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:
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.
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.
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.
This pattern was also reproduced by Baum, also in colorways we hadn’t seen before. The originals:
And while Baum’s designers omitted the yellow variant, they added a lavender and a blue:
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:
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.