Fabrics > Modern & Bright > Ludlow by Denyse Schmidt
My new fabric collection, Ludlow, is a tribute to the old mill towns of New England, where I grew up. Nearly every town developed around a small manufacturing company, housed in a red-brick building situated on a river, with the ubiquitous triple-decker factory housing dotting the landscape nearby. Fabric shopping with my mother meant a visit to the mill itself, winding our way around circuitous halls and dusty rooms with rolls of fabric everywhere. Most of the mills in our area produced fabric or trims; but at one time, some of the mills wove beautiful, graphic renditions of the early- American hand-woven wool coverlets I love so much. If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well. Those childhood visits inspired a deep appreciation of quality workmanship, and an understanding of the time needed to achieve high quality. Ludlow is reminiscent of the grace and beauty of a time that has passed, and perhaps a harbinger of beautiful works yet to come!