by Jeanie Tow
I’m a material girl. Often I’m found in my favorite fabric stores scanning all
of the lovely potential before my eyes, or looking at the thousands of fabrics available at Wheeler’s…
Recently, for example, I spotted a replica of a Williamsburg floral. Let me describe it. Picture a white background with grass green leaves and stems, some darken to emerald and pine, the flowers were the palest grey, almost white with a few tiny butter yellow buds. Just delicious! I bought it. In the spring I will sew euro shams that will be banded in grass green grosgrain ribbon, and use an ivory matelasse coverlet, white linen inverted pleat bedskirt with the same green banding and then throw a lemon yellow silk damask pillow in front. The Williamsburg print has roots, the matelasse is so practical and the lemon damask, well it is bold, even used sparingly, but nonetheless, bold.
When planning a new look it begins with something you love and it goes from there. It’s just “sew” easy to change a pillow or transition my crisp spring drapes into the rich colors of fall. Fabric makes a home feel cozy and finished.
This year I celebrate 50 years of being a seamstress. My sweet grand-mother gets the credit for starting that process. Thank you, Mary Edith Davis.