Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day Book---pinks/lavender

A Day Book contains daily fabric samples of mill production, serving as a history of the mill's products and a source of inspiration for the future.

My Day Book is dated August 1899-July 1901. This example ( pattern # 2212, color 3) is from June 28, 1900.  The coloration is slightly to the lavender.

These two, in pink, are from August 23, 1900. The original printed yardage has been sold,most likely used and gone. These small samples retain the vibrant colors of the summer of 1900.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Top Furnishing fabric color---1846

Red Furnishing  style fabric
According to the 'Domestic Duties' 1846 edition, Red was the top furnishing fabric color for the season. It looked especially attractive against 'wallpaper or paint of drab, gray, dull pink, pale olive, pea or sea green'. 

A merchant's ledger from Iowa that same year listed both cash and barter prices for available textiles.

Baltimore Album c 1847
 A yard of calico sold for 25 cents per yard or 5 pounds of butter. Fine muslin was priced at 60 cents per yard or 20 eggs.

These prices were about 3 times more than 20 years earlier.

Yarn dyed check
The ledger also mentioned significant quantities of checks and stripes plus 'a fine selection' of furnishing goods...maybe reds?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

American early 20th century textiles

In American the Art Nouveau movement may have influenced Marie Webster's elegant appliqué quilts of the early 20th century—Gay Garden, Wind Blown Tulip and Primrose Wreath. These were often made from solid colored mid tone pastels. If you look at the 1924 Sears and Roebuck catalog, the cottons are mainly the monochromatic cool colorations in dark shades of the late 19th century with a few pastels, solids and prints.

Post World War I, Germany had to give up their textile aniline dye formulas as part of War Reparations. Soon American textile chemists had more options. By the 1926 Sears catalog there was a dramatic shift in the style and color of the cotton prints. You now see not only solid rose but also numerous pink prints. The same was true for a clear sky blue in solids and prints. There were still a few indigo and Shaker gray prints offered. The ‘lights’ also changed from shirting prints to solids in white and off white.

The popular pastels prints featured stylized leaf and flower patterns along with children’s novelty designs in rose, sky blue, soft yellow and green, peach, aqua and lavender

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Regency Stripes

Woven or printed stripes of the same width and alternating between light and dark were very popular during the Regency era, 1795-1837.  The actual dates of the Prince Regent, later George IV, 1811-1820, are known as the formal Regency. This era was a transition period in art, architecture, literature, fashion and culture between Georgian and Victorian. Queen Victorian was crowned in 1837.

Also known as Bengal or tiger stripes, these fabrics were used for clothing as well as interiors.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I recently printed a 'Floral Bouquet with Scrollwork' Chintz Center Panel in the authentic size....a 30" square. I was using a quilt belonging to Lorie Stubbs of Colorado. On that quilt....the seamstress cut the 4 corners from the original panel and appliqued them further out. The finished center panel was a generous 30" square.

The color corrections on this particular panel were challenging....but we finally got it right. The printing is clear and crisp and the colors match the antique quilt. As we progressed with the each step we would print a strike off. I did this as two 20" squares across the width of the fabric. This was less costly then doing a 30" square strike off.

I sent Lorie the first perfect 30" square and as a bonus....I also sent her the last 20" square strike off. She loved them both. She and I talked about the possibility that these Center Panels could have been offered in different sizes, 1820-1840. So I am now offering this elegant Scrollwork Floral Bouquet in an additional size....a 20" square.

For my French speaking/reading friends....please see the current issue ( # 109) of Les Nouvelles, Patchwork et Creation Textile, page 20....Les tissus de reproduction. Merci to Christiane Billard.