"I’m full of love…. and….had lots of energy today Papa…..". They are the words of 3 year old grandson Kodi as he walked into the office at home in Aldgate yesterday.
I guess I feel the same here in Houston…. I don’t know about the Lurve bit, but we could swap the word for excitement or enjoyment.
I had a great class today, I sure needed a lot of energy so I had no time to go on the floor or take photos…
However tomorrow will be interviews filming and checking out the latest goodies…. anyone have any requests?
This is another one of the quilts I enjoyed viewing the other day….
This quilt is by Mary Arnold Vancouver, Washington.
"This quilt is the second in a series in which I am exploring the traditional Broderie Perse technique. By giving my Broderie Perse quilts a contemporary twist I am hopefully giving a traditional quilting technique a new edge"
This quilt has a charm all it’s own, its unique, in that the the flowers are from a pre- printed panel.
These photos were taken at the International Quilt festival Houston and I ask that you honor the copyright of the Artist.
Here is a little History on Broderie Perse.
In French "broderie perse" means Persian embroidery, but it also came to refer to the lovely applique of printed chintz flowers and other motifs onto a solid fabric. These exquisite quilts have been made since the 1700s
PAINTED CHINTZ FABRICS FROM INDIA
The first chintz or painted cotton fabric was imported to England from India as early as 1600. The original prints were those in fashion in India at the time. As many English consumers did not find them appealing Indian textile producers began to design prints based on floral and other themes from English art.
When oriental motifs became popular in England and Europe these were also worked into the prints. The result was fabric with a fascinating and sometimes incongruous mixture of east and west. Most popular of these prints was the Tree of Life depicting a large tree filled with a variety of species of both flowers and birds. Although these fabrics originated in India they became known as "Persian" prints. This chintz fabric was often made into bed coverings using the whole piece of cloth.
ENGLISH TEXTILE INTERESTS GET A BAN PUT ON THESE POPULAR PRINTS
The English textile industry became alarmed with the increasing popularity of this cotton print fabric from India fearing that England’s wool and silk trades would be threatened. The influence of this powerful industry soon brought about a ban on the import or production of printed cotton in both England and the colonies.
As a result the cost of this ornate fabric became so high that even affluent women had to find new ways to use these valued textiles. Women resorted to cutting out motifs from these "Persian" prints and sewing them to less expensive fabrics in order to extend what little they could acquire. In time this ingenious technique of broderie perse, which had blossomed out of necessity, became a popular art on its own. What a perfect opportunity this must have been for a woman to display her creativity and skills with the needle!