2009 Weave of the week #9: In the garden

Woven tulips

Woven tulips

As W.C. Fields famously said, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” Well, this week I would too because the Philadelphia Flower Show will be open from March 1 to 8. I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show one year and the warmth, the day-glo tropical plants, and the earthy-floral aroma transported me right out of the grey northeastern winter.

But since I can’t be in Philadelphia, I chose a flowery woven fabric to be this week’s weave. It is as sweet and dainty as a petit four, and may be French too. The mills that I worked for subscribed to European swatch collections, and this lovely fabric came from one of them.

It is finely woven cotton with approximately 80 ends and picks per inch. The supplementary-warp tulips — with shaded petals and green leaves and stems — are surrounded by corded frames. Actual size of each section is only about 1/2″ wide by 1″ high because the supplementary warps are packed in with the ground ends.

I thought about what the intended use of this fabric might have been and decided that all the extra ends, plus the cording, make it too stiff to be a garment — except possibly as trim — but it would have made exquisite curtains or table linens.

This fabric perfectly embodies the beauty and serenity of my fantasy garden, which would look very much like Childe Hassam’s painting of Celia Thaxter in her garden.


6 Responses

  1. Hallo!
    You have a nice blogg. I love your tulips.

    • Hello, Birgitta, Thanks very much for your nice comment. The tulips are a commercial swatch that I like very much and wrote about but didn’t weave. I like the weaving on your blog and wish that I read Swedish. Please stop by again.

  2. Eva, Thank you for your comment.

  3. How pretty and charming! Makes me want to start gardening already. The Philly Flower show is a little too far for me but I will go to Longwood Gardens today and see their indoor flower display. I really enjoy your posts – thank you!


  4. Hi, Sue, Sounds like you’ve been to Appledore. I envy you : )

  5. Dreaming of spring flowers…perfect for a snowy winter night like this one!

    I’ve only attended the Philadelphia Flower show once – need to get back there one of these years!

    Celia Thaxter’s garden is much closer to home for me – those islands are beautiful in the summer!

    Spring, summer…..just around the corner, right?


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