If you’ve read the About page on my site you already know that I’ve loved textiles for a long time. Although many of the examples I treasure are woven rather than embroidered, the designs still inspire me.
Today I thought I’d share photos of the beautiful things I’ve been fortunate enough to find as we’ve traveled around the world. Lest you think we are rich dilettantes, be assured that we’ve been to all these places as part of our work as international teachers. We have lived and worked in these countries, experiencing the “new cultural joys” and the “culture shock lows” of any expatriate.
Some of the things are family pieces that have been handed down to me. Both of my grandmothers had beautiful homes. My mother’s home is equally fabulous and full of beautiful things. It’s fair to say that all three women lived by the William Morris maxim of “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” It’s especially sound advice now as many people are struggling to recover from the negative effects of a period of rampant consumerism. I try to live by the same tenet and have only those things which I treasure enough to pass down to my own daughters.
Enjoy the visual feast!