Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bright and Shiny! GOLD

The Holidays are right around the corner. No, literally they are right around the corner. Next week is Halloween after that you are basting a turkey for Thanksgiving then before you know it you are sprinting the mall head deep with shopper's looking for your last minute Christmas gift's! But relax, we are still in October and there is plenty of time for gift shopping so let's think about Holiday Decorating....with GOLD! As I was surfing the web awhile back I came across a new line of fabulous textiles from none other than Caitlin Wilson. Caitlin has created a handful of scrumptious gold-goodies that will brighten and lighten your holiday home. For more info head over to Caitlin Wilson Textiles and soak yourself in some Gold~  

thanks for taking a peek ~ Sharon

Gold Fleur

Gold Lotus

Gold Scallop

Gold Dot

Gold Hong Kong

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fabric Patterns - Names & Meanings

In the past I have made item's like cushions and curtains that go on boats. Some very big and some small. If you think your home does not have a level or square wall or surface, get on a boat. The angles and shapes I have cut out to make cushions and curtains are crazy! For my 'boat supplies" I head over to Sailrite, A complete online supplier of anything and everything for your boat and home. I receive their spotlight blog post's and came across a very fascinating article that I wanted to share with all of you. The below article will give you an insight into the current fabric trends and patterns that are happening now not only in home decor but in fashion as well. Names like Ikat, Quatrefoil and Suzani.
So the next time you come across a Jacobean Print, you can tell your friend's "The Jacobean print came from.....". They will think you are so fabric savvy!        

                                                                                                                      thanks for taking a peek~                                                                                                                       Sharon

Pattern Play: A Glossary of Fabric Pattern Names (taken from the Sailrite Blog)

Have you ever found a fabric you liked, but didn’t know how to describe it to find it again? We’ve all heard of florals, stripes and geometrics but fabric styles don’t stop there. I’ve been learning a lot about fabrics lately, including names for patterns that I never knew! So I’ve complied a list of some common patterns, their names, and a little bit about them.
1. Damask (DAM-usk): This elegant design gets its name from the city of Damascus, a major trading post along the Silk Road where fabric of this style was made and traded to the West. Damask fabrics feature patterns of flowers, fruit and other designs and are usually monochromatic. Damask designs are popular today in wallpaper, table linens, and upholstery.
2. Matelassé (Mat-la-SAY): The word “matelassé” is a French term meaning quilted or padded. This makes sense, as a matelassé fabric is a design with a raised pattern that appears padded, quilted or embossed. While they appear padded, matelassé fabrics don’t actually contain any padding. Matelassés are typically solid colors and are great for pillows, bedding, and more.
3. Quatrefoil (KAT-ruh-foil or KWA-tra-foil): This pattern comes from Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The name quatrefoil is Latin for “four leaves” and the design resembles a four-leaf clover. There are many variations of the quatrefoil, including the “barbed quatrefoil,” which is squarer and the “slipped” quatrefoil, which has a small stem. This design is popular in window treatments, pillows and wallpaper.
4. Houndstooth: This classic check was first worn by shepherds in the Scottish lowlands. It is a two-tone pattern that combines dark and light yarns in uneven rows. The uneven pattern results in a design that looks similar to a dog’s tooth, hence the name houndstooth. Houndstooth is popular in jackets and clothing but is also great for upholstery.
5. Suzani / 6. Chevron / 7. Paisley
5. Suzani (Su-ZA-nee): A traditional Middle Eastern pattern, suzani textiles were embroidered by brides as part of their dowry and presented to the groom on the wedding day. Suzani fabrics are usually a large-scale design with sun and moon disk (medallion), floral, and vine motifs. Today’s suzani designs are usually loom woven or printed. This style is popular for bedding and window treatments.
6. Chevron: A zigzag stripe pattern, chevrons have been popular in the U.S. for decades. The term chevron comes from the inverted V shape used in military insignia. In fact, the design goes back as far as 1800 B.C. on pottery and rock carvings. Chevrons are a fun, playful fabric for pillows, window treatments and much more.
7. Paisley: The paisley motif resembles a droplet, teardrop or tadpole and is of Persian and Indian origin. The British were introduced to the paisley design in the 18th century when the British East India Company brought back shawls with the design. The pattern got its name from the town of Paisley, Scotland, where textiles with the design were produced. Paisley continues to be popular today in formal styles as well a playful bright colors, perfect for kids’ rooms.
8. Ogee / 9. Jacobean / 10. Ikat
8. Ogee (OH-gee): Ogee gets its name from the architectural arch it resembles. The arch is formed at the connection of two, mirror image, elongated S shapes. Ogee patterns can sometimes resemble an onion. This curvy pattern is often used in bedding and rugs.
9. Jacobean: These patterns date back to the 17th century during the reign of King James I of England. A common motif in Jacobean fabrics is branches ornamented in color with fruits, flowers, and/or birds. They can have an old English feel to them, but many designers are now giving Jacobean elements a modern flair. Jacobean fabrics are often seen on upholstery or window treatments.
10. Ikat (EE-cot): Ikat refers to a dyeing and weaving method rather than the pattern itself. The term ikat comes from the Malay word “mengikat” meaning, “to tie.” The centuries old process includes tying the threads before they are dyed to achieve designs that are then woven into the fabric. This method gives ikat fabrics their signature blurred edges. Most ikats today are actually ikat-inspired prints.
Bring these patterns into your home with some new home décor projects. Check out our large selection of fabric by the yard including all of these styles at
What patterns are you loving right now? I’ve been really drawn to the ikats and quatrefoils lately.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

FALL SALE @ California Livin Home on ETSY!

FALL SALE happening NOW at California Livin Home on ETSY. Don't miss out. HUGE savings on Pillow Covers!

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