Antique and vintage fabric runs the gamut from Middle Eastern silk to 1950s atomic prints to 1970s classics by (for example) Finland's Marimekko. Vintage fabric is popular among fashion and sewing enthusiasts, as there’s nothing quite like making a traditional-styled garment out of traditional fabric!
Vintage fabric can be used for multiple purposes, from crafts (such as fashion, home décor, and quilting) to education, teaching about the periods in which the material was made and used.
Some 19th century (and earlier) fabrics that are popular to collect and still available to find include calico, gingham, muslin, and linen, as well as home-spun materials. From the first half of the 20th century, collectors seek cotton, plisse, and cloques, among others. Metallic, novelty, floral, and themed prints are also popular, and during the mid-1900s, bark cloth and rayon blends were common.
Collecting vintage fabric can be a fun and affordable hobby, but beware: it can be dangerous when combined with vintage patterns!
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D. Wilson Art Pottery & DesignHartford Courant, October 24th
Wilson finds inspiration in fashion and vintage fabric — an etched bird references a Schumacher pattern — and also architecture. He's especially drawn to fables and fairy tales, from which he gleans quotations to decorate his work. "Art should have a...Read more
Richmond gift shop Lily and the Weasel packed with handcrafted goodsBrisbane Times, October 24th
Gift shops used to be one step up from souvenir kiosks - dusty places filled to the brim with items serving no real purpose, often unattractive or tasteless, and invariably unwelcome to the giftee. But a growing appreciation for good design and the...Read more
ReVision: Inspired Fabric Design Exhibit comes to Yadkin Cultural Arts CenterElkin Jonesville Tribune, October 23rd
As designers to the furniture and home interiors trades Valdese Weavers continually circles the globe visiting vintage fabric vendors. In search of current or timeless motifs that can be recreated and repurposed Valdese brings the fabrics, called...Read more
Penn X Roup Gallery more 'incubator space' than art galleryUniversity of Pittsburgh The Pitt News, October 20th
Daily Bread specializes in printed shirts and vintage fabric hats. The company's hats create a rainbow of textures and patterns along the gallery's walls — floral, camouflaged, paisley, striped and cartoon pipe-smokers. Each snapback or camper hat is...Read more
Find the complete product information from our November issue. (T) = Trade only.House Beautiful (blog), October 17th
Fretwork chair, vintage. Fabric on fretwork chair cushion, Jake Stripe in Mandarin—Perennials (T); perennialsfabrics.com. Console table, George II Claw-Foot Side Table—English Georgian America; englishgeorgianamerica.com. Mirror, White Pediment ...Read more
Vintage fabric fair goes down a treat for charityNew Zealand Herald, October 13th
Turning Point Trust's annual fundraising sale of retro and vintage fabric and clothing plus other assorted nostalgia drew a huge crowd, with shoppers snapping up loads of bargains. Established in 1996, Turning Point Charitable Trust, which operates...Read more
Chagrin Falls crafts author Jennifer Casa breathes life into old textiles in ...The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com, October 8th
At a recent workshop at a Chagrin Falls yarn store, she taught women how to cover button-sized discs of wood with vintage fabric to make buttons and jewelry, and all it took was dipping brushes into decoupage glue. "You still get a little bit of that...Read more
'American Horror Story: Freak Show' draws from history, scripts for costumesLSU The Reveille, October 6th
She said some actors will be wearing the same outfit for the entire six months of filming. So, when having to design for a character with needs, like extreme height, Eyrich had to make sure enough vintage fabric could be found. Eyrich said she keeps...Read more