This yellow patterned French fabric with trees and a church is a large door curtain but could be used for light upholstery, and sells at £48 from Liz van Hasselt.

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It experienced a resurgence in the 19th century when Queen Victoria ordered a handmade Honiton lacework bridal gown for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

Continuing this proud textiles tradition is the regular Honiton Textile and Costume Fair, run by West Country-based Hyson Fairs, who this month celebrates 30 years as fair organiser. Held in the town’s Mackarness Hall, the next fair is on Tuesday, February 6.

A regular here is West Country textiles dealer Liz van Hasselt, who said: “As always we take a range of fabric from £5-40 a piece, as well as trimmings, buttons and haberdashery. Our vintage bolts of bright blue heavy cotton cost £45 a bolt.”

Van Hasselt also runs her own pop-up textiles and costume fairs with the next at the Lydeard St Lawrence village hall, near Taunton in Somerset on Saturday, February 10. For details contact Van Hasselt via her blog.