Book Month: Amy Barickman’s Sew-It Book and Fabric

Prepare yourself for tiny button people!

Amy Barickman is the genius behind the vintage-flavored Indygo Junction, The Vintage Workshop, a great source of vintage images and clip-art for creative projects, and vintage-inspired fabric designs. Her latest fabric line, for Red Rooster Fabrics, is based on her 2008 reprint of the 1929 classic Sew-It Book.

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Tiny button people!

Amy spoke with us recently about the release of the Sew-It Book fabric and what she’s got in store next.

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Panel print from the Sew-It Book collection.

Hi, Amy! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell us a little about the Sew-It Book?

I have been collecting vintage sewing books for years based on finding ideas for Indygo Junction and imagery for The Vintage Workshop. When I bought this book, I knew it was special and I immediately entertained reprinting the book and had thoughts of a fabric line. I researched to make sure it was no longer under copyright and it was in the public domain. I loved the graphics and the projects were practical and relevant for modern day.

Can you tell me a little bit about designing these fabrics? Was it difficult to adapt a book to a line of fabric?

In designing, we use the books as inspiration, scan and do rough sketches, then Red Rooster designers paint or digitally create the repeats. We give input on styling and colorways as well. If you love this line, you will want to check out The Vintage Workshop’s line of digital sewing ephemera images. We also have imagery from the Mary Frances Sewing Book.

Neat! What else do you have coming up?

I am working on a new book that will release this spring called Vintage Notions: Modern Inspiration for the Creative Woman. The book is based on a Women’s Institute from the ’20s and ’30s that taught sewing, millinery and cooking through correspondence. The title shares the joys of sewing and domestic arts with essays, patterns, and projects and is organized by the months of the year. The book is hardback and over 200 pages embellished with vintage fabrics and embroideries from my archives to coordinate with graphics from the Institute’s original newsletters and instructional materials. I am looking forward to traveling around the country this year to quilting and sewing expos lecturing on the book and the history of the institute and its founder, Mary Brooks Picken.

Sounds fascinating, Amy! Thanks for sharing!

The Sew-It Book has been out for a while, and now the Sew-It Book fabric is available in stores as well.+ Be sure to keep your eye out for patterns:

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Blocks by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios

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Quilt design from the Red Rooster web site

Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios has been working on one, and above you can see+ a+ quilt pattern you can download from Red Rooster.

2 Comments

  1. Becky says:

    Another book that has been on my wishlist for a while! Can’t wait to see the new one. I have one Mary Brooks Picken book reprint and am on the prowl for more!

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Cheryl Pinkman says:

    What is the name of the Mary Brooks Picken reprinted book you already have? I’m sure Amy would love to see it too. I work for Amy as her assistant and the new book is so wonderful. I can’t wait to see the finished product myself.