Music Night, May 25 2012

Special tip of the hat to Alyssa at Think Progress for her recent list of female pop performers. The particular video she offered is an interesting cover but I wanted something without any digital disguise, because singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has a truly gorgeous voice.Oh, and glasses.

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The Watering Hole: May 25 — Toile

Photo by Zooey

One of the fabrics I’m always drawn to is toile, or more exactly Toile de Jouy, which translates to “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas“, which is a town of north-central France.  Toile’s simple color scheme — usually a red, black, or blue on cream — is easy to look at, and the longer you look at the various pastoral scenes, the more you see.

Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply “toile”, is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers.

The peaceful scenes in the bag pictured above feature families going to market, planting a garden, washing clothes in a stream, and fishing.  Very nice.  I’m looking forward to working with this lovely fabric again.

This is our daily open thread — Happy Friday!!