- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing; illustrated edition edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571202552
- ISBN-13: 978-1571202550
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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America's Printed Fabrics 1770-1890: 8 Reproduction Quilt Projects: Historic Notes and Photographs; Dating Your Quilts illustrated edition Edition
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This book is probably a better choice than her classic "Clues in the Calico" (and it's updated some of the information too) for the individual just starting to learn about textile history because it is less dense in terms of text and details, but it is by no means shallow for those entrenched in textile history.
Throughout the book, there are what I call, Barbara's signature vignettes. These are those wonderful still life pictures of colorful combinations of antique fabrics, daguerreotypes, ephemera, sewing tools, bonnets and clothing and everyday household décor found in 19th century homes. In fact, she has included many photographs depicting dresses and textiles. Brief personal quotes from old diaries, letters, and other historical writings are scattered throughout the book, as are reproduction quilts made by outside contributors to the book. I really appreciate her putting dates, specific when possible, a narrow range when not, with the photos, quotes, quilts and fabrics.
i'm a quilter who likes to create quilts with a flair from yesterday. this book not only helps me to be closed in my interpretation of that time, it does guide me through the decision which colors have been more used than others. the contents/pictures are very clear and the instructions to recreate some of the quilts are outstanding. i would give this book 6 stars!
In addition, when there was a page of historic fabrics, the caption might say they dated "from 1840s to 1890s." A lot changed in those years. Couldn't the swatches have individual labels? On one page, the date range ran all the way up to the 1940s!
If you love old quilts, you'll like this book. But if you want historical depth, you won't find it here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the book. I'm a historical reenactor and it helps with choosing correct fabrics.Published 9 months ago by Geri Royer
The Book is an excellent book. Rated only four stars because it took forever to come once I ordered it.Published 11 months ago by quiltsiquilt
When your budget doesn't allow for that expensive tome Clues in the Calico, this is the next best thing.Published 15 months ago by Deborah Van Dusen
Nice large size pictures of both antique and reproduction fabrics. Interesting history of the industry.Published 19 months ago by nancy hanks
The fabric examples are clear, colors are documented as used by time period. There are even quilt designs based on period quilts. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Lauren