I loved your beautiful garden photos yesterday. So many gorgeous flowers! You inspired me and I took my camera with me on the way to preschool pick-up today. More on that later this week...
Today I wanted to show you the book I scored at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago: Turkish Embroidery by Gulseren Ramazanoglu.
The pictures and patterns are all black and white, aside from a few oh-so-seventies photos in the middle. But the designs are so beautiful! I am totally inspired to start a new embroidery project, or even paint the patterns on furniture or something.
The visual instructions are a bit murky in the black and white photos, but still clear enough that I might try out some new techniques! I am so excited to have found this little gem, I've wanted to have this style of design and patterns handy and now I do. There's something both classic and modern in them, you know? There's been such a wave of international and ethnic motifs in design these last few years, maybe that's what drew me to the book. I don't know, but I am psyched!
I looked up the publisher to see if we could share a few patterns from the book for a stitch-along but no luck. The book was published in 1976 by Van Nostrand Reinhold, a publishing company that seems to have been acquired by John Wiley and Sons back in the 1990's. However the book doesn't show up when browsing the Wiley catalog. Hmmm. I am going to investigate the matter a bit further and will keep you posted!
What do you think of my thrift store find? What inspires you in the photos above? What would you embroider with these designs -- clothing, table linens, something else? I'd love to hear your ideas!