The Miraculous Draught of Fishes –

Sep 6, 2010 | Leave a Comment

For the first time ever, The Victoria & Albert Museum is joining together four of Raphael’s tapestries for the Sistine Chapel with their preparatory cartoons. Woven in Brussels, the tapestries were completed in 1519, just months before the artist’s death. Read more here about the incredible ingenuity that went into their construction.

On display from September 8th – October 17th, 2010. Above, a detail from “The Miraculous Draught of Fishes”

Via Interesting Antique Textiles.

Scott Andresen –

Sep 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

Beauty in unexpected places:


2009, 60″x56″ x 2″

Found Paper Bag; Plastic Bag; Fabric; Umbrella; Tarp, and Thread

Table Linens at Heath Ceramics –

Sep 1, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Now they sell kitchen and table linens too…

Flying Geese –

Aug 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment

A quilt like this (made in the US between 1870-1880) adds to my ongoing appreciation of the 19th century, a time when many pieces we’d now view as “abstract” and “contemporary” were being created, despite art historical time lines to the contrary.

Nicola Cerini –

Aug 27, 2010 | Leave a Comment

The Australian website The Design Files satisfies the textile voyeur with this look inside designer Nicola Cerini’s studio and part time residence. Creativity is clearly in abundance, along with lots of color.

Click here to visit Cerini’s website.

Jeannette Farrier –

Aug 25, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I was admiring a throw like this last week and got a story to go with it: Jeannette Farrier, wandering India over a decade ago, fell in love with traditional kantha textiles.  Now she works with women of West Bengal (paid well and supported in their craft) to supply kantha for fashion and home.

Dark Room London –

Aug 23, 2010 | Leave a Comment

This via the September issue of The World of Interiors: Dark Room London, an ultra posh site with items for men, women and interiors. The African wax print pillow above is one of several offered.

For previous posts on wax prints click here.

Bali Bountiful –

Aug 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

The Bali based Etsy shop Ikat & Batik is bursting with pillow covers priced to inspire. Read shopkeeper Ginette’s  profile for another bit of inspiration, under the category “just do it”.

Bermingham & Co. –

Aug 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment

If you need a little ikat inspiration visit Bermingham & Co., a beautiful website with lots and lots of patterns to choose from.

Vava Veve –

Aug 16, 2010 | Leave a Comment

I went to the American Craft Council show here in San Francisco this weekend and a stand-out booth for textiles was the work of weaver Marian Quanbeck Dahlberg of Vava Veve. Her pieces are simple, elegant and amazing to touch. Her official website is under construction but she is on Etsy, here.