April 12, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Out of Balance

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:25 pm

Years ago when I taught fiction writing, I once had in my workshop a member of the famous tightrope-walking Wallenda family.  Now there was a family with natural balance.  Unlike the plaids we’re considering this week.  These are unbalanced or asymmetrical plaids, these set diagonally.
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We found one in five at least slightly different colorways, another in three along with numerous pairs.  As always, we can probably assume that since I only have about 5000 or so images among the 20,000 variations known to exist, there must be more variations of many of these patterns than what we show here.
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In addition to the 11 pair shown at left and above, there are, of course, a half-dozen or so singles among our collection of images. And since during our exhaustive search we found only three images of unbalanced plaids oriented squarely or with the grain of the cloth, we’ll include plaid feedsackplaid feedsackthose at the end of today’s group, since they probably aren’t justified in having their own week.

Of course that means we’ll have to come up with a new topic for next feedsack Friday, but that’s half the fun of it. No doubt there’s a source of springtime inspiration in there somewhere.
Remember, suggestions are always appreciated!
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April 5, 2013

Feedsack Friday – More Plaids

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 5:52 pm

This week we have the last of the balanced multicolor plaids, those oriented square with the grain of the cloth instead of diagonally.  There are four colorways in one pattern,  a number of pairs, and a few singles at the end:

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But we are by no means finished with the plaids,  just as among our friends, there are probably more unbalanced than balanced ones.
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So next week we’ll look at unbalanced plaids, those with different colors and widths of line in different parts of the squares of plaid.  Hope you enjoyed this week’s Feedsack Friday!

March 22, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Plaids

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 1:21 pm

Feedsack Friday is back again!

We’ve previously considered feedsacks with a checked pattern, the possible variations including color, scale, orientation. With plaids more variation is possible, especially the idea of the asymmetrical or unbalanced pattern.

To narrow the field a bit, we’ll begin our consideration of plaids today with single-color examples. Oddly, I found only one example of a balanced plaid with a straight or square orientation (in two different colors), but a great number with a diagonal orientation.
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We seem to have found a great number more single color plaids in red than in other shades. Quilters don’t seem to use plaids much, though they can be interesting for sashing and bordering.
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balanced red plaidbalanced blue plaidbalanced blue plaidThe single color plaids are certainly less common than the multi-colored ones; but of these, the balanced plaids shown above and at left seem to be much more common. We did, however, find a few unbalanced single color plaids, which are shown here.
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Next time, we’ll show lots more plaids in a wide variety of colors. We’ll probably do one week for the balanced patterns, another for the unbalanced. And in case there should be too many to consider at any one time, we may also have to divide them by other criteria.

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started our feedsack business, plaids were distinctly unpopular, which is reflected by the fact that we, at that time, combined two of them in the same picture, the same pattern in different colors. At least now we give each feedsack its own mug shot!

March 19, 2013

June 18, 2010 Feedsack Friday – Spin Cycle

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 7:38 pm

We’ve been so busy it’s making us dizzy! So it seemed like a good idea this week to show feedsacks whose patterns suggest a spinning or swirling motion. Among these, some of my favorites are the bold art deco patterns.
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But there are many other types, including florals, that incorporate swirls…
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And if I wasn’t dizzy enough when I started selecting these, I certainly will be before I finish – even the checks and stripes are moving as I look at them now….. So maybe I’ll have to quit after these few others, and try something different next week!
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May 21, 2010 Feedsack Friday – We’re Back!

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 7:34 pm

I know it’s been a while, but now that we’re settling into the spring and summer selling and gardening seasons, we’re busier than ever – so I thought it was a great time to get back to the blog, and get things updated. So here’s the latest installment of Feedsack Friday.

I don’t have a theme this week, so once again I’m just going to post some of our newest finds. I don’t know what we’ll ever do if we run out of new and interesting sacks, but we haven’t come close to the probable 20,000 or so possibilities. And in this lifetime, we probably won’t!

These are some of the sacks we found at our spring show:
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On other fronts, asparagus season is in full swing, and our white wild strawberries will be ripening over the next couple of weeks, just ahead of the red raspberries, which are plumping up nicely, if still green. We’re so glad to have fresh home grown produce again. More soon, now that we’re back….

March 12, 2010 Feedsack Friday – Daisy, Daisy

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 7:32 pm

While we’ve found that the rose is the flower most commonly found on feedsacks, the daisy isn’t far behind. Perhaps it’s the daisy’s simplicity that lends it to a wide variety of design, by itself and in combination with other flowers. The first design we present here is the one we’ve found in more color variations than any other single feedsack design – we have at least seven different examples in our photo archive:
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And there are many, many more in a vast variety of colors, although the flowers themselves are generally white, with a few exceptions….
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There are many that also include roses, and many that do not.
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February 27, 2010 A Little Explanation

I’m sorry we haven’t been keeping up with our Feedsack Friday posts (nor any others for that matter) lately, but besides the several snowstorms, the usual hassles of business, and other day-to-day happenings, we’ve added something else. For the next 5 weeks, Bill will be spending 2 hours a day in a hyperbaric chamber, plus 1 1/2 hours of driving time. This seriously eats into our available work time, and unfortunately, the blog will suffer.

While I’m here, though, I thought I’d post a couple of pictures of some of the great vintage tablecloths we’ve added to our stock lately. These are all from California Hand Prints, and are some of our favorites. Clicking on any image will take you to the page for the tablecloth, where you can see more, or even buy it!
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I think this pansy tablecloth is the best of all, but also like the gardenias below, and the primrose, too!
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While I’m thinking of it, I’ll also mention Sharon’s Facebook page, where we’ll occasionally post something new and different. Stop by and become a fan!

January 22, 2010 Feedsack Friday – Tropical Odyssey

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:43 pm

After posting last weeks array of feedsacks depicting pineapples, I couldn’t shake the relief I felt from the long winter nights and chilly days – so I decided to continue this week on a tropical theme to relieve the midwinter blahs. This week we have sacks featuring palm trees, island scenes and even dancers in grass skirts!
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The first and third sacks above are almost identical, just changing red and green in the background.
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Many of these other sacks have color variations as well, I’ve seen several different combinations on the first of the two below:
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We found other sacks featuring palms and some other tropical features this week, but instead of presenting them now, we decided to extend our feature next week with a visit south of the border, featuring those and other aspects of Mexican and southwestern themes.

Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Feedsack Friday!

January 15, 2010 Feedsack Friday – Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome…

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:41 pm

Welcome to another edition of feedsack Friday. Today, in order of counteract some of the chill that’s present in the northeast this time of year, we’ll feature something tropical, that venerable symbol of welcome: the pineapple. The pineapple is hardly a welcoming fruit in appearance, even forbidding with its spiky outer covering, but from the time of Columbus’ second voyage has become renowned as a special treat, and used as a symbol to welcome guests.

Feedsacks, as a part of everyday life, did not neglect representation of the pineapple, both realistically, and somewhat abstractly as we see in these examples.
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Well, ok, maybe more than a little abstract in the case of those last two, but I think you’ll have to agree that those are pineapple-inspired designs, however wild and garish. Wish I could get to Hawaii this week to compare with the ones there….

January 8, 2010 Feedsack Friday – Let it Snow!

Filed under: ◦Country Living,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 3:39 pm

We’re now well into winter, and much of the country is feeling the chill. This morning we had another dusting of snow here; things have been covered in white for the past week, and we’re not due for a thaw until next week. So it’s a perfect time to play in the snow.

Feedsack designs have celebrated snowy weather in a number of ways. This pup obviously enjoys his downhill slide, while the kids have fun sledding and building snowmen.
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A snowy winter landscape is perfect for skating and sleighrides.
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Finally, the snowflakes themselves can be considered as beautiful works of art.
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I’m sure we’ll see more snow this winter, but I’ll soon be ready for it to end.