A Stitch In Time

Deb and I pretty much live in a constant state of denial.  This week’s post represents another of our … ahem … problems.  Not that WE view it as a problem, but others might judge us harshly.  Fortunately, this is an addiction shared by many, so we are in good company.  What vice could this be?  Yes, it is fabric addiction.  We are both firm believers that the person with the most fabric wins, and we are running neck and neck.  Well, lucky for us (?), we found a quilters’ sale a couple of weeks ago, that had us in hog heaven.  The sale was fill a bag for $20.  At least that’s what the largest bag was going for, and you know we jumped on that.  To be virtuous we shared one bag, but you would be amazed at what we were able to jam in there.  We also took some fun pix to share with our readers, so if you are a fabric junkie, or just a small closet hoarder, sit back and enjoy.

Here is a kind of overview of the sorts of things we saw:

As you can see, there were all sorts of crazy things.  We loved the label on the mohair!  We were like kids in a candy store dashing from one pile to another.  People laugh at our enthusiasm for shopping on a regular basis, even though it makes our husbands frequently refuse to be seen with us.

We featured some Elvis fabric in a previous post, and what do you know, here are a couple more.  Who knew there was such a market for Elvis fabric?

I am sure there a several stitchers out there that “Love me Tender” some Elvis quilts.

We both just adore brocades.  I actually have no idea how anyone could resist them:
They are so rich and exotic looking.  That being said, we actually didn’t stuff any of this into our bag.  Too small a scrap for people clothes and too large a pattern for dolly stuff, but, oh, they were pretty.

Ticking is another addiction.  I am not sure why, but I just love these old-fashioned patterned tickings:

This is a particularly elegant one.  I love the tiny flowers in the stripes.  Not so sure about the gold in between, but probably doable for the right project, whatever that might be!

This sale not only had fabric, but what is sewing without trims, buttons and bows?  We bought at least five bags of buttons, and many of the cool cards we found were featured on our Facebook page in the last few weeks, so I won’t go over those again.  (If you haven’t followed us on Facebook, I guess you had better!)

Deb couldn’t resist these teeny tiny pom-poms:

I don’t think I have ever seem pom-pom trim that small!  If they had stocked other colors, we would have bought them all!

She also found these lovely scraps of lace:

The color is pretty accurate, so you can see why she grabbed them.  This was a very popular color in the 1930s/40s and they may be that vintage.  They would make a charming dolly dress.

We resisted this dresser scarf that was just “horsin’ around”:

I mean, what else can you embroider for your horse-mad granddaughter but this?  I don’t think that I have ever seen a horse embroidery transfer, unless it was a full-on cowboy, and even those are pretty rare.  Hope someone picked it up for a little girl who is dreaming of her first pony.

We also passed on the vintage wallpaper:

Not even sure how it got into the pile, but it was definitely vintage.  You would have a hard time using it for anything, as it was pretty brittle, or our dolls might have had some new walls for their houses.

I did find one really interesting item, this old sampler:

This was not a decorative sampler, but a real test to see how well you could actually sew.  The paper tag says that Ada Lee was at the Merrimac Street School.  I was not able to find any info on the school, but they must have insisted on some pretty fine work.  I wish I could sew that uniformly.  The small patches applied on the bottom were pretty amazing too. They are from a time when clothing was much more precious, and it was necessary to darn every hole to make it last.  She even carefully matched the stripes, on the bottommost piece.  I actually have several of these sampler-type pieces.  They just intrigue me.  Especially, as these days most people can’t even sew a straight seam on a machine.  Imagine when you had to sew every single seam by hand on one of those Victorian dresses that took yards of fabric!  No wonder you darned the holes!

Hope you found this interesting, even if you are not a hoarder, or a sewer.  We will return to our usual type post next week.


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