It’s time for part two of our Flashback Friday series with Barbara Brackman! Today, she’s discussing shirting prints and showing you some fabrics that we have in stock that were inspired by shirting!
Shirting Prints for Contrast
Shirting is an old name for a print design featuring small, simple figures on a light background color. Figures are set far apart to let lots of background show through so they read almost as a white or ivory. Several designers offer classic shirtings—- the perfect neutral to capture a period look: 1870-1920.
|Antique log cabin block with shirtings as the neutral contrasting with darker prints. About 1880.|
|Woman wearing a shirtwaist dress, about 1900. Fashion demanded shirtings|
for everybody so there were plenty of scraps for quilts.
|Betsy’s Basket Poppy Star Chains|
|Kindred Spirit II Cream Dancing Boxes|
|Butter Churn Basics Cream Petal Stitch|
|Cream Bushel Swirl|
|Bramblewood Sable on Parchment Briars|
|Freedom Bound Navy on Cream Wisps|
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Beckwith by Kathy Hall for Andover:
Paisleys & Madder OrangeNo Civil War era repro quilt is co mplete without a few paisleys. Add to your must-have stash with Kathy Hall’s new Beckwith, offering prints echoing the 19th-century craze.
Fashionable woman dating back to around 1850.
That stylized botanical form we might call a paisley shape is borrowed from India’s imagery. The technical name: Boteh from the Hindi word for flower. Paisley refers to an industrial town in Scotland where factory-woven copies of paisley shawls created an affordable fashion fad.
Antique quilt block with a paisley-style print in madder-dyed
shades of orange, red, and dark brown. Circa year 1870.
Inexpensive cotton prints brought a bit of eastern design to western bedding. During the 1860s and ’70s, paisleys in madder-style colors (warm, reddish-browns) were particularly fashionable for ladies’ robes and quilts for the up-to-date boudoir.
The Beckwith collection includes several prints to add that authentic, cinnamon orange that was found in old, natural dyes, to your vintage-inspired project!
What do you think of the paisley and madder orange vintage trend? Do you have a pattern in mind that you’d love to plug these fabrics into?