Arts & Crafts Period Textiles
Textiles play an integral role in creating an Arts & Crafts home, introducing color, pattern, warmth and comfort into the decorating scheme. Working in techniques used at the turn-of-the-century, hand embroidery, printing and stencilling, this studio creates textiles for the home in period designs and their own Arts & Crafts inspired designs. Items include curtains and other window treatments, pillows, table linens, bedspreads and wall hangings. Yardage and curtain hardware are available and the workshop produces a line of embroidery kits which are marketed through many historic house gift shops as well as their own catalog. They also execute designs for other artists and architects as custom textiles.
Arts & Crafts Period Textiles was founded in 1987 by Dianne Ayres and Timothy Hansen. Dianne learned the trade of custom sewing of interior textiles from her grandmother who operated a workroom in her home in Indiana. Dianne also studied textile arts at Indiana University. Timothy began collecting Arts & Crafts antiques in the 1970s. The couple continues to refine their collection for their Berkeley brown shingle home and also collects books, ephemera and textiles to further their research on turn-of-the-century design. In addition to the production of the workshop, Dianne and Timothy write and lecture nationally on the topics of Arts & Crafts textiles and design.