. We are Mayflower Society and D. Some of the fabrics or fiber names you may come across in vintage clothing are trademarks and may be mentioned on the labels. Getting a Deeper Understanding The style of a quilt is the first thing I see when I view a quilt, whether online, in an antique shop or booth, on exhibit or in an auction. For example, Lancaster blue consists of a light-blue print over a dark-blue background. Other, lighter-weight polyester fabrics like Trevira replaced Crimplene for their ease of movement and ventilation. Patterns in Quilts Antique American quilts of the 17th century were often made by poor Colonists who couldn't afford to make detailed patchwork designs.
As printing technology became more sofisticated, designs become more complex — pictorial scenes, laurel wreaths and repeated patterns. We received Germanys' aniline dye formulas as part of their war tribute for W. Would appreciate having, as I am trying to date several family quilts. The scraps of silk dresses and mens wear recalled happier times of balls and parties. I have too found this, myself, now that I have more knowledge. Jankoski Says: I have an antique.
When planning your project don't forget to look for old buttons, rick-rack and other embellishments to finish the project with vintage style. In the early 1800's, it was made by overdoing yellow with blue. Vintage and Vogue is another company that specializes in high quality reproductions of vintage and antique fabrics. What you might have seen prior to 1800 were quilted petticoats, worn for warmth. Image click to enlarge Quantity Part No. Quilts were almost always made of wool, unless they were remade from bed curtains or quilted petticoats.
This period marks the first of reliably colorfast synthetic dyes, making the fabrics of this period easier to wash as they wouldn't have to be redyed. There is this notion that because times were hard that textiles suffered equally. While fabrics have been woven in various widths for centuries, the earliest machine printed calicos were all in the 23-25 inch range. Another fugitive color, purple, could be made with lichens and seashells. Singer's primary contribution to sewing machine history, however, was his marketing techniques.
Neisz Vintage Fabrics carries a wide assortment of fabric from all eras. The cloth tag tells the name and location of the quilter, as well as the date of completion. Quilt made by my mothers aunt early 1910 to 20. Many collectors think of themselves as caretakers of historical documents, made at the hands of the needlework sisterhood before them. These were quilts made of silk and satin and often carefully embellished with beads, embroidery, ribbons and hand painted blocks.
It was a popular antique quilt weave from 1880 to 1920. Often width, color, design, weave and appearance can be good indicators. Pre-1999, considering the British Colony of Hong Kong gained its independence before the dawn of the new millennium. For more information, visit Tell a friend about this site:. Widths, while iffy and weak signals, nevertheless can generate a time frame. If you've found or purchased a quilt, you may want to know when or where it was made. © 2006 - 2019 Kimberly Wulfert, PhD.
As they emphasize, they are only guides, often using dated quilts and other items whose vintage is known to gauge the earliest appearance of a particular fabric; often, however, the same patterns were produced over a long period of time. Backings were often of linen, which was considered a utility fabric. As always, there are some exceptions to this; when the block pattern name is also the name of the style. They also carry vintage linens, feed sacks, and other vintage items for the home. Cleaning a fragile or antique textile is expensive and difficult.
Turkey Red Turkey Red named for the country, not the poultry is a highly colorfast dye made from the roots of the madder plant, also known as rubia, and was used in quilt fabrics throughout the nineteenth century. Vintage Fabric Pages Feedsack Pages. Have you any ideas of what these widths might tell me? After coffee or combing your hair, wash your hands. There are also appraisals days held at many large quilt shows and at museums. If you know where I can call or write. Cotton sateen was used extensively in 19th-century scrap quilts, and it was also used to make vintage pastel-colored quilts from 1925 to 1950.
Greens were very popular in these decades, and Nile green often appears in quilts with other greens, such as mint, dark green and sage. One is A1100 — what does this mean — they appear hand stitched and are around 70 + years old Leave a Comment or Ask a Question If you want to identify an item, try posting it in. No candy, gum, or lozenges should be chewed while working. The chasuble was probably deliberately made in patchwork so that if a priest were challenged, it could pass as a bedcover. It must be remembered that fabrics, especially those used for patchwork and applique, often started their lives as other things dresses or curtains before becoming scraps and then part of a quilt, so they may be much older then quilt itself. Maker's Information The underside of the chair often offers the best clues as to its general age. Sometimes you would find quilts made of plain blocks such as a simple Ohio star or nine patch alternating with a plain block.
The first shot is of the pleated and lined cotton drapery panels. Chairs have been through numerous style changes over the years, decades and even centuries. Its properties include high tensile strength, high resistance to stretching, both wet and dry, and good resistance to degradation by chemical bleaches and to abrasion. You probably will not want to use an expensive antique piece to cover the couch in the den, however. Antique or fragile textiles will not react the way modern textiles will: the fiber processing, dyestuffs, and finishing are different; the physical and chemical properties of the fibers have been altered by time and by various agents.