As promised, one of the latest in the V & A's very affordable and beach bag-friendly series of pattern books, Spitalfields Silks by Moira Thunder, is now available in the U.S. This edition explores the lively, very British, and still-fresh-looking silk textiles woven during the 18th century in Spitalfields, London. Designers may play around with the museum's patterns included on the accompanying CD.
[Image via the V & A.]
Thunder will offer a free Spitalfields Silks talk and tour at the museum on Wednesday, July 6. Click here for details.
[Click to enlarge Christopher Drake's photo of Michelle Joubert's house in Provence from French Country Living.]
Shifting to far more rustic fabric, I've been thinking a lot about stripes again. In an attempt to translate the vibe of Robert Capa's famous photograph into a room, I just bought a few yards of Ralph Lauren's hemp/cotton Cap Ferrat stripe, and I'm thinking about his Umbrella Fringe too.
Flipping through Caroline Clifton-Mogg's French Country Living, I came across more wonderful stripes and a new contender for best outdoor space (in my head it's always Jennifer Garner's garden, outfitted by Peter Dunham and photographed by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue Living). If you're looking for vintage French stripes, try Elizabeth Baer or Vintage Weave.