for thomas and Ophelia....
I am going riding this afternoon, so I am thinking of a riding theme for today's post. I use more and more horse theme items in my creations. This one is a piece of  linen embossed with a very graphic horse design from 1913.

A German artisan carved a wood block with this horse in motion, then dipped that wood block in hot tar and embossed his wife's hand-woven hemp linen with the design.

These pillows are also antique German homespun linen. I made this pillow pair from a German grain sack that dated to 1907. This horse was hand drawn using a stylus dipped in hot tar. I am so impressed with the incredible designs created by these European country craftsmen.

I think these neutral coarse textured linens with their graphic designs pair perfectly with the delicate antique French provincial floral fabrics in my collection. This piece could make some gorgeous curtains or bedding...

This antique French floral fabric with the wild roses was made from numerous hand carved wood blocks all dipped in different color inks. The white portion was actually a "relief printing." The French fabric maker created the designs in wax and applied that wax to the fabric so it would "refuse" the dye. Now that area is white, and the rest is beige and roses. Gorgeous! This antique fabric took months of hand work to create.

This is how I decided to display my graphic antique European linen with the equestrian design. I am bringing this piece to my show in the Hamptons this summer.

This is where I am off to this afternoon. I decided a few years ago that we may only go around once on this planet, so I'd better make the most of it. My idea of the perfect go 'round is on a horse. I feel most free and happy when I am riding.
This antique German piece of homespun linen is well worn and loved. I am crazy about the original patches. There is so much wonderful patina to this piece. I have turned it into a tapestry.
A shot from my favorite vacation with my two biggest loves, Jonathan and Katherine. We went hiking in Tennessee and did a little riding too.
I hope you enjoyed my equestrian themed piece. There are sure to be lots more of these to follow.
Giddey 'up!!!!