Sunday, 26 June 2011

Vintage fabric novice

I discovered the pure joy of vintage fabrics rather late in life. Well hopefully not that late just the about to turn 40 stage when a radical career move was already on the cards. Consequently I do not have any formal education in textiles or textile design. I am in awe of those who have. Through pure love and determination I'm getting to know more about vintage barkcloths - how to recognise the era's, the key designers, where it was manufactured. As for other vintage fabrics I am clueless. Seriously.
Take the four pannels above. They are four different colourways of the same very loose open weave fabric which almost feels like its embroidery. I've been using small pieces of them for the vintage fabric and lace lampshades for a long time now but these are my very last remnants.

I haven't a clue where to start looking for replacements. I think they are from the 1930s but I can't be sure. What would you even call this type of fabric?
Any textile gurus out there that can help?


  1. Really hard to see the type of fabric from a photo but it does look like a 1930's fabric judging from the style and colours.

    I have a pile of barkcloth bits to send you :-)

  2. sorry i can't help-but they look the shade :)



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