Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Future

From my new line with Andover Fabrics....Dargate Treasury

This is the red version of the idea print! Two very different complex stripes with 4 full repeats across the goods and plenty of room to cut between the two patterns. In my head I am already designing festive table runners and quilts using this print. Hopefully I will have sample yardage by late winter. The fabrics ship in May 2015.

The example above is a strike off. It always startles me when I receive strikes how the pattern...done on a flatten screen for the strike offs....will match up when made into a rotary. In my mind..I expect it to be just straight across...but that is not the case. Rather the match irregular. You can see white patches on the lower corner of this is where the scalloped curve of the 3 leaf clover will be next to the white flower cluster.
Happy all my readers. Think Dargate Treasury in Red for next year's Christmas fabric!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Greige Goods

Today's greige goods used in the quilting cotton marketplace are generally '60 square'. This means in a square inch...there are 60 horizontal threads and 60 vertical threads. A 200 count cotton sheet has 200 threads per square inch.

Before the First Industrial Revolution began in Great Britain, most of the ground cloth for printing (of goods for export to the colonies) was from India. In the mid 18th century, the Lancashire region was sending additional bolts of greige goods to London for printing each week. Even then English merchants trying to fill orders for their North American customers still complained of a shortage of printed goods.

My c. 1830 Dargate Book samples are printed on an assortment of ground cloths. Some are very tightly woven...others like the sample below are almost a sheer....with a stripe produced with a slightly different size of thread in the warp...and even an occasional pink dyed  threads for the weft.

I did reproduce this in a previous Dargate collection. The basic ground cloth was printed to look like the textured plaid of the document piece.