The Arts and Crafts patterns of the past have great transitional power. They have an honesty of design and straight forward sense of practicality combined with a touch of refinement in a style that bridges tradition and modern elements. The works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Stickley, Charles Rennie Mackintosh all come to mind as well the work of many others.
Inspired by an old embroidered throw of mohair and cording embroidery from the turn of the century, this pattern is one that I've used for years. The nature of the line, the spareness of design yet a punctuation of a flower form blend beautifully in a simple pattern as well as a more complex version.
Different shapes and sizes - from kidney pillows to chair backs, I've seen this pattern used frequently by Ann Holden of Holden & Dupuy of New Orleans. The Chair above is one by Dessin Fournir created for an interior by Ann. Randy Patton of Patton Design Studio in Rancho Mirage commissioned his own interpretation in this delightfully long kidney pillow below.
Embroidered using hand guided machines, the cording and chain stitch have the right interpretive sense of the design while allowing color changes and fabric choices that meld the pattern to just about any room.