Bon Weekend, Plus Antique French Textile ~ Toile de Juoy

It has been a busy week here… lots of networking, an IIDA committee meeting, and summer activities with my children.  Summer is in full swing and I am loving it!
This is by far one of my favourite applications.. love the mix of styles in this photo.  I am especially swooning over the royal blue chesterfield sofa.
One of my favourite things is antique French textiles.  The last time I was in Paris, my husband and I were walking down a street and I spotted a lovely shop with rolls of fabrics.  I stopped in my tracks and I gazed at what seemed to be endless spools of fabrics; however, I did not enter because we were on our way to some place and at the time, I had no use for them.  I cannot tell you how many times I wish I had entered that boutique regardless of needing it or not.  I still think about it and hope to find it again.
via pinterest
When I hold a vintage textile, as with any antique, I often wonder of the incredible journey that it has made, surviving the passage of time.  I wonder of the artist that dreamed it, the inspiration that it came from, and the mill workers and tools that created it.
Blue & white settee via here
Toile de Juoy has been a favourite for.. well, forever.  It can be utilized in so many applications from a girl’s bedroom, dinnerware, upholstery, and a dress to name a few.  The possibilities are endless. 
purple chair via here
Toile de Juoy was inspired by traditional Indian printing techniques.  During the first years, wood block printing was the only process used to create patterns of relief.  After 1770, etched copper plates replaced the wooden blocks.  This technique enabled monochrome printing and this began the process of scenes with characters, which has made Toile de Juoy famous. Soon after, the copper roller was introduced.  This greatly improved production and allowed 5,468 yards to be produced in one day.
Dita in a lovely toile dress, source unknown
Have you been to the Musée de la Toile de Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas, France?  If so, I would love to hear about it about your experience.  You can read more about Toile de Juoy here.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!
xoxo, B


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  • Reply VM Creation Atelier June 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Oh,my………….How stunning is you post!!!

    Those vintage textile is one of the mostly huge nice things.wich makes me so inspirational!:-)***
    I can imagine your feeling there by:)

    Thank you for your lovely woords and wish you too wonderful weekend with your family!


  • Reply M.A. the 2nd ~ Frances Russell June 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Such beautiful and inspiring images! I absolutely adore that crown and toile is also a favourite of mine! NOte my header!!!! I hope you have a lovely weekend too with lots of sunshine
    best wishes

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