Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Rose is …

a rose.RosesIn June a friend brought over a big bucket of roses from her garden. There were so many roses that we had more than one bouquet.

Roses with Sundberg sculpture

The mermaid  was made by Lana Sundberg.


The roses were achingly beautiful and they smelled good. But roses fade. Alas.

faded roses

Luckily roses on fabric can provide timeless pleasure. Here are some patterns to savor.

These 19th century English chintz borders are from the book  Textile Designs , an encyclopedia of historic fabrics compiled by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers.

chintz england 19th

chintz englandSusan Meller also wrote an amazing book about Russian Textiles . It includes examples of printed fabrics, embroidery, ikats, paisleys and stripes. It shows the cloth and robes made from them. Here are some rose fabrics from that book.

russia 1870s

In the variety of Russian fabrics there are so many rich reds: crimson, scarlet, cherry, carmine, rust and maroon.russia 20thrussia mid 20th

russia late 19thRussian roller printed clothTurkmen robe 1930

This Suzani piece was embroidered. The designs were drawn on the cloth, then separated into panels. Various family members would embroider the separate panels which would then be sewn back together. The slight variations in the density of the stitches and the slight flaws in the registration give the piece life.suzani embroidery 19th

Roses line this woman’s mulisak from Khiva.munisak 20th centuryReturning to Textile Designs , you can find these roses from France (1922 and 1930):

france 1922

france 1930

And this bouquet, made in England for export to Portugal in the mid 1800’s.

eng for portugal mid 19th

Here are some of my roses, from the Bohemia fabric and card line:

Paschkis roses

So, gather (and stitch) your rosebuds while ye may.

This poem is by Sandra Gilbert, from her book Kissing the Bread.

sandra gilbert