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I was thrilled to recently discover the Victoria and Albert Museum in London has its own historic reproduction fabric range available to the public. The fabrics are inspired by designs from the Museum’s collection and are produced in the UK by Westminster Fabrics who also produce the Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabric ranges for Rowan. So these are excellent quality cottons.
The patterns showcased in this post are based on an original 18th century designs by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690–1763).
An incredibly prolific designer, Garthwaite was particularly interested in natural forms. She lived and worked in Spitalfields, London, and was one of the leading pattern drawers in the English silk industry.
The historic reproduction fabrics feature patterns inspired by Spitalfield silk, Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, and novelty designs from quilts lovingly recreated for modern home furnishing, dressmaking and craft projects. There is an amazing 50% off January sale offer on pre-cuts and fat quarter packs from the V&A Shop just now. So don’t hang about, if you like these designs go grab ‘em before they’re history (again)!
Bridgeen Gillespie AKA Cherry and Cinnamon is an illustrator, embroidery artist and sometime textile designer, she blogs at cherryandcinnamon.com
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