Sunday, February 5, 2012

Prussian Blues

one of the inorganic or mineral colorants....Prussian blue is a vibrant blue with a slight undertone of green. Alsatian printer Jean-Michel Haussmann developed methods of fixing Prussian blue accents to cotton cloth late in the 18th century. Early in the 1800s a new printing technique produced rich colors with mineral dyes. 
Prussian blue was especially popular in European and American textiles during the 1830s and seen in quilts through the 1860s. The designs vary from geometrics and ombres to florals.
Examples are from my Delaines sample book.


  1. Those are wonderful. I love Prussian blue fabrics and buy every one I find. Do you plan to reproduce these?

  2. Hello Margo, I love reading your info filled posts. I learn something new each time I come here. I have a question for you, but I do not have a blog. I will leave my email if you get a chance to read this. My question is: I have been collecting quite a few blocks and scraps from the 1880's to the beginning of the 1900's from ebay and antique malls. After reading your info, I have found that many fabrics that were made back then continued to be printed up to and after the new century. Most of my pieces are standard prints & indigos. Should a person keep a swatch book on these fabrics, or are they pretty well documented for the future??? Thanks, Judy

  3. Prussian blues are wonderful prints! I did a line called Delaines from my book. Alas, my current printer, Newcastle Fabrics, has another designer working on a P Blue line.

    RE: turn of the 20th century samples. I do think there is good documentation of these prints...but a well preserved sample book is always a good source for designs. Margo