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Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
(1909)

The kind of fabrics and needlework that harmonize with and complete the craftsman decorative scheme,   pp. 165-168


Page 165

THE KIND OF FABRICS AND NEEDLEWORK THAT
HARMONIZE WITH AND COMPLETE THE CRAFTS-
MAN DECORATIVE SCHEME
WE have traced in this book the de-
          velopment of the Craftsman scheme
          of building and interior decoration,
          beginning with the house as a whole
and thence working back to an analysis of
the different rooms, the wall spaces, struc-
POET IEEE iS  CEAFTSMAN CANVAS \VITH PINE CONE
DESIGN IN APPLIQUE.
tural features, furnishings and metal work,
all of which must be considered separately as
essential parts of the complete structure, in-
cluding the decorative scheme.  In doing this
\ve have reversed the process by which we
worked out the idea in the first place, for we
began ten years ago with the furniture; the
metal work followed as a matter of course
because it was the next thing needed; then
the dressing of leathers to harmonize with the
style of the furniture and the wood of which
it was made.    Then came the finding of suit-
able fabrics and the kind of decoration most
in keeping with them, and from     all these
parts was naturally developed the idea of the
Craftsman house as a whole.
  At first it was very difficult to find just the
right kind of fabric to harmonize with the
Craftsman furniture and metal work.  It was
not so much a question of color, although of
course a great deal of the effect depended
upon perfect color harmony, as it was a ques-
tion   of the texture and character  of the
fabric.  Silks, plushes and tapestries, in fact
delicate and perishable fabrics of all kinds.
were utterly out of keeping with Craftsman
furniture.   What  we  needed were   fabrics
that possessed sturdiness and durability; that
were made of materials that possessed a certain
rugged and straightforward character of fiber.
weave   and   texture,<such a character  as
PORTIkRE OF CRAFTSMAN CANVAS WITH cHECHF.RBmY
DESIGN IN APPLIQUE.


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