If you’ve never been I urge you to go, once in your lifetime. Years ago I won a scholarship to the museum (when it was called the American Museum of Quilts). I took a class with Ruth McDowell – brilliant. The Museum is such an experience. In fact the whole town is a quilter’s paradise.
Recently a friend and her husband made a trip to the South of France. Other than the trip itself which was memorable, a surprise discovery added to the fun. They found the Souleiado museum tucked away in Tarascon. And of course, she brought back some sample fabric pieces.
Filled with shelves of fabric samples spanning years of manufacturing, the Museum is a quilter’s dream.
The original designs were inspired by the gorgeously coloured light weight printed cotton fabrics imported to Marseilles from India. The French adapted these patterns to hand cut wooden printing blocks and created fashion lengths of fabric. Amazing to think Picasso wore Souleiado shirts. Of course, by the time he was sporting these high end outfits the company had switched over to copper plate printing. So the hundreds of years of “indienne” designs are preserved.
Yardage is not easy to find. Souleiado fabric is used for made up items such as clothes, accessories and scarves. However, if you search around you can find charm packs and vintage yardage. French Connections has a good selection.
Wouldn’t this make the most fantastic quilt back? Look at those colours!
We made it all the way across America. It was clear weather all the way…… until we reached Portland, Oregon. I think we would have been disappointed if hadn’t rained. After all, this is what everyone thinks of when they think of the North West.
Anyhow – we are back on track, business as usual etc.
Will be posting my normal textile and beadwork related notes from now on.
We are on our way! Our little car, Mrs Bean, hitched up to the back of a 17 foot truck, is heading to the North West. Short hiatus on the blog posting while we drive over 3000 miles all the way across America from Clearwater, Florida to Portland, Oregon, our new home.
What a trip!