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Like, antimony or chrome orange, chrome greens and yellows were popular in the period from about to and were produced, often in the home, from highly toxic chemical dye powders. Chrome yellows are brighter than butterscotch, another popular yellow from the same period. Claret was a popular color in cotton fabrics from about toand was often paired with white in prints. Both of these hues have warmer undertone than bubblegum pink, which emerged as a quilt fabric, often as a solid rather than a print, in the twentieth century.
At the height of their popularity in the mid-nineteenth century, double pinks were often paired with madder or chocolate browns in quilts. Indigo dye has a long history in the United States, and was used in quiltmaking from the eighteenth century onward. In the period beforeindigo blue dye was very dark, often appearing black or violet, especially in digital images. Wool and flax were often dyed with this early indigo blue and used as a solid in wholecloth quilts and calamanco.
Throughout much of the rest of the nineteenth century indigo blue was often seen as the background in prints, sometimes with the overlaying print in chrome yellow or orange.
Indigo continued to be common in cotton fabrics through the Edwardian period. Today, indigo blue dyes very similar to those made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are still common in African quiltmaking and are sometimes used in contemporary American art quilts. They were popular in quiltmaking in the same period as the double pinks, roughly to Madder dyes come from the roots of the madder plant, also known as rubia, and along with walnut shells, clay, and certain woods, were used to dye quilt fabrics brown from the eighteenth century onward.
Madder browns often appeared in prints with browns of various hues. Madder red, also known as cinnamon red, was a bright red dye made from the roots of the madder, or rubia, plant, and was especially popular in the late nineteenth century. It is differentiated from another red dye made from madder, Turkey red, because of its dyeing process.
Water was used to make madder red dye, while oil was used to make Turkey red. With the encouragement of friends, Eileen began producing her own line of patterns under the business name of Peonies Needlework Crafts. Read more.
The Elusive Obsoletes - The Dating Game Continues In the British world of antiques, a divy is a diviner, one who can tell it's the genuine article upon sight. Perhaps you've experienced a shiver down your spine when you find a vintage fabric; you just know it's old and the real thing at first glance. A Word About Dating Antique Fabrics. Sometimes we can find a vintage fabric in an old mail-order catalog - having a few of those from each decade provides another great source of reference. Other clues available to us include the width between selvedges, color and style, and the feel or "hand" of a fabric. Dec 16, Tuesday's Tips & Tricks: Fabric Widths As you probably know, fabric is purchased by the yard. Whenever you buy a yard of fabric, someone measures out 36 of material. But what you may not realize is that some bolts of fabric are different widths.
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Verified Purchase. This book is like a dictionary of the decades of fabric used in quilting. I had several quilts that I knew were before the feed sack era, and I was able to look up similar fabrics and date them. The book not only shows you samples of fabric pages and pages but also gives you a wealth of information on the history and process of why certain colors were used, and from what country they were imported from.
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Learning about where some of the fabrics were originally produced is a story in itself, and the author does a great job pulling it all together. If you are trying to date your vintage quilt, and find out about it's history The vintage quilts were hardly ever dated, so this is a wonderful referance book that you can carry around. It is interesting to follow the history of the colors of the textiles what was available at the time the quilt was madethe patterns, and the women who made the quilts.
One person found this helpful. This book has spiral binding so it lays flat, which is something that I like. When I research fabrics online I am never sure if the colors are correct. While this book is aimed at quilters, it is a valuable addition to my historical costuming library.
It's small enough that I can easily take it with me to the store. I've owned this book for two years and I find myself referring to it whenever I want to create a specific time period quilt. My appliqued lady looked almost magical because her dress was of a cotton popular during this time.
The book is broken into sections that reflect historical changes in textiles in the United States. Pre, Color plate swatches are arranged by color and color examples are given of fabrics in faded colors as well. This is a boon to history buffs in documenting quilts with faded fabrics. I love redwork and have found the red examples in both the and the section to be helpful in selecting period appropriate reds.
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The and the 's swatches have helped me identify fabrics to use for Civil War reenactment. Truly a great resource for anyone interested in reproducing or identifying historical quilts. This book identifies the era that a fabric was made in.
Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide offers this opportunity by organizing hundreds of fabric swatches by period. For each period, Eileen Trestain gives us fascinating information about how textiles were made, dyes were used and prints created in the making of fabrics during that time period/5(89). Fabric width, measured selvedge to selvedge, can give a general idea as to age of the material. Looms were originally people powered and for comfort the average loom was approximately the length of one arm (about 24?to 28?), this allowed the weaver to throw the shuttle back and forth with very little movement of their body. Welcome to the Quilt Index Wiki page on fabric dating references. If you have information about books on dating fabrics, or general information on dating fabric materials, patterns and prints, or colors and dyes, please consider adding your information to the Wiki. To contribute to this resource, please create an account on this Wiki.
It is written by Barbara Brackman, one of the most famous quilt historians. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the history of quilts. I have known about this book since it first came out in It is a valuable resource for any historical dressmaker or costumer.
It has many photos of swatches of original cotton fabrics that are organized by color schemes as well as years. I have borrowed this book on occasion and finally decided to add it to my resource library.
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