Posts tagged ‘antique’

Fall Quilt Market 2012: Anna Griffin

This was my first time meeting the folks at Anna Griffin and their new division Blend firsthand, and I was not only impressed by their current and upcoming collections but also how they presented their brand as a whole. Everyone looked professional in sharp black dresses, their marketing materials are stunning, and I think there’s something to be [...]

Textile Stew: Cinco de Mayo Edition

Anna Maria Horner, together with Anchor and Westminster, has launched Anna Maria Needleworks, packages of pearl cotton and stranded embroidery floss that coordinate with her fabric collections. And if you’re going to Spring Market, or just live near SLC, join her at Piper’s Quilts & Comforts, 1944 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, on Friday, [...]


The New York Times recently profiled Antiktex, a document swatch house that provides antique and vintage fabric samples from the 17th century to the 1960s to today’s designers. The family run business buys up stock from dying textile mills worldwide. The VP of the company, Alexandre Heget, leaves us with an interesting point to ponder: [...]

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 [...]