Blog Tour/Giveaway: Hillary Lang & Wee Wonderfuls

Today we’re thrilled to feature Hillary Lang‘s new book, Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love as part of the blog tour organized by Hillary and her publisher STC Craft.

I don’t think you can find group of bigger vintage fabric freaks than Hillary, me, and Kim Steckler (who wrote the book review today). In 2005, Hillary and I found ourselves uploading vintage fabric swatches to Flickr at the same time, which led to us to forming the Vintage Fabric Flickr Pool. Five years later, it has 2,600+ members and nearly 13,000 fabric images. And today Kim S. is one of its most prolific contributors, with nearly 1,000 fabrics added (heh — she just surpassed it as I was writing this)! I don’t think there’s a more inspiring design resource anywhere else on the internet.

Hillary is not only gifted with a rich imagination full of delightful characters and creatures, but the ability to bring them to life with a great combination of textiles, in which vintage fabric plays a big part. So for her stop on the blog tour today, Hillary is giving away the fat quarter bundle of vintage fabrics from her stash (see above). To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling us why you love vintage fabric, and we’ll draw a winner next Friday, October 7, around noon Central U.S. time. Thanks so much, Hillary!

For a chance to win the STC Craft book of your choice, hop on over to the STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books blog and tell them about your favorite childhood doll.

Finally, if you’re just joining, the blog tour schedule:

September 27: Angry Chicken Interview
September 29: My Paper Crane Review/Image Gallery
October 1: You Are Here
October 4: Ohdeedoh Review/Q + A
October 6: Inchmark Vintage Toys
October 7: Softies Central Review
October 8: House on Hill Road A Wee Wonderfuls Project/Q + A
October 11: ReadyMade “Make Nice” blog
October 13: Cathy of California Drawing Inspiration from Vintage Crafts
October 14: Handmade News and The Happy Honeybee Blog Artisan Spotlight
October 15: SEWN Review/Q + A
October 19: Stitch Beautifully…Tread Lightly Review
October 20: Cute Everything Review
October 22: Sew, Mama, Sew! Giving Gifts the Wee Wonderfuls Way
October 25: The STC Craft blog Tour finale

175 Comments

  1. Christine says:

    It’s not just that vintage fabrics are so pretty – it’s the knowledge that someone bought the fabric, stashed it, perhaps used some of it, or at any rate found that even when she didn’t end up making the thing she wanted, she still held onto that fabric for so long, making plans for it, or just enjoying taking it out once in a while.

    I like things with history.

  2. Bec Clarke says:

    Oh I love the memories that vinatage fabric brings back.

  3. Jill B says:

    I love the history behind it and that you are bringing life back into something when you use it.

  4. kelly says:

    I have to agree with others that the history behind the fabric is a big part of its appeal for me. Seeing the colors and trends of yesteryear — it’s like looking through a showbox of old photos, where the light was pink or yellow. I love the sense of nostalgia and the idea of things that last. There’s also a strong memory element — many of my family members have been seamstresses in the past, and I love the idea of touching something that comes from when they sat and sewed.

    Sidenote: I love Hillary’s blog and her book is magic.

  5. Diana says:

    I love the paths a vintage fabric takes me down, wondering who collected it, what they planned to do with it, and what happened to that plan. It’s such a mystery.

  6. Sam says:

    Vintage fabric reminds me of my grandmother, who passed down her crafty gene to me!

  7. Chris says:

    I love vintage fabrics for their colors and patterns. I love the 30′s and 40′s mostly. And the 70′s. It tells so much history of fabric designs and trends.

    Love your site too — glad to hop here from Wee Wonderfuls and have bookmarked you to come back often!

  8. Nicole says:

    I agree with every about enjoying a connection to the past & marveling about the journey of this object. I love what popular color choices and patterns reveal about where society was at a particular time. Vintage fabric also adds a very one of a kind signature to my hand crafted items.

  9. Leila says:

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I can’t wait to click back over and read more about the book too. Thanks for everything! Vintage fabric is unique and unusual and saves resources (as with all vintage things) so what’s not to love??

  10. mei says:

    i love vintage fabric because it brings me back the time i didn’t live in….. and it is just very special

  11. Catherine says:

    I love it too, for the connection to another time and place, and for all the daydreaming it inspires about that time and place and its people. Can’t wait to get this book. Thanks!

  12. I love vintage fabric because it is perfect to make something unique with!

  13. Kim Steckler says:

    Well stated, Catherine — I agree! That mystique, that romance has for me fueled a lifelong obsession with vintage clothing, furniture, fabric :-) It’s a good thing that I’m not eligible, as I obviously don’t need any more! vintage fabric … but whomever does win this lovely bundle will sure be a lucky one!

  14. sy says:

    i love them because they’re pretty lol. i also like the mood they brings me, very calm.
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  15. I love vintage fabric because it reminds me of the best seamstress ever – my grandmother who passed away when I was only six.

  16. shanna boatler says:

    i love that you can create something new out of something old…and more than likely no one else will have the same fabric.

  17. craftytammie says:

    for me, it’s all about the story behind it. i was lucky enough to inherit my husband’s granny’s fabric stash when she passed. boy, she saved every scrap! i love how resourceful women were back then.

  18. heather w. says:

    I love the colors and patterns in vintage fabrics.

  19. Em says:

    Really, what’s not to like? Many vintage fabrics are one of a kind, and there’s something special about having a little piece of something that is only yours — of better yet: to share that little piece of something with someone else.

  20. Caroline says:

    I love the prints of vintage fabrics! They really show time frames and it’s a lot of fun to enjoy them!

  21. Mary says:

    I love to look at vintage fabric and see a bit of our past, a bit of history. I like to imagine what would have been sewn with each piece, the style of the clothing or the curtain or quilt. It also makes me think of my grandma, who sewed custom curtains for people- she’s the one who instilled in me a love for sewing!

  22. Wendy says:

    I love vintage fabrics because they are inspiring!

  23. KimO says:

    I love seeing unique patterns and colours!

  24. Tong says:

    I love vintage fabric because I love thinking about how it was used and loved before me, and of course, they are just so gorgeous!

  25. Skooks says:

    Every piece of fabric has a story to tell . . . vintage fabrics just have a longer one. I love to take something old and breathe new life into it . . . Hillary is one of my favorites too! :)

  26. YEMiliee says:

    Vintage fabrics are just uber pretty! The reason i like Vintage fabrics is probably because of the feeling of nostalgia it brings me, or that it reminds me of grandma fabric heaps :D

  27. jodi meenan says:

    Vintage fabrics are homey and wholesome and like comfort foods – they just make me feel good! And they’re recycled, and I’m the recycle police in my family!

  28. Johanna says:

    Vintage fabrics are so pretty and not just to me but also to my grandmother and my mother – so there is a big chance that even my kids will like them some day. And they are so much softer then modern fabrics; I don’t know if the quality is different or if it is just the fact that most of them have been washed a lot. And yes, the quality must be great considering that some of them are decades old and still look good :)
    And finally, the memories they bring back. Sleeping over at grandma’s house or making a picknick with all the cousins and at night running around with old sheets over the head pretending to be a gost :)

  29. Jacqui says:

    I love vintage fabrics for a couple of reasons. Firstly they’re just a little bit different than the new fabrics available, they have the ethos of a bye-gone era (even if it is just the 80s!). Even the retro-inspired fabrics around now aren’t quite like the originals. I also love that they’ve got a story, that someone bought it, perhaps with a project in mind but it didn’t happen. I love to think about where it came from, the person who cut it from the bolt, the original owner, how it ended up in the shop and so on. That history gives the fabric a little something extra.

  30. Katie B says:

    I’m hand-quilting a quilt top my great-great-grandmother made. I love the vibrant colors, and it’s so cool to think of what was going on at the time she was making it. It’s like the fabric holds a little bit of history.

  31. Liann says:

    Vintage fabric has more character than a lot of the modern day fabrics. They just have the most unique patterns and colors and it’s amazing how using these fabrics in projects can completely change the feel of the finished product.

  32. I think I like the textural aspect of the vintage fabrics I find. I also find myself thinking about the previous owner of the fabric, wondering what her plan was and why her plan got interrupted and her project never got finished. Of course, I probably know the answer…kids, home, work, life!

  33. Emily says:

    No matter what vintage fabric ALWAYS reminds me of my Nana who taught me how to sew when I was a little girl. I still have some of her vintage fabric (which was probably new to her!) stashed away and have been hoarding it….

  34. Jaime Laugelli says:

    I’m with many of your readers above…I love vintage fabrics for the stories that they carry with them, the connectedness that they have to our past, the memories that they hold of our own mothers and grandmothers sewing them.

  35. Mary Read says:

    My mother-in-law just purchased a stack of 20 already-assembled dresden plates from the 1940s for me. I can’t describe how they make me feel when I lay them all out on the floor. It’s just so interesting to me how they’re aesthetic evokes the time in which they were created. I love vintage, and I would definitely put this bundle to good use!

  36. Lauren says:

    Vintage fabrics remind me of summers spent at a cottage that my dad and his family built when he was 15. It became a dumping ground for everyone’s old furniture and linens and dishes, so everything was colored with the golds, greens and oranges of the ’70s. It just became part of the cottage charm.

  37. Robin D. says:

    i find vintage fabrics fascinating because so many current fabrics use them as direct sources of inspiration. what we think of as new and modern today may actually have been used as fabric designs many times over the past century. plus, vintage fabrics often have interesting textures and colors that cannot be found in newly manufactured fabrics. thanks for the great giveaway!

  38. Liz says:

    I love vintage fabrics because they bring some extra fabric magic to whatever I’m working on. My favorite quilt was made by my mom in college. It’s all from old clothes and things from my grandparents’ house. I keep clothing scraps for the same reason–I like knowing what my favorite stuff came from.

  39. Gina says:

    I love the patterns and color of vintage fabric. As others have also said, I am always intrigued by it, and wonder who had it before me and why they chose it. Was it out of necessity or did they just like it as much as me?

  40. Hannah says:

    Vintage fabric for children is just SO cool – and the 70s stuff brings back loads of memories.

  41. Donna~~ says:

    I like vintage fabrics both because they are pretty and because I feel a tie to another generation of women…someone else loved the fabric, purchased it and brought it home with dreams of her own…

  42. Becky says:

    I love to make up stories for the pieces I use…where they came from, who loved them before, where they’ve been, what they’ve seen etc.

  43. April says:

    I’m not really sure why I love vintage fabric. I think maybe because we get a little peek into the past? Plus, I love love love the uniqueness of it. Who doesn’t want to have something special that barely anyone else has??

  44. Heathir says:

    I love that there’s a history behind it, even if I don’t know that story.

  45. Texana says:

    Oooooooh! What a treasure! At my age, Vintage is my middle name. Thanks for a chance to win!

  46. Elizabeth says:

    I love vintage fabric because it has seen so much history. It makes me feel in tune with the past.

  47. Shelley P. says:

    I love vintage fabric! Every time I see it I’m reminded of something… bedsheets I had as a kid, a little dress my mom made me, my grandma’s basement (full of all things vintage!), wallpaper in my old homemade dollhouse. It’s fun to go back and remember all the vintage!

  48. Care says:

    I have always loved vintage fabrics… There is always some element of nostalgia when looking at vintage fabrics, or a vintage handmade item.

    I would love to win this fabulous fat quarter bundle!

  49. tia says:

    i love vintage fabric because i dislike contemporary design.

  50. Jenny says:

    i love the colors and small prints of vintage fabrics…and their history! love that they have been waiting years to be used!