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Hardcover Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking Book

ISBN: 0805046399

ISBN13: 9780805046397

Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking

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Book Overview

Quilters, historians, and everyone who appreciates the landscapes and textiles of southern France will treasure this glorious celebration of Provencal quilts. Both history and how-to, Quilts of Provence captures the exceptional artistry and the fascinating development of Provencal needlework-while beckoning you to create your own exquisite keepsakes with the instructions featured. Book jacket.

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A lovely view of Provencal needlework.

This book details the history and workmanship of the quilting craft that developed in Provence. The author shows the reader the origins of the provencal quilt and fabric prints. The text guides fhrough the centuries of Provencal needlecrafts and demonstrates the care and craft of quilted glories. A person who is experienced with quilt making can create their own provencal looking quilts for themselves or loved ones. For that is what it would take to create a quilted masterpiece or the quality found in this region. This volume could have had 10 stars if the skills were actually presented for the quilter.

A Visual Delight..and some great information

After stumbling over examples of this incredible craft in Milan, I wanted more information and certainly found it here! The text is very informative, the pictures superb with great attention paid to lighting them correctly so as to show off the intricate detail; this is a book for the reference library of the serious quilter and quilt historian, as well as delight to read for those who appreciate fine handcrafts.

Lavish Photography & Superb Scholarship

Readers will find in Kathryn Berenson's book a solid reference work on the distinctive style of Regional French quilting, both as bed dressing, and in articles of clothing. The clear, detailed photography reveals the mastery of the "whole-cloth" style of quilting, in both full-view and close-up. I was struck by the greater variety of embroidered subjects than seen in American or English quilts. I particularly enjoyed seeing so many examples of the famous (infamous?) 'chinoiserie' printed Indian cottons that were banned by the Crowns of both sides of the English Channel! Although not footnoted, the book is complete with three authentic projects to make; a useful guide to the care & feeding of the antique quilt; a short list of museums and shops in Provence; and an excellent glossary & bibliography. "Quilts of Provence" will grace a travel or history collection, or inspire and stimulate any quilter.

Rich, well written book re: the art of French quilting

I've never read a book which does such a good job of blending the history and flavor of a part of the world with an art form which flourishes there. The author combines a love for the countryside of France with deep knowledge of quilt design and detail. The photography and design of the book are also superb. This book can not only be enjoyed by devotees of fine quilting but by anyone who loves the marriage of art and craftsmanship.
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