Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking

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Quilts of Provence presents a detailed and beautifully illustrated history of the marvelous quilted needlework of France. Quilts of Provence is a well-documented and anecdote-filled book showing examples of this visually appealing art in various Provencal settings and marrying the handsome textiles to the charm of their origins. Exquisite textiles emerged from the two Provencal traditions of printed textiles and elaborately stitched white work: beautiful bed covers and articles for the toilette, fancy gowns and accessories that captured the imaginations of playwrights, kings and queens and all their court.

The women of Provence adopted the needle arts and printed cottons for their own use as well, combining the bright color palette of printed cottons with floral prints and stripes to embellish their garments and domestic articles with stylized floral, heart, lyre and other fanciful high-relief quilting forms. This book opens the armoires of 17th- to 19th-century households to show how Provencal women brought summer sun and flowers into their lives every day of the year.

Quilts of Provence includes a detailed reference section with instructions for making traditional French quilts, directions for caring for and displaying quilts, and a directory of museums and shops in France where textile enthusiasts can see and purchase French quilted needlework.

With 192 pages and 175 color and 25 black and white illustrations.

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Kathryn Berenson, a researcher and dealer in antique French textiles, learned about the Provencal quilted needlework tradition from friends in Paris. Encouraged by textile curators and enthusiasts, and using her skills as a former print and broadcast journalist, she ferreted out the origins of this beautiful needlework. Ms. Berenson continues her study of antique French textiles from her homes in Washington and Paris.

From Library Journal:

The needlework technique of quilting is an ancient art. Born thousands of years ago in Asia, it migrated over the centuries across Europe to the New World, where it blossomed into a uniquely American folk tradition. Yet quilting also flourished in southern France, and by the 18th century Provencal women were creating "confections"-quilted bedcovers, petticoats, and decorative accessories-of such exquisite beauty and elegance that these items were exported throughout Europe and to the North American colonies. (Especially dazzling were the white wedding bedcovers.) In this lavishly illustrated volume, Berenson, a researcher and dealer in antique French and American textiles, traces the evolution of this highly sculptural corded and stuffed needlework (what the French call "embroidery from within") from its 17th-century origins in the ateliers of Marseilles to its decline at the end of the 19th century. Berenson writes with a clarity and passion for her subject that will be understandable to all general readers who appreciate beautiful handicrafts. She includes instructions for making three quilt designs, directions for caring for and displaying quilts, and a directory of French quilting museums and shops. A fine sourcebook for quilters, collectors, and textile designers.
Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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