at Tiffany's" was one charming, romantic and fun film. I
remember seeing it for the first time when I smiled so much that my face
hurt. That has not changed in the dozen
or so times I have re-watched that film.
Audrey Hepburn's best, and my favorite film for her, is 'Wait Until Dark.' I may just have to have my own personal
Audrey Hepburn movie marathon just for me. We could go on and on - (My Fair Lady!). . .
Today's movies are full of violence, four letter words (If
removed, the movie would be reduced to a 10 minute chase scene.) good/bad guys
neither of which have any redeeming qualities and of course, the nude
scenes. It is sad, movie goers see so
little romance and simple happiness on the screen.
On to my topic for this blog. The romance from Breakfast is the mood I am
seeking with my Toile design today. I
love Toile because it is straightforward, simple, uncomplicated and
understatedly elegant all at the same time.
Interestingly, during my research, I found that the original
Toile was often in multiple colors.
This photo is not an original, but it is lovely just the same. Truly, while this is on the busy side, it is
really very charming. You can purchase
this one - which is sold in 45"
increments; the rider less horse is about 5 1/2" ( 13.97 cm. ) tall; the
punt is about 6 1/2" ( 16.51 cm. ) long. The width is 57" and 100%
cotton. It is only $24 per 45"
length. That is reasonable! Many of the ones I found were closer to $100 to
$500 per length.
No wonder we find these in the finest of homes. By the time we determine the matching and
other considerations for a sofa or drapes, you have a significant investment.
Toile is also related to Chinoiserie
(shēnˌwäz-rēˈ) that I presented in May, 2011. It is probable that
many 'trends' and 'new' ideas get their inspirations from the truly timeless
items we all appreciate.
How lucky we all are to be in a craft that pays homage to so
many beautiful things. We can replicate
and enjoy things many people can only see from afar.
I selected this design from the beautiful Starbird
collection. It was a difficult decision
Notions has some fantastic ones as well. As an additional money savings value, both of
these designs come in Design Packs making them priced as low as $1. to $2.65. When you appreciate them with their artistic
value, (I consider many of my designs as works of art), they are really
I am starting with a nylon stabilizer. The reason is that I want my fabric/design to
have a lot of stability while it is still flexible. At the price of $15.99 for Club Members, it is vefry reasonable!
I am not really sure where I want to use the project, but I
know what I like. Stability and soft are
good combinations and not all stabilizers can do that. I could also use Badgemaster. In the final decision, the nylon was the
right choice as you will see later.
I created my first 'discovery sew' (finding out about what
the end result will really look like), I used 60 weight thread. I did not use bobbin thread because it lacks
the sheen that the thread will have.
I am using my 'pin and baste' method because I am becoming a
very big fan of that process. After the
baste is complete, I can get another good look at my placement and that is a
plus for me. (As you can see, I am into
the "Tiffany Blue" mood. It is
a beautiful color to say the least. It
is as close as I will come to anything from Tiffany's!!) This scarf is the true Tiffany Blue, and only
$150, at the Tiffany site.
Back to the project. I also tried doing the Toile in a 40
weight gold colored thread. It looks a
lot better in person than it does in the photo.
The first is the 40 weight and the second is the 60 weight (in white). See my blog on the explanation of the weight of thread.
The gold is indeed much more vibrant. But you can see the difference in the
coverage from the 60 weight thread.
In the end, I did decide on placing my master piece on a
chair. I can't wait to finish it!
As you can see, Badgemaster would not have been a good
choice here. One spill of a drink and it
would not have a happy ending.
The draping is perfect and using the right design, the right
stabilizer and the right techniques will result in something you will treasure
for a long time to come.