It’s Winter

Biting cold.  Glad when you’re back inside, reclining against pillows and covered with a throw.  It’s the best design addition for your winter room.  Seeing a throw draped, ready to use over sofa, chair or bed is a warming sight.  The Panther Throw closed the last “It’s Ongoing”  post and it seems quite natural, when staying warm is the issue, that we are going on from there ….

The next throw features our signature Nobilis damask, banded with raw silk, layered with light thick batting and channelled into diamonds with quilting stitches.  Notice the same fabric upholstered onto the day bed.  It also appears in ivory as the Platinum Pillow of an earlier blog.  This is our best selling patterned fabric – a beautiful classic in great colours, reinvented with the look of distressing, oversized for newness and from Paris!

Under the damask throw is a light silk throw in soft bluegreen. It has tonal grosgrain ribbon laid in a large greek key pattern on the face, stitched through all layers with thick embroidery cotton. It reverses to neutral toned silk strieé and features a ribbon edge trim made using a Macaulay technique taught to us by my father’s mother.

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 This exciting new fabric, also from Paris, is an easy casual satin with polka dots scratched into the weave, from Lelievre.  The pillows met with such great response, I have just tried a throw.  The filling is light and puffy.  Oversized diamonds that are hand-quilted between the dots give the throw lots of dimension and coziness without weight. Velveteen in the same oystery taupe makes a wide soft-to-touch border.

My mother is a quilter.  One of her modern quilt patterns looked like Robert Delaunay’s paintings, so I altered it to more closely resemble his style, and chose silk in shades from his paintings and also current interior colour schemes. The backs are silk and the padding very thin.  Mom stitched up these and several more for the store. 

We can’t begin to show the many personal throws and bedspreads that were created for customers who came to the showroom to look through the current range of fabrics and work out the details.

People tell me it’s crazy for an interior designer to do the sewing.  Yet taking a sketch step by step to a product is a gratifying  exercise in creativity with full control over the outcome!  And handwork is my way to calm nerves jangled by design and renovation responsibilities.  Besides, when I draw needle and thread through cloth it recalls my mother at her handwork, Victorian ladies doing needlepoint, generations of tailors basting sleeves, artisans embroidering Medieval tapestries, and before travelling back as far as cave dwellers maybe I might admit that I could be just a little bit crazy – most designers are!