Textile Sampler

The textures are mostly stone, slate and tile, forest and path, sky and bird sound. But lace making is a cottage craft here and most inns where we stay have lovely embroidery and lace-edged linens. Our hostess at Casa de la Samoza in Coto said that the winters were long and quiet and lacemaking filled the days.

This season, the textile inspiration of the day is that of flowers, amazing colors and form and thousands of them making a carpet of every meadow. I have never seen a country as full of flowers as Texas in a good spring until now. In addition to the wild vistas, every garden is festooned with roses, enormous camellia trees, honeysuckle and wisteria.