Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fashion fabric of the CW Era

In 1852 Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria, purchased the Balmoral estate and original castle. The Royal family visited frequently and embraced the local Scottish style......Tartans. Plaids of all scales quickly became a fashion statement on both sides of the Atlantic. 


Document color...printed plaid from A Soldier's Quilt

The plaids could be printed or yarn dyed. The scale varied from the above which would have been the height of Parisian fashion...gold stripe to gold stripe is 1 3/4 "....to something as small as an apron check that was more affordable. This document coloration is gold adjacent to dull lavender with a soft gray green.  See below....for the other 2 colorations in the Washington Street Studio line...A Soldier's Quilt.

Madder Style




Greeny blue with gold




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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Soldier's Quilt



This Double Violet fabric design is the header for Cottonopia and from an 1863-68 sample book of mine.
 




My newest line, A Soldier's Quilt, by Washington Street Studio was introduced at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, OR.  Delivery is scheduled for October, 2018.

This design above is my favorite in the book.  The double violet version is the document color....there are 2 others. 
This image is from 8" X 8" piece of artwork. The sprigs are approximately 1 1/4" square.

Two additional colorations....double pinks and a grayed green.





The pencil stripe background is 2 shades of taupe.




I will be posting a series of short essays about the lead up to The War, the creation of the Sanitary Commission and their call for quilts or comforts.  
 


I grew up in a state that was formed during the American Civil War—West Virginia. Non-slaveholding western Virginia opposed secession. In June of 1861, a delegation in Wheeling (my home town) organized a government with allegiance to the Union. West Virginia became a state in 1863. As children, we played ‘North and South’!

The differences between the two regions of the country were not only political but also social and economic. Townspeople and small farmers populated New England where the soil and the topography were not suitable for large-scale plantations. Northern waterpower was the fuel for the American Industrial Revolution. The wealth and political power of the North came from industry and commerce. The South, however, was an agrarian society based on ‘old money’ and dominated politically by the planter class. The price of cotton at mid century was high and the market in both New England and Europe was strong. Southern plantation owners wanted more and more land plus cheap labor to sustain this boom.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Foulards

A small to medium motif printed diagonally. This is an old weaving term that also applies to printed goods. Chintz had fallen out of favor by the 1840-50s. Red and Green applique quilts of that period feature a variety of foulards in strong reds and greens. The price of green dye had dropped and a wide variety of small neat intense green prints were available.

Foulards became increasingly popular as dressgoods during the 1860s.

This is an early ( Dargate Book c. 1830) trailing vine style background with a small/medium foulard print set on the diagonal.


My 1863-5 book....Dressgoods foulard style design. Printed stripe background with motifs set on the diagonal in a popular Civil War Era coloring....dull lavender.