Maryte Collard – Country – Architecture

In this challenge, as in previous and those to come, I am keeping my promise of using Lithuanian linen fabrics. No machine sewing and, if possible, no commercially dyed fabrics. My promise determines what type of Lithuanian architecture I am going to show.

In Lithuania, especially in our cities, we have all architectural styles, some buildings dating centuries ago, we also have modern buildings. But the most traditional architecture is wooden architecture. That’s how Lithuanians build their houses through centuries, using available local materials.

Driving in the country it is still possible to see some old buildings, others are preserved in open air museums.

I myself took a photo of this small house few years ago. It was build as a sauna at the end of 19th century but later redone into the house, where German Army unit had their office during WWI. It was convenient because of the railroad being close by:

Walls of country houses usually were built from logs.

The triangle under the roof at the end of the house (tympanum) was made from boards. Boards were arranged in different designs. There also could be a little window to lighten the attic. The same triangle was framed with rake boards that crossed each other at the peak. The loose ends of rake boards at the peak of the roof had different designs and served as decorations.

In old times the roofs usually were made from straw. The windows sometimes had window shades, usually painted with white paint.

Almost every house had a fenced flower garden.

In my quilt I combined features of houses from different regions of Lithuania. I used Lithuanian linen fabrics: unbleached commercial linen and my own rust and plant dyed linen. There is no sewing done at all (except binding), all pieces were layered and stitched together by hand.

Old country house

Detail images:

  1. Your description of the building is fascinating. The similarity with the photo is excellent. The use of linen in various forms perfectly reflects the colours of the wood. Good job.

  2. Lovely work with such attention to detail and immaculate stitching. I particularly like the way you have created the edge of the building where the logs meet and the roof. Great work!

  3. Very familiar type of a house architecture beautifully expressed in fabrics. Great job, Maryte!

  4. studiociboulette

    Incredible attention to details and beautiful quilting. I love your choice of fabric. So much history in the piece. Bravo.

  5. Wonderful interpretation and hand sewing.

  6. I so love your work and the use of fabrics. Also your hand sewing. Wonderful

  7. Lovely choice of fabrics that suits perfectly to your theme. I am in awe with your very regular hand stitching ! it adds an interesting texture to your piece.

  8. joanbrailsford

    I love the gentle natural colours in your design which seem perfect for the natural materials that the houses themselves are made from. Your stitching adds to the overall feel of the piece and is beautifully done.

  9. I love this little house. The colours are gentle and the stitching is beautiful. Well done.

  10. The natural colours of the piece so define the traditional architecture as shown in the picture. Your choice of fabrics is very effective and the hand stitching is beautifully executed. Lovely piece exuding tranquility and peace.

  11. Others have mentioned your use of a natural color pallete and I also greatly enjoy it. Your attention to detail and the handwork are both stunning.

  12. I love how you combined all these linens in this beautiful and quiet piece. Your hand stitching is stunning.

  13. Such a charming log cabin composition. All your hand stitching details are impressive. The use of linen fabrics along with natural plant dyes and rust gives your a quilt a beautifully soft color palette. Lovely!

  14. The linen fabrics you used gives an “old” feeling and are perfect to create an old house. Your hand stitching is great. Ik like the little fence with the flowers.

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