thought it might be fun to share a few of the fabrics
currently in my "stash" and swatch collection.
At right are the earliest swatches I've got; they date to
1825-35 or thereabouts, and many are hand-printed with
take the time to
click on the photo to
enlarge it to actual size, so you can see the
beautiful workmanship in these rare old cotton prints!
Below and at right
are some typical fabrics from the first half of
the 19th century - mostly 1830-1845. Some
fabric was still printed by hand using woodblocks
or engraved plates, but machine-printing with
rollers was quickly making printed cottons
affordable to the average consumer. (The
multicolor-on-white chintz at lower right shows
how green was achieved: first the leaves were
printed in yellow, then printed again with
indigo. For more on "double
process" green, go here.
) Click on picture to see
fabrics actual size.
is a highly-glazed chintz.
achieve green, dyers overprinted yellow with
Prussian or indigo blue.
left is printed with quercitron (oak) dye; it and
toile to its right are highly glazed.
at left and center top row are woven;
and black check at top right is printed and highly
Here's a few prints from the decades surrounding the Civil War. Most are in the pink/brown shades so popular at the time, all produced with madder.
Compare these with the prints of the last quarter of the 20th century, and you'll note the scale of these designs is larger, and more colors appear in the same print than in future decades. I particularly like that little wooden cherry? Apple? print at upper
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