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Dating Fabrics A Color Guide 2 1950-2000 Spiral-bound – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 208 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574328832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574328837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...here are many keys to fabric origins, discussions of quilting and clothing trends, actual size prints to aid in accurate identification, grouped by date, color and style, and much more. Blending a history with photos which are easily compared to fabrics through lay-flat spiral binding and a hard-cover edge for easy filing, Dating Fabrics 2 is the fabric collector s essential reference. -Library Bookwatch, October 2005, Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Eileen Jahnke Trestain was raised in a small town outside Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has always spent much of her time in art and craft pursuits. At the age of 10, her grandmother introduced her to quilting, which began a lifelong interest. She continued her interest in quilting and began to collect and study quilting patterns. With the encouragement of friends, Eileen began producing her own line of patterns under the business name of Peonies Needlework Crafts.

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Gives good guidelines for dating fabrics.
Barbara Yinger
This book is a must have for those who collect quilts or for the quilt historian.
J. Diwell
The fabrics shown are in full color and full sized to the original fabric.
M. Swearingen

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. Swearingen on November 4, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
Eileen Jahnke Trestain has done it again--this book is the followup to her 1800-1960 book and together they are the definitive guidebooks on dating fabrics from the last 200 years. This book picks up where the first one left off, bringing us from 1950 to the present with an equally well researched information in an easy to use book.

Her explanations are sufficiently detailed and useful. However, what makes Trestain's books the most valuable references I have are the PICTURES. The fabrics shown are in full color and full sized to the original fabric. She chooses popular prints which are very representative of the time period they come from. I see very few fabrics which seem out of place or miscatagorized. This book also includes global representative fabric swatches in the more modern fabrics. I found this very appropriate considering the world market is smaller than ever in history with the advent of the internet a huge variety of fabric from all over the world is now available at our fingertips.

Using both of her books in combination makes a quilt historian's determinations easier when trying to differentiate between fabrics in a mixed-era quilt that range from 30-40 years old to 70-80 years old. This book also helps identify the repro-reproductions from the original-repros--a difficult task depending on the clues available from other fabrics in the quilt.

In addition to the great pictures, this book is fabulous because it lays open flat so you don't have to juggle with it to keep your place in the book while examining and comparing with your actual quilt or fabric. It has a very good resource list with web site addresses including quilt societies, appraisers and museums, a full glossary of trade terms and a very comprehensive bibliography.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 7, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
Fabric collectors as well as practicing quilters will surely relish Dating Fabrics 2: A Color Guide 1950-2000: for here are many keys to fabric origins, discussions of quilting and clothing trends, actual size prints to aid in accurate identification, grouped by date, color and style, and much more. Blending a history with photos which are easily compared to fabrics through lay-flat spiral binding and a hardcover edge for easy filing, Dating Fabrics 2 is the fabric collector's essential reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol R. Wood on January 9, 2007
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These two books were purchased for donation to the local library in memory of deceased relatives of our local quilt guild. We were familiar with the books and felt the historical importance of the information would merit their addition to the library. They are spiral bound and beautifully illustrated. Persons trying to date and evaluate old quilts will find them very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By yarnbarn on October 23, 2011
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This book is a wonderful pictorial history of fabric. Lots of great information about fabrics of the period. Photos make the styles very clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kneelingone on February 9, 2009
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Lovely book filled with much information. Highly recommend this seller. Book packaged well and arrived quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madeline C., Ventline on June 9, 2008
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A very nice book for quilters or costume designers. Photos of the fabric were very clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan K. Salinger on February 24, 2008
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A very good book for what it is meant to be. The overall design is classy. Beautiful in many ways.
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By HZM on March 17, 2014
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There are basically only small swatches of fabrics (pictures) in the book. The history behind the fabrics is sparse (with little references as to where the author got the information) and the pictures of the swatches are so small, no color detection or match is possible. the swatches are not really big enough to discern what the fabric pattern looks like. I would not recommend this book.
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