I was going through old images recently, and it was really amazing looking back at the last twenty years of toile fabrics that we have had. Virtually every company printed toiles. While some were based on the traditional French patterns, many companies developed their own patterns. I decided to dust off these patterns for people to enjoy!
But, first a bit of history! And the history of toile fabrics is a complex intertwining of politics, science, and religion.
Whimsical home decorating fabrics bring a smile to one’s face, and can add charm to a room. At Brick House Fabrics our focus is novelty fabrics, so we tend to see a lot of whimsical patterns! We thought it would be fun to look at some of the ones we have had in the past.
Over the years we have seen an amazing array of equestrian fabrics. The reason there are so many is, it is a huge genre. There are horse fabrics, horse toile fabrics, horse and hound fabrics, horse jockey fabrics, horse racing fabrics, and on and on! There are fabrics for Western Decor, etc.
The first horse fabric I bought was on a buying trip. It was a P.Kaufmann fabric, which had been discontinued. I bought the few yards left and took it home. This showed a fall day, with the hunt riding across the fields, with a lazy river in the background. I don’t have an image of the whole piece anymore. But, a woman sent a picture of a pillow she made, that shows a bit of it.
Recently Katie, who is in her 20’s, wanted to make a curtain for a bedroom window. She went to a large retailer to look for and choose the material for it. But, she found it so over-whelming that she left. She did not know what was suitable, how much she would need, and there was no one to help her.