As we discussed in yesterday's post hand-crafted and hand made furnishings are trending this year and if you think that this trend is a flash in the pan you'd be wrong! Patchwork has been a fundamental staple in many different types of interior design styles, Shaker, Folklore and Shabby Chic to name just a few for many years. This year we see designers take the humble patchwork and use it in many different guises to suit modern living styles. Patchwork doesn't have to be intricate quilting patterns, blocks or colours can work equally as well, more especially if you include a variety of different textures. Fabrics such as velvet, cotton and silk can sit comfortably next to one another to create a modern patchwork design which has its own unique qualities and little or no resemblance to the intricate designs we typically associate with patchwork. In the past patchwork quilts were made using left over fabric remnants or clothing which had seen better days. It was a pastime carried out by the women of the house who made beautiful designs from small pieces of fabric which were sewn together to make one larger piece, for instance bedding. The term quilting refers to layers of fabric, with the top often being patchwork, which are sewn together with an insulation layer in between. Today you can buy fabrics which have been sorted into bundles of patchwork to help you get the colour combinations and patterned fabrics just right. Take this one step further and you can create a patchwork duvet cover and luxury bedding using monochromatic colours, namely black and white, with the various shades and hues in between the two. This modern approach can be made by you or you can, of course, find this delightful bedspreads and duvets ready made; it may be defeating the object but it does give you the look instantaneously. To achieve the best results make sure you include patterns which compliment each other and stay true to the concept of monochromatic (you can choose any colour for a monochromatic scheme, it's just that black through to white is the most recognised). Slate grey, pewter and silvers are perfect and look stunning when paired with soft whites and soft greys. Whether you decide to embark on your own patchwork project or simply love the look, you'll find that the trend for patchwork has been around many centuries and there's no sign of the art of making patchwork soft furnishings decreasing any time soon.