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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Toile De Jouy

Some years ago while we were living in Bournemouth, I used to visit Dorchester Market, this was a great place to find fabric. I bought lots and put it away until I needed it. I have used it to make lots of curtains since. I had a few pieces of Toule de Jouy fabrics of different colours and designs.'Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy en Joas", a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well, although toile-patterned shirts were widely worn in the 1970's'
Some of the paler colours I used to line curtains and this adds a nice touch when the lining is seen where they are hanging. The piece below was a small piece so I decided to make a quilt, lining it with fleece fabric (no wadding) and quilting through. I began this a couple of years ago and have just got it out again and finished it


Needled Mom said...

I have always enjoyed the different toiles. Their designs can be so interesting. A quilt is a great use for yours. Nice job.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Another facet of your talent comes through the post today. This will be a treasure for years to come, and it is so soft and pretty. Great job!

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