Monday, March 9, 2009

Catalina Tiles

When I went on that cruise a few weeks ago, we spent a day in Avalon, Catalina. Many of the women in our group were interested in Catalina Tiles. It turns out that in the 20s and 30s, beautiful unique ceramic tiles were made on the island. There are now several companies that are reproducing these tiles and several of our group bought tiles to take home.


When I saw the tiles, I thought: Needlepoint Design. In a coffee & gift shop, I found some note cards with pictures of tiles on them. So I bought a bunch of them with the idea of doing a needlepoint design. I have made some progress. I have all of the tiles charted, but only one has been thoroughly "adapted". I have a lot of work left to do to make these "mine". I have found some websites about the tiles, so I will be attempting to stay true to the original designs while changing them so they are not "copies". This is what I have so far:

6 comments:

threadmedley said...

These are going to be wonderful. So much detail for you to play with. I can't wait to see how you adapt them to needlepoint.

Front Range Stitcher said...

Gorgeous. These are beautiful in any medium even moreso stitched!

Carolyn said...

Liz, last fall we visited Catalina and I was amazed to hear what collector's items the original tiles are. What a great idea you have!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

I have a number of these adapted to needlepoint in my line from about five years ago - but don't produce them any more. They are indeed wonderful!!!

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Talavera tiles are also great for np adaptation - you might also investigate that. I did really well with them in the past.

omashee aka Barb said...

These tiles are sooo beautiful! Can't wait to see what you come up with in NP