Life Lesson #11: We learn about Life when we look beyond ourselves
Besides being familiar with the inevitable “bandana print,” this Texas native’s earliest exposure to now-vintage linens was in the form of embroidered pillowcases and (usually) pineapple-patterned crocheted doilies. Thank you, Grandmother.
Occasionally, I was influenced by our neighbor to the south…
…or my next-door neighbor. I was only 4 years old when I moved away from Mr. and Mrs. Manny, but I still have vague memories of the tapestry-lined walls in their home.
My first trip abroad was to England where I discovered
a huge duffle bag charity shop after charity shop full of gorgeous linens–and where my love affair with the delicate arts of yesteryear began.
Norwegian Hardanger lace
Chinese embroidery and applique
Indian block printing
A few years ago I was exposed to the fabric of yet another country. Thank you, Kay.
And, of course, I have some beautiful handpainted textiles from…
But the crème de la crème of handworked textiles come from…
I’ve spent hours learning about many different styles and techniques through the linens of various countries. I’ve expanded my horizons and broadened my appreciation for cultures other than my own, but I’ll admit: I’m a lot more comfortable with culturally diverse linens than I am in a room where I don’t speak the language–or recognize the food.
How about you?