June 7, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Summer Wear

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 7:22 pm

We haven’t had any feedsack dresses for a while, but we do still have one feedsack garment (other than aprons) on hand: this pair of vintage culottes!
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I can’t imagine wearing them in the garden, so we’re offering them on eBay. There’s certainly plenty of fabric there for anyone who wants to repurpose.

May 24, 2013

Feedsack Friday – New Arrivals

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦rickrack.com,◦Vintage — sharon @ 10:53 pm

Again, it’s the middle of our busy season, so I haven’t had much time to consider themes for this series, but there are a few feedsacks I’ve just gotten (most of which I hadn’t seen before), and so I thought I’d present a few here.

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Several of these are currently available in my eBay store, along with some others – auctions ending Tuesday, May 28.

May 10, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Marking Time

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦rickrack.com,◦Vintage — sharon @ 5:44 pm

As we’ve seen before, I never seem to have enough time to do everything to keep both this business and my home going, and of course, spring is the busiest season. So today I thought I’d show one of the feedsacks we bought at our spring show, this one is timely.
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A border print feedsack that gives you the choice of several times of day, from five of six to three o’clock… and the hands are very nearly the same size, so the readings may be somewhat ambiguous.  I can’t remember seeing another feedsack featuring clock faces, but I’m sure there must be some.  Anyone? 

This one would make really cute kitchen curtains, and along with the other nineteen we bought at the show, it’s mint, still in sack form.

May 3, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Tulip Time

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:30 pm

We had a late spring here in PA Dutch country. But for the last couple of weeks, the sun has been shining and things are warming up nicely, and the grass needs cutting, too. The tulips have already bloomed, but I thought we should show tulips on feedsacks this week.  I’m not absolutely sure that all the flowers we’ve selected are tulips, but many of them are, and the others at least are close. 
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As you can see, our selections have run the gamut of realistic and stylized tulips, multiple colorways, a border print sack, and still I’m sure that there are more we didn’t find on the first or second time through. That’s it for this week, see you next Feedsack Friday!tulip feedsackplaid feedsacktulip feedsack
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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 29, 2013

Feedsack Friday – Colorful Plaids

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:00 pm

This Friday we’re continuing our discussion of plaid feedsacks. This time they’re multicolored feedsacks in balanced or symmetrical plaids. We’ll begin with diagonally oriented plaids, the first a pattern we’ve shown earlier in our discussion of various colorways, as it appears in several different color combinations.
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We’ve found eight variations of this one, though there are probably more.

All the rest have fewer, but there are several with at least three colorways among our illustrations, many, many more in twos and singles.
 

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Here are three pair:
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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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June 4, 2010 Feedsack Friday Families

Filed under: ◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday,◦Vintage — sharon @ 7:36 pm

One of our favorite series of feedsack designs featured a Mama and 4 or 5 babies of various animals. These seem to be rather scarce now, whether because they were popular and were all used up, or unpopular and did not sell, I don’t know. What I do know is that we don’t see them very often at all, and I have a limited number of images from the series. Here are fish in two colors, and yellow ducks:
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I don’t know how many other kinds of animals were featured on these sacks, nor how many different colors were used, and as I said have seen relatively few examples. It strikes me as odd that I don’t remember ever seeing this pattern featuring hens and chicks! If you know of other examples, we’d love to hear about them. One other picture I did find in our archive was the one featuring pigs.

mom & kids sack I believe this one was available in several different colors as well, but have no other examples to show. Did they do horses, cows, or other farm animals? It only seems logical that they would, and we’d love to see pictures of any that you may have found in your travels.

Do you have favorites of the novelty designs? Or are florals your passion? The possibilities are seemingly limitless, and suggestions for future Feedsack Friday topics are always welcome!