda: "An established Textile dealer in England's lovely West Country! Linda lives in the centre of Dorchester, Dorset's County Town, also has a stand in Dorchester Curiosity Centre. Alongside her specialist Textile Fairs both here and in France, she has an active Website and Etsy on line shop.
Quilts, Paisley/Kashmiri shawls and Welsh wool blankets were always Linda's signature items, however these days you are more likely to find her behind a pile of French Dowery and rustic linens, travelling to France frequently with business colleague and friend Lizzie Drake they source a wide variety of textiles, shirts and brocante for their joint venture Franglais.
They became " hooked" when travelling to Le Mans as part of a " Talent for Textile" group participating at The Le Mans Textile fair hosted by Olga Verschoor where they were guest dealers each year and both sold and bought".