We couldn't be more thrilled to have our Laurel Dinner Napkin in the June issue of VOGUE magazine!!! We are especially proud of our new extensive Flowers Collection and we are so excited to have a piece from the collection featured in print.
VOGUE June 2015 issue - page 99
Stephanie Housley drew her inspiration from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, right around the corner from where she lives, and from the feeling of walking through her yard as a child growing up in Ohio.
"I view living things like plants, tree, flowers, rivers, forest, all of it, with such awe - like it's pure magic."
Her process and illustrations are truly inspiring and we wanted to share all of the steps that led to these striking embroideries.
Stephanie first begins with an intricate pencil drawing. For these flowers, she carefully selected and composed the final bouquet including laurel blossoms, daffodils, cornflowers, pansies and delphiniums.
Then, after scanning the drawing into her computer she uses special software, redrawing every single stitch in order and by color so that it can be read by an embroidery machine.
the final product - 22" x 22" corner embroidery - Laurel Napkin
The machine then follows exactly as she drew it from start to finish, even taking into account the speed to determine stitch length. It is this alchemy of hand drawn machine embroidery that allows the final product to stay true to Stephanie's unique style and maintain the handmade embroidered quality of all Coral & Tusk textiles.
Our botanical embroideries started first with Plants Table Runner
last fall. This inspired us to further push bright florals for spring.
"I can't deny that the length and difficulty of this recent NYC winter was a huge motivation to create something so bold and full of color and life! I know it's cliche but my heart genuinely swells and my chest opens right up as soon as I see all the new Spring growth and buds opening!!"
We love imagining these used at a glorious garden party, an outdoor evening with lanterns and fireflies, an intimate wedding party gathering in the country, or a leisurely ladies lunch followed by coffee, gossiping and games - all settings sharing these bold colorful beautiful stems and bunches as the anchor to gather around for fun festivities.