This poppy pattern is taken from Plate XXXVII in Christopher Dresser's "Studies in Design", c. 1875. The description of the plate is "Sheet of powerdings, adapted for wall-ornaments." Well, off to the dictionary to learn that powderings are (in this context) "Decoration by means of numerous small figures, usually, the same figure often repeated." We originally turned this motif into a stencil for a wall ornament for a client's kitchen.
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This floorcloth was made for the house entrance, which leads into a kitchen and dining area. The flooring is a blue/green linoleum and we wanted to compliment that color while bringing in some of the orange colors found in rugs in the kitchen area.