Tinkering with Toile de Jouy…

…..as you do.

I recently nabbed some  antique French toile de jouy fabric, dating from late 19th early 20th century, apparently.  Anyway, it’s beautiful, but the pieces are quite small and some of the bigger ones have holes.  I was thinking about lavender bags and adding small pieces to bigger items but, in the meantime have made a pendant and a hoop as I feel, like Liberty fabric,  toile de jouy deserves to be framed.  Some of the pastoral scenes are a bit uncomfortable, the dogs are vicious looking, not cute, there are two men carrying a donkey tied up by its feet and a wild boar running amok – still, can’t accuse the designers of idealising the countryside.

According to Wikipedia, Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 18th century and toile de jouy literally means “cloth from Jouy en Josas”, a town of north-central France.  Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well, although toile-patterned shirts were widely worn in the 1970s (heaven forfend!).

If you want to know more about the history of toile de jouy  –  well, you might! – this article is very comprehensive http://www.quiltersmuse.com/toile.htm

Off to see if I can whip up a shirt for Mr. Tialys before he comes home on Friday so that he can impress them at the office next week.

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  1. #1 by houdini on August 19, 2011 - 18:10

    I love wallpaper that has been inspired by toile de jouy – Laura Ashley is often full of it!

    What about some patchwork cushion covers for your Etsy shop?

  2. #2 by UniqueNique on August 23, 2011 - 19:53

    Love the locket but I must say that I don’t think Mr Tialys will feel quite the same way about a shirt made from it ;~D

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