|Toile de Nantes Valance fragment - Les Lois de Lycurgue|
Antique French toiles - whether it be Toile de Jouy, de Nantes, de Bordeaux - de Rouen etc are a wonderful source for creating unique cushions. While perfect lengths of toile are fabulous as upholstery, curtains or bed drapes, often enough can be recovered from a piece of damaged fabric to make cushions. Frequently pieces are hand quilted, having originally come from old drapes, and, when cleaned, can be used with a cotton or linen vintage fabric to create cushions. If not quilted a fragment will probably need to be strengthened by attaching it to a robust linen or cotton backing before being made up.
There are many books devoted to these delightful scenic toiles and I try my best to identify those I use, although this not always possible.
|Cushions made from quilted toile de Nantes and linen Vichy-type check|
|La Danse Savoyarde|
|Toile de Nantes - l'Art d'Amour|
|Toile with imagined scenes from Walter Scott|
|Toile de Nantes - Telemarque & Calypso|