Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage Fabric Yardage

Did I ever tell you I was a fabric junkie?  About 15 years ago, when I was studying Interior Design at LSU, part of the curriculum required us to take one class in the Home Economics building; a Textile History and Use class.  Most of the design students expressed how "beneath" them this was to be associated with "home makers" (and it was promptly removed from the program the very next year).  But I found it valuable; learning how fabric is made, the difference between man-made and natural, and most importantly how to clean anything.  I aced it!  I even regretted a bit not changing majors and becoming a textile designer (I had already gone from Art History to Veterinary Science  to Interior Design in my first semester so I decided I better finish what I started!)

That class did stick with me and for many years I've collected fabric.  Now that I've gathered quite a collection of vintage textiles, I'm de-stashing what I haven't used in the last few years (hoping they go to good hands that won't procrastinate like me!).  I am listing a couple new each day on Etsy; most are dead-stock yardage I cut and then a few remnants, as well.  All good stuff though, like barkcloth, dimity, eyelet and more.  Browse my collection and keep it in mind when you need that really unique fabric from long ago!

--Lisa LeBlanc

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