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Barron and Larcher

When printed on lighter linens and cottons, designs like Hazlitt or Log were most appropriate for soft furnishings such as summer curtains, whilst stripes and checks were often favoured for cushions and tablecloths. (No. 1, 2, 3) For the lightest of hangings, in the days when some chose to change curtains between seasons, designs such as Large Palm were printed on fine organdie, a material that also was used occasionally for dress. (No. 4) Some designs proved just as appropriate for garments as for upholstery. For example, Eve Simmonds had a beautiful tailored jacket with matching skirt made up by Venturette from Peach in black and honey coloured cotton velvet, while another variation of this design, probably printed on linen, made a very elegant sofa covering. (No. 5, 6)

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