Friday, March 30, 2012

Patchwork

I am not sure when my love of patchwork started..before or after I was at the sewing age of seven...I do know that I loved Holly Hobbie but not until I was a bit older...

Holly Hobby info link
I found the idea of taking scraps of well loved fabrics and re piecing them back together was creative and fun.. also making patchwork skirts from jeans...and then embroidering them as much as possible!
Patchwork dates back 100's of years...
The early settlers to America were poor and could not replace essential possessions. Everything was repaired again and again and this was certainly true of the family quilts, which were patched up with scraps of fabric from old clothing. After many repairs, the quilt top began to resemble a patchwork design more than solid fabric. Much older pieces outside the US have been discovered one of them being a quilted funeral tent canopy was found in the tomb of Queen Esi-mem-kev of Egypt, who lived about 980 BC!
During the Victorian period, women found themselves with time and money..and crazy patchwork was all the rage- to the point of being frenetic!

 In the 60's and 70's was when the art of crafts had another re-birth and patchwork was again popular spreading into fun and functional items...

and here we are again today with the resurgence of the patchwork...

I would love to share with you some images of then and now!

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eviegreenpixie link

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squint limited-uk link

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stella mcartney ad

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welbeck tiles-uk

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also check out coach bags
I love the way patchwork has evolved into a playful and whimsical art!

can't stand it and want more??
check out my pinterest patchwork board

Happy Patching!
hope this covers it...

Special Note: Next week April 6th 2012

announcement of the give-away- stay tuned...

2 comments:

  1. All through my life I slept warm & snug under a patchwork quilt. My Grandma & Great Grandma made sure we were always warm even when we lived in Los Angeles. For my high school graduation, both of them made a quilt for me because I was going to school up North (100 miles) & need to be have even more warmth. They took fabric from all my Grandparent's suits, added Winter dress fabric from my Great Grandma & made a quilt for me. And to top it off, the lining is tiger stripes flannel. I still have it along with my first baby quilt. I treasure both of them

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