From Josy en Josas to Beyond: Exploring the Global Influence of Pastoral Toile

Let the pastoral scenes of toile fabric come alive in Lori Lee Triplett’s lecture, Adventures in Pastoral Toile. Lori Lee is an award-winning writer who combined her research, writing, and performing passions into being an educator as a quilt historian. As a lecturer, she brings her experience from stage, screen, and radio to make the presentations fun and educational.

Lori Lee shares an immersive experience that dives deep into the history of toile fabric, with fascinating examples and new perspectives surrounding pastoral toile. While Josy en Josas may be commonly associated with this unique textile, this course uncovers a vast array of manufacturers and their unique contributions to the art. From the origins of toile in Great Britain to its conquest by France and the redefinition by America, explore the rich tapestry of its evolution. Delight in breathtaking textiles from different countries and gain valuable insights to discern between antique toiles and reproductions. 

This lecture was originally presented to the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center. The Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center, located in Pennsburg, PA preserves and interprets the history of the Schwenkfelders, a German-speaking Protestant group. Tea & Textiles with Caroline is an annual, virtual program that hosts expert speakers on textile history-related topics—the next Tea & Textiles will be held in January 2025.

What you will learn

  • Get to know the different designers of toile and their inspirational sources.

  • Unveil the secrets of toile production as you delve into the stories of renowned manufacturers shaping the fabric's legacy.

  • Develop a discerning eye for the distinct characteristics that set toile from different countries apart, and learn invaluable tips to spot their telltale signs.

  • Includes access to course videos, downloads, the Creative Spark private community, and discussion with your instructor. Your course content does not expire.

Adventures in Pastoral Toile: A Historical Textile Tale

Unveil the secrets of pastoral toile as you delve into the stories of renowned manufacturers shaping the fabric's legacy.