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."

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisley_(design)

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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