Stickley, Gustav, 1858-1942. / Craftsman homes
The kind of fabrics and needlework that harmonize with and complete the craftsman decorative scheme, pp. 165-168
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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