Sunday, March 25, 2012

Margo's Shirtings

Shirtings are simple, small scale designs on an off white or colored ground. They were a staple of 19th century dry goods merchants. Dots, circles, isolated floral motifs and stripes were economical to print and popular for both clothing and quilts. These are some of my favorites from a past century. Perfect for today's merchants. This is my newest line by Newcastle Fabrics.

These are the document colors.
There will be 2 other colorations of each pattern appropriate for the 19th, blue, violet,red and brown.
Ron and I enjoyed Spring Break in the San Diego area. Little Italy for lunch!, the aircraft carrier Midway, a quilt exhibit in Oceanside (Signs and Symbols:African American Quilts), the beaches and flowers in the desert, Anza-Borrego.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring Break

lambI have been teaching Apparel and Textiles here at Montana State University for the first time this winter. We have made it through the cellulosic fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie, jute, hemp) and have moved onto the protein ones....wool, silk.

solar panelA friend has a wool mill 13 miles north of town. So on the last class day before Spring Break we did a field trip. We toured the mill...washing the fleece, the new Picker, the carding machine, the spinning of the roving and natural dyeing of the yarns. The view here is east the Bridger Mountains. I see these same mountains from the cutting table at my store in Bozeman.

Yarns from 13 Mile Lamb and Wool Company.


We also got to see some 1 hour old twin lambs....the very first step in the process of fiber to fabric!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Garibaldi Prints

American print mills produced a wide assortment of black on red ground prints from 1875 until 1925. These are often referred to as 'Garibaldi Prints'.

During the 1860s a charismatic general named Giuseppe Garibaldi helped unite Italy. He and his followers wore distinctive red shirts. This military wear inspired a women's fashion of short red wool shirts or jackets with black embroidery or braid as well as the black on red printed cottons. Both the stylish jackets and the prints were known as Garibaldi.