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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 166

CRAFTSMAN FABRICS AND NEEDLEXYORK
SASH  CURTAIN OF TEA-cOLORED NET DARNEL)  IN AN
OPEN PATTERN WITH SILVER-WHITE FLOSS.
would   bring them   into  the  same  class as
the   sturdy  oak  an(l    wrought   iron  and
copper of the other   furnishings.   Yet they
coul(l not be coarse or crude, for that would
have taken them as far away from the qtiality
of the furniture on the one side, as plushes
and brocades were on the other.
   For  upholstering the   furniture itself we
had found leather more satisfying than any-
thing else, especially as by constant experi-
menting we bad succeeded in developing a
method    of (Iressing that preserved   all the
leathery quality in much the same way that
we were able to preserve the woody quality
4 the oak, so that the leather maintained its
own   sturdy md ivicluality, at the same time
possessing a softness and flexibility and a sub-
SCARF OF  HAND-WOVEN LINEN  WITH  PINE (ONE
DESIGN IN DAENED WOEK.
SASH  CURTAIN or CASEMENT LINEN WITH FRET WORK
I)ESICN IN SOLIO DARNED WORK.
tlcty of coloring that proved wonderfully at-
tractive.   This was especially the case with
sheepskin, which we finished in all the subtle
shades of brown, biscuit, yellow, gray, green,
and   fawn,   but always  with  the  leathery
quality predominant tinder the light surface
tone.  These leathers accorded so well with
the plain oak furniture and metal work that
for a time they became almost too popular,
for they were used by many people for table
covers, porti&es and the like, in rooms where
rugged effects were considered desirable.  In
fact, the fad ran to such lengths that it for-
tunately wore itself out and leather was al-
lowed to return to its proper uses.
  This was made easier by the discovery of
certain fabrics that harmonize as completely
as leather \vith the general Craftsman scheme.
These are mostly woven of flax left in the
natural color or given some one of the nature
hues.  There are also certain roughly-woven,
dull-finished silks that fit into the picture as
SASH CURTAIN OF CASEMENT  LINEN WITH ANOTHER
FORM OP PINE CONE DESIGN DONE IN DARNED WORK.
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