March 13, 2013

January 16, 2009 Feedsack Friday – Colorways

Filed under: ◦Antique quilts,◦Fabrics,◦Feedsack Friday — sharon @ 12:59 pm

As with many fabrics, both vintage and new, feedsacks were often made in several different color combinations in the same pattern. Last week we posted three different colorways of the collectible Gone With the Wind feedsack. This week we’ll show a several patterns in a number of variations – an of course there could be more variations of a pattern than we’ve ever had or seen. Here’s one pattern in five variations:
yellow feedsackpink feedsackblue feedsack
red feedsackgreen feedsack

There are no simple rules of creating separate colorways; often just the background changes, sometimes other elements. While the first three of these change only the background color, the background of the fourth one necessitated another color change as well.
apples on blue feedsackapples on  yellow feedsack
apples on green feedsackblue apples feedsack

As much as possible, we always try to feature different colorways of the same pattern all on the same page of our website.
Although many feedsack patterns were printed in a variety of colorways, manufacturers today who are duplicating feedsack patterns are adding new colorways to those that existed on the feedsacks themselves. Shown below are six different color combinations from original feedsacks.
plaid feedsackplaid feedsackplaid feedsack
plaid feedsackplaid feedsackplaid feedsack

A few years ago we sold some samples to Baum Textiles for their Wyndham Fabrics Feedsack II line. Two of their variations on this pattern are similar to our first one, but both slightly different.
plaid feedsackplaid feedsack

This pattern was also reproduced by Baum, also in colorways we hadn’t seen before. The originals:
red thistle feedsackyellow thistle feedsackpink thistle feedsack

And while Baum’s designers omitted the yellow variant, they added a lavender and a blue:
lavender thistle feedsackblue thistle feedsack

For those who are trying to identify and catalog different feedsack pattern, the colorway can sometimes be problematic. While it’s easy to see the differences in the feedsacks above, sometimes the differences are more subtle, and if you don’t have the two sacks together you might assume they were the same. For instance the left and right ones of these three:
deco feedsackdeco feedsackdeco feedsack

But it’s just these factors that make feedsacks so much fun to collect and use. Of course, any fabricaholic knows that already, and there are few quilters out there who haven’t felt the need to acquire at least two or three colorways of a favorite pattern.

1 Comment »

  1. 1.The fist 2 prints speak to me. Well they all do but those are my favorites. I’m a sucker for feedsacks! Nice post Bill.

    Comment by nanette — January 18, 2009 @ 7:48 pm

    2.I love the feedsack fabrics. I don’t have much, but I sure treasure the vintage sacks and fabrics. Thanks for posting these for us to enjoy..

    Comment by CC — January 22, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

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