The aprons are finished, so we’re doing this early. I’m calling it the Thingy instead of that other word, hoping I can stop the comments from people who obviously troll the internet searching for sites using that word. Even when I carefully explain that this event is meant to be a thank you to readers who have commented on my (non-g******y) posts, I still get these random entries. Some of these people have made comments every single time I have conducted one of these events, and it’s pretty clear they don’t read my blog. Oh well . . . on to the aprons.
This month two readers will each receive an apron. The fabrics I chose this time are not old, but are based on antique designs. They are sample pieces of decorator fabric from Brunschwig & Fils, which were part of a lot of large samples (around 26″ x 36″) I purchased on ebay last year. I’d never heard of B&F before, but that’s probably because I just found out their fabrics are crazy expensive at $100+/yard. They are beautiful, though, and these samples, which are fairly heavyweight, make lovely pillows, bags or chef style aprons. Here’s a quote from the B&F home page:
From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors. Brunschwig & Fils is the canon of high quality decorative textiles in the home furnishings industry, and today its many other products include wallpaper, trimmings and upholstered furniture.
The first fabric is Theodora (cotton/linen blend) in the espresso and bittersweet colorway. B&F states “This 18th century French interpretation of an Indianne design, heavily laced with color, brings out the best of French complexity and Indian imagination.” The other colorways are more subdued, but I like this wild one. I used a small brown and pink print for the bias neck treatment and the small doubled ruffle which goes all around the apron. The ties are grosgrain ribbons.
The second fabric sample is Egremont (cotton) in robin’s egg, which I believe is out of print. The label claims the pattern was authorized by the Society for the Preservation on New England Antiquities in Boston, as an adaptation from a block-print sidewall paper, France, 1815-25. On this apron I used a 19th century reproduction brown to make the bias binding, and I added a little vintage lace trim, which was a gift from Joyce Carter, a reader who won an earlier apron.
If you have not yet won an apron this year, and you have ever made a comment on my blog (other than for a you-know-what), you are eligible to enter. Simply let me know in a comment below which apron you would prefer. I will use a random number generator to select the winners on Tuesday, July 1. NOTE: If you are the second person chosen, you may or may not receive your preferred apron.