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18th century silk textiles Trouvais IMG_7565 IMG_7597 IMG_7603 IMG_7604 IMG_7605 IMG_7611

A quick post to say Happy Weekend….and to let you textile nuts know I have a Tumblr site here Je suis Trouvais that I have created as a sort of running antique textile diary. The silk above was part of a deconstructed gown…10 full selvedge to selvedge 42 inch long panels (and two half panels) of beautiful brocaded French silk taffeta. I came for the silk, and stayed for the prospect of the reconstructed the gown. I’m torn. I can see a froth of this at a dressing room table. Or valanced over a bed. The bodice is tiny…25 inches around at the bust line and 15 inches long. The red roses scattered across the celadon field enchant me. Not all my textile finds are in the practical category. Some just stir the imagination. I will blame this on being raised on Masterpiece theater! Which is airing a bit of 18th century tonight…Poldark

And the lavender…is in full swing. My favorite varieties are lavender augustifolia “Provence”, with a bit of “Grosso” and “Hidcote” thrown in. Rushing this out…before the weekend ends!