repeat flowers, repeat flowers, repeat flowers, repeat …..

by Sharon Santoni

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth


I have been researching antique indigo textiles for a piece I’d like to run on the blog in July, and I’ve looked at so many beautiful  images, and handled so many stunning textiles that I seem to have managed to get  repeat flower patterns on my brain.

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth

I’m particularly taken with the depth of colour in the old fabrics, and the subtle balance between faded pattern and deep natural dye.

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth

So just for fun today I had a little ‘repeat flower’ photo session.  Laying out groups of poppy heads, white and pink roses, mahonia berries and the tiny white flowers of a plant that grows everywhere here, and who is sometimes called camomile; although between you and me I don’t think that’s what it is.

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth

The background fabric is an antique heavy linen sheet that I dyed and often use for table settings …


and once again this morning, it occured to me that one of the things I love so much about blogging is the way it gives me a licence to procrastinate and play around with ‘pretty’, instead of ticking off the to-do list for the day.

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth

Hey ho …..

repeat pattern of flowers arranged on cloth

Wishing you all a happy start to the week, thank you for reading me.


Kimberly June 29, 2015 - 12:46 pm

So creative! The blue and white flowers in the third photo from the bottom would make a gorgeous design for a fabric!

Pat Catherall July 2, 2015 - 11:39 pm

I was thinking the same exact thing!

Corinne June 29, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Absolutely beautiful. In the Northeast USA our flowers are thin and few, we have heard about sunshine but it is rare to capture this season. Fabric design probably starts just this way for some artists! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne June 29, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Superbe !!! Great blog !

Vicky from Athens June 29, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Gorgeous! I see a couple of great patterns for bed linens!

Sandra June 29, 2015 - 2:35 pm


Just beautiful! I love photo #3 – such a lovely bouquet.

Thanks for sharing your talents.

Rosemary Green June 29, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Lovely, Beautiful flowers. Love your blog and posts. <3

Diana ferguson June 29, 2015 - 2:47 pm

What fun! The faded indigo is such a perfect background for the flowers. So attractive.
Thank you for sharing your ideas! Diana

Jeanie June 29, 2015 - 3:20 pm

So lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Mary Hubler June 29, 2015 - 3:23 pm

Few years ago, A friend asked me early morning for nice table bouquet, bridal shower for her son and lady, they liked nice but quirky things too. I used concord grapes, dill, roses and day lilly (opened after it was on table). All in walk around my then well tended garden. Really pretty.

Carolyn June 29, 2015 - 3:25 pm

I think you should design floral fabrics! It’s time they come back into style again. With your talent they would be incredible. The little white flower is a type of feverfew.

Sharon Santoni June 29, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Feverfew! Of course it is , thank you Carolyn


Sharon Mynhier June 29, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Beautiful as always, the white flower is Feverfew, my is blooming now, & it dries well for bouquets. Would love to see French Lavender talked about.

Sharon Santoni June 29, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Funny you should say that Sharon, my lavender is in full bloom and I was preparing to talk about it on the blog …. watch this space!

Sally June 29, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Really beautiful! What fun and very creative. I love the linen fabric as well. Thank you for playing and sharing with us!

Madeline Margraves June 29, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Sharon….it seems everything you do is fun….wish we all could find such joy in simple things and nature. You ARE an inspiration to me.

Colleen Taylor June 29, 2015 - 5:01 pm

I’m sure someone else has come up with the idea of turning these beautiful flowers and photos into gorgeous textiles. It would be stunning but then everything you do is stunning Sharon. X

Esther George June 29, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Absolutely Beautiful! Good morning Sharon, it’s 1.05 am watching the tennis almost bed time. Just had to tell you I love the colour of your fabric and the style in picture no. 2 very pretty. You realise I have been looking at the latest nursery catalogue and I wanted to order 1 or 2 ok ok maybe 3 plants I put it down telling myself must not order anymore for now but looking at your blog well you have inspired me as always. Thank you for sharing beauty. Till next time regards Esther from Sydney.

Marian from UK June 29, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Beautiful idea Sharon! As you say, what better way to spend the morning than by being creative for your blog! I bought a lovely old embroidered French linen sheet for our bed – gorgeous. But hadn’t thought of getting a plain one and dying it…..Hmmmmm. Such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing.

Donna Denney June 29, 2015 - 5:31 pm

Hello Sharon,

Your blog is always so very lovely, I look forward to seeing your post in my inbox.

I absolutely LOVE the linen sheet that you dyed, and the various flower arrangements on it. I would love to see you produce the solid fabric, the blue and white version, and the assorted floral version. I could definitely see doing my bedroom in these!

Keep posting! I enjoy the inspiration!

Your virtual friend,


Karena June 29, 2015 - 7:31 pm

Gorgeous glorious works of art Sharon!!
The Arts by Karena

Leslie in Oregon June 30, 2015 - 12:57 am

Thank you for this lovely post and the ideas it gives me as to how to use the berries on the abundant Mahonia acquifolium (Oregon Grape) in our garden. Leslie in Oregon

suzanna June 30, 2015 - 1:13 am

OH I love this…..I have 100 yards of Ralph Lauren linen sitting in my closet….I must get this out asap…..I so wish I could plant or FIND Peonie seeds, or plants to plant in Florida…I can’t seem to find them….you grow the most unique and beautiful flowers Sharon! I love it…..big National Holiday coming up in the USA, 4th of July….and 100 degrees here…wow……….have a blissful weekend Sharon! xoxoxo

Tatyana June 30, 2015 - 9:49 am

Wonderful game of colours, flowers, details…. Love it!!!

Alexandra Lansdown June 30, 2015 - 12:43 pm

Absolutely brilliant idea and captivatingly beautiful.

Pamela July 1, 2015 - 7:51 am

All the photos are great. My favorite are 2 and 6 the would make a great comupter wallpaper. It is fun just to able to take time and play with a project..
Have a great day.

franki July 2, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Those birds…just stripped my mahonia!! Gaaa!! Lovely photos!! franki

cindy hattersley July 2, 2015 - 10:47 pm

I think you have a second career designing textiles. I will take one of each!!

protéine whey October 9, 2015 - 9:51 pm

gostei seu tema! qual você usa aqui? tenho
um site que falo sobre o mesmo raciocínio, quem queiser
dar uma olhada..


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