Posts tagged ‘19th century’

An Amazing Fabric Diary

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London A British reverend’s daughter named Barbara Johnson (1738-1825) kept a meticulous diary throughout most of her life (from age 8 to well into her 80s) of the fabrics she used and details of the garments she made with them. What an amazing personal and historical document. Doesn’t it inspire [...]

Presidents on Fabric

Happy Presidents Day, Americans! I hope you have the day off! This print is part of The Presidents Collection c. 1830-1910 by Nancy Gere for Windham. The collection has an interesting provenance. As the Windham site explains: History shows us that quilts were made from some of the most unusual fabrics, and this collection comes [...]

The Dargate Book

Since we’re on the topic of antique swatchbooks, here’s another one: Reproduction Fabrics owner Margo Krager has one she calls the Dargate book: In 1997, we acquired a truly amazing, early nineteenth Century fabric sample book. It contains 167 pages and approximately 2140 vintage fabric samples, which are glued onto hand made rag paper with [...]

Antique Swatchbook Online

The Powerhouse Museum of Sydney, Australia, has a virtual swatchbook on their website. The patterns, from 1849, 1893-4, and 1923, are in the public domain in Australia. You can download high resolution versions of your favorite swatches. Here are some examples. via Retro Age Vintage Fabrics Related posts: Silk Series: A Vintage Silk Manual Online [...]