Somewhere among our hundreds of books there is a copy of one called The Devil’s Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric about the (mostly negative) implications of striped fabric and striped clothing. I must confess to not having read the book; perhaps the nest time I encounter it on our shelves I’ll take it down and give it a look.
The fact is, there’s plenty of striped fabric in the world in endless variety. So naturally, the same holds true for feedsacks. Some of the most popular are the simple monochromatic stripes of color on white (the red and white is popular with those who make rag dolls in the style of Raggedy Ann):
Even one color stripes on white vary in width and density. Add another color, and the possibilities are even more various. Following are a number of studies in patriotic red, white and blue.
And of course we can’t stop there. Every color of the rainbow is fair game, and every combination of colors. From simple combinations to fabrics that in themselves resemble rainbows, there have been striped feedsacks in more variety than I can count. The selections I’ve included here represent less than half of the one’s I’ve recorded; I’m sure there are easily as many that I haven’t seen.
Just a few striped feedsacks. And we’re not finished, but where to draw the stripe, er, line? Because the stripes are not isolated unto themselves but occur in combination with any number of other elements. There are stripes with dots, stripes with flowers and other decorations. And there are stripes with crossing stripes, but we’ll go into that when we talk about plaid patterns.
Finally, I’d be remiss if I didn’t show a couple of others, not stripes exactly, but close; and if I didn’t include them we’d hardly be worthy of our name Rickrack.com