A long love affair with textiles

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!

10 thoughts on “A long love affair with textiles

  1. Beautiful to know that your family left you so many things that are beautiful … as are you.

    My children have always thought everything I have is ‘junk’ – especially the antiques and the couple of treasures I have of my maternal grandparents.

    Oh well . . .

    Sure makes me wonder what will happen to my finished projects, too.

  2. Aren’t they lovely. Thank you for sharing those with us.

    Is that item from Turkey really a grain sack? Seems amazing that it’s so beautiful!

    Can see more than one design amongst them that would look good as an embroidery design!


  3. Thank you for sharing this. I have worried from time to time that perhaps I was hoarding. It is calming and therapeutic simply to have such beautiful items surround you.

  4. What a beautiful collection and thanks for sharing it. I see lots of lovely inspiration for unique embroidery patterns.

    Lin Taylor

  5. What beauties, I love beautiful from years gone by,that so many do not appreciate. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely treasures.

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