Every year about this time - it becomes so gray here in the Northwest. All the leaves have fallen - the Garden Flowers are gone until next year. It's when I really feel the longing for some COLOR-! So with Christmas right around the corner - why not start some decorations for the House-! And what better Color to warm up the atmosphere than some Red-!
While searching my closets for fabrics - I found this Angel Fabric Collage and decided to add some finishing touches and details.
First I stitched on her arms - opened wide - so welcoming - she could hold a string of fabric Hearts - or Snowflakes - or placed on the Fireplace Mantle She could embrace a collection of miniature Toys-! ( Or with Her arms closed - she could hold a bouquet of greens or Holly with bright Red Berries-!)
Suddenly - all seems WARMER - amazing how a little Red works like magic-!
I'm thinking I could really get off on this Red & White Theme for a while - Following are some Red & White Decor Inspirations - Mostly with that beautiful simplictic Scandinavian style of Red & White Gingham - some Toiles - and Stripes too-!
Decor Images from: "A Passion for Pattern" by Katrin Cargill - Clarkson Potter
Love the neutral Pallette and Clean Look of this Room - I Noticed how it really comes to Life with the Magenta Flowers & Throw - And that Bold adaption of the Paisley Motif-! (Desiger:Jill Brinson-House Beautiful - Dec-2009)
What is the mysterious allure of Paisley-? These curvaceous, organic, almost embryonic Tear Drop Shapes-? They seen to intrigue us - even when arranged in regimented, uniform simplicity - Just as well as the more intricate patterns imaginable-! Is it that they often recall their exotic Persian Heritage-?
The "Paisley Motif"' dates back to 17th Century Kashmir shawl patterns - derived from Persian Flora Ornament. These shawls were much valued and worn by the ruling Mughal Court.
As the 18th Century progressed - the demand for handwoven Kashmir shawls grew - and were worn by wealthy women of fashion in Europe and Russia. (The Patterns became known as "paisley" from the name Paisley, Scotland - where many of thes textiles were produced.)
Although the Fashion for shawls passed - the Paisley Patterns lived on to become as varied and colorful as the designers imaginations-!
Fine Art Painter, Illustrator, Designer of Books, Fabric, and Fabric Collage.
I have also worked in Partnership with Robert Rae.
Our Combined Skills and Knowledge included: Fine Art Painting, Book Illustration, Sculpture, Wood-Working, Wood-Carving, Fabric Collage,
Restoration of Fine Antiques, and Custom Upholstery.