Dating of fabric books
Are you a fabric collector, quilt collector, appraiser, or antiques collector who needs to know specifics about fabrics or quilts? It will help you identify, date, and recognize antique fabrics and their uses in quilts and clothing.Over 1,000 color fabric swatches are listed in this handy, easy-to-use reference guide.Often width, color, design, weave and appearance can be good indicators.Widths, while iffy and weak signals, nevertheless can generate a time frame.This can be a deterrent in pinpointing fine old lawn, particularly with retro designs now in vogue.Regardless, finding natural and early synthetic fabrics in 36″ to 39″ or narrower widths should trigger your inner alarm system into action.Generally, by the early 1930s narrow widths were replaced by 36″ to 39″ for most all American dressmaking cottons and by the early 60s the standard was 42″ to 44″ though some 36″ widths cottons lingered on for another decade.One notable holdout is Liberty of London lawn still being manufactured in 36″.
There are many books out with beautiful color prints of quilts from various eras but until now we couldn't examine an extensive collection of fabrics.
Rich chocolate brown (think the color of a milk chocolate bar, hence the alternate name ‘Hershey’ brown) was often paired with white in quilts.
In fact, that segment of the Victorian period is often referred to as “the brown years” because of the prominence of browns in paints and fabrics.
You'll be able to identify fabric dating from the pre-1830 era through the Second World War.
Match your antique fabric by selecting a suspected time period and comparing colors and prints.