As this fabric came off the loom, and the long weft yarns on the reverse were trimmed, we recognised something truly special had happened. As beautifully drawn as the original pattern is, with all the detail of the traditional tree of life delicately depicted with the finest jacquard work, the “reverse” is spectacularly modern and exciting.
Patterns inspired by the geometry of nature have been popular for many centuries, and ORBIT is a new and fresh interpretation. A galaxy of interlocking hexagons embroidered on a linen ground brings the technique of crewel work right up to date. A available either in citrine, marine blue on white or white on natural.
This large island in the south Aegean sea, just off the Anatolian coast, was renowned as home to one of the seven wonders of the world: The colossus of Rhodes. This simple woven design, informed by traditional Greek embroidery is in fact woven – large floating yarns are intrinsic to the construction of the fabric giving a three dimensional look.
The wonderful combination of stitches and yarns of this embroidered linen gives a three dimensional effect as some elements catch the light in contrast to the heavier, main body of embroidery. A large design that combines two vertical coloured stripes and white highlights against a natural ground.
Another textured embroidery that brings so much dimension to the collection. Random squares of looped stitching are scattered over the cotton ground of the fabric giving it a wonderful tactile quality. The fresh ground and graphic quality work well as a contrast to the softer prints.
In Greek mythology Thalassa was the spirit of the sea. This stylized wave pattern, reminiscent of medieval wall paintings, but initially inspired by the extraordinary English home of the eccentric Edward James, suggests the movement of the ocean. It is embroidered on a fine cotton ground.
This fabric starts life as a soft linen weave, its irregular diamonds are woven into the construction. Once woven any yarns not tied in are cut, leaving a fringe effect around the pattern. Unlined it would make a wonderful semi sheer fabric but would also look pretty lined as a traditional curtain.
An embroidered border that works beautifully with Queen Bee fabric but equally to trim a solid coloured texture. The ground is an elegant ottoman weave which adds to the tailored feel and the four colourways echo the colours of the Dragon Dance wallpaper. The name reflects its honeycomb pattern.
Strings of joined, embroidered dots wind their way up the length of this gorgeous fabric the herringbone ground contrasts nicely with the soft sheen of the embroidery giving a very subtle decorative effect. The most perfect textile for curtains in both contemporary and more traditional rooms.
A combination of embroidery and hand block printing, MAKING TRACKS combines many of the elements of the collection in one design. The graphic shapes are softened by the print mark of the hand block technique but still work well as a counterpoint to other more organic designs. Available in three enchanting colourways.