March 7, 2012

New Collections: Manuel Canovas

I appreciate all fabrics, but Manual Canovas creates sensational fabrics!

From his first collection launch in 1963 his designs have been timeless, different, and a topic of discussion. His first launch shocked the Paris design community, with critics claiming the colours were too strong and the patterns too large. Never swayed, collections to date have been bold and breathtaking and for me personally, using one of his fabrics in a job would be a milestone, particularly one from the latest collection, which are simply amazing.

If you’re interested in more Manuel Canovas, check out my Pinterest board

March 5, 2012

Monday's Lesson: Pattern 101 Suzani

The weeks have gone by and each Monday I think ‘this is the week to write about Ikat’ and then I think of something more important to write about. Now finally Monday rolls around and I could educate you all on Ikat, but guess what, after much deliberation I think we should start with Suzani; it's so NOW! (I find it funny to write that, I would never say ‘It’s so NOW’).
I say it is a NOW pattern but Suzanis have been around since the 15th century. The term 'Suzani' translates to 'needle' and refers to the heavy needlework embroidery. An interesting technique used in creating Suzanis is couching - where thread is laid down on the fabric and then stitched in place using another to create a raised line.

Traditionally made by brides in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other central Asian countries as part of their dowry, the Suzani was presented to the groom on their wedding day. Made from cotton or silk and embroidered in the same thread, Suzanis are colourful and often depict sun and moon discs, flowers, leaves, fruits and occasionally fish and birds. 

Amazing scale Suzani print occasional chairs. Love the layout of the room.

Suzani print tablecloth.
Suburban Home Alfred Shaheen Indigo Printed Suzani.

Martin Lawrence-Bullard traditional embroidered Suzani headboard.

Beautiful small scale printed Suzani wingback chairs, the upholstery is perfection! Look at how the pattern repeat is identical on both chairs.

Robert Allen Medallion Band Colour Toffee.

Traditional embroidered Suzani bedspread.
Kathryn Ireland Interior.

If you’re interested in more ways to incorporate Suzani or even Mexican Suzani into your decorating, check out my Pinterest board

March 4, 2012

Bobbin Scissors Thread Joins Pinterest!

It’s another exciting day in the growth of Bobbin Scissors Thread!
As many of you know, my passion extends beyond fabric and encompasses everything Interior Design. Pinterest is a social networking site and enables people to collect, organise and share images. For Bobbin Scissors Thread this will let me share images based on my blog posts, exploring ideas beyond the fabric!

The Pinterest ‘Pin It’ button now shown at the bottom of each post also allows you to pin images straight off Bobbin Scissors Thread onto your own Pinterest board.
Oh how I love technology!
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