Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Paisley," by Mary Ruth

Mary Ruth, another fellow Texan, sent this Paisley fabric postcard embellished with fabric paint. I always wanted to know more about the "Paisley" design. This was a good opportunity to do research. Here is what I found:

"The lacy teardrop pattern known as paisley is Persian (Iranian) in origin, but its western name derives from the town of Paisley, in central Scotland. From roughly 1800 to 1850 , using Jacquard looms, the weavers of the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, adapted the design to weave woollen shawls, hence the design became known as the Paisley pattern."


Paula Nadelstern creates fabulous kaleidoscope quilts using fabrics with intricate patterns, including Paisley designs.

Here's a simple kaleidoscope quilt block pattern by Lucie Sinkler. The site allows you to download the pattern as a pdf to print.

Thanks for my postcard, Mary Ruth.

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