Will's uncle's apartment in Venice has the most beautiful collection of linen. The hand towels in the bathroom, the napkins used for breakfast and dinner, the tablecloth on the dining table, the scatter cushions on the sofa - it is all the best I've ever seen.
It all came from a local Venetian friend of Will's aunt. She has a little shop in Venice that, alas, was closed the weekend we were there. Will's aunt is developing a line of bedlinen with her and is currently sourcing fabric, collecting samples, and working through the ways and means. This is a subject close to my heart so we chatted quite a bit about it. And when I was in Japan I was on the lookout for books with applicable images and ideas for her.
I've just spent a couple of hours scanning in some of my favourite images from my collection of books I've gathered over the last 15 years or so. I have an Italian book in particular that has the most incredible examples of embroidery I've ever seen (like this one). The book is written in Italian and is long out of print.
On Monday I'll be back to the post office to send a little parcel to Venice that contains a Japanese craft book, a disk of images and a list of ISBN numbers. The sort of mail I'd be happy to receive.