Domestitchery is where we take a look at how talented people make ordinary domestic items extraordinary through creative needlework.
I don’t know if there’s more needlework being highlighted in the shelter magazines over the last year or two or if it’s just my increased awareness, but I like it. This particular piece impressed me so much that it was torn from the magazine (ElleDecor – sometime in 2009) and filed.
While floral and pink aren’t really my personal decorating style, I really like the description behind this piece which was custom made for the 24-year old daughter of the featured homeowner. “Charm was her [the designer, Katie Ridder] decorative aim, but she also incorporated sophisticated details, such as… an ogee-shaped headboard lavished with embroidered pink carnations for [the daughter’s] room.” The big guns are saying that charm can be sophisticated and they are there using limited print space to tell us how the NYC designer contacted a “Paris-based textile impresario” who went to India to where she went back and forth for 8 months working with artisans to get it just right. We take take a lot of impressions from that, but politics aside what struck me as pretty dang cool is that embroidery is recognized as sophisticated and worth contacting professionals and spending time (and money) to get something well made. The next step is designers recognizing their local talent and contacting those artisans on whom to spend the time and money to get well-made fiber art for their projects.