Monday, May 17, 2010

{ Vintage Feedsacks } Putting a Modern Twist on a Vintage Design

A lot of modern designers are pulling inspiration from vintage designs that are free for the taking. I love the idea of putting a modern twist on a vintage design. I'm contstantly scouring the net for images of vintage feedsacks and often recognize certain prints because I have a modern version in my stash.

Here are several comparisons I can pull from my collection. Can you tell which print is the vintage feedsack and which print is the modern version?


ABOVE: A modern print by Denyse Schmidt from her County Fair Line on the left and a similar vintage feedsack on the right.


ABOVE: A modern print by Denyse Schmidt from her Flea Market Fancy line on the left and a similar vintage feedsack on the right.


ABOVE: A modern print by Jennifer Paganelli from her Bellbottom collection and a similar vintage feedsack on the right.


ABOVE: A modern print by Tanya Whelan from her Dolce collection and a similar vintage feedsack on the right.

I would love to hear of any more modern designs you can spot based on vintage feedsacks.

32 comments:

  1. That's amazing! It's one o those things I don't know that I would have really "seen" but when you put them side-by-side it's so interesting.

    I also like mixing things up a bit - a modern pattern with feedsack prints or a traditional pattern with modern prints. It's all fun!

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  2. Wow. That is so neat. The Jennifer Paganelli one is so strikingly close.

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  3. Great post...it's cool to see the comparisons!

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  4. What a neat post. I could tell which was vintage, but only because the colors were more faded. Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. love seeing vintage feedsack prints next to the modern version!! just really fascinates me!!

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  6. I just love those fabrics....and the wedding photo....cute couple

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  7. Wow, that's really amazing. Some of those patterns are such literal interpretations of the original designs. That's just crazy. I feel a little bit better about copying now! LOL

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  8. Amazing! I could spot the new fabrics, but who knew some of them were inspired by vintage prints??

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  9. I think its great that you quilt. About a month ago one of my customers was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on his passion for quilting....he is a truck driver. The story was on the front page of the paper. There is also a link on The Wall Street Journal (I believe under Quilting) where you can see him sewing. He is actually working on one of my patterns, so this is how I found out about it. Thought you might be interested.

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  10. Woah. Interesting. I feel like you just opened my eyes a little teeny bit wider. I've always thought there was inspiration to be found in old textiles, but some of these are so literal.

    It reminds me of when I was in high school and in love with a new song on the radio and my parents said it was not the original just a cover!

    Some of these are fabric covers. Still great though.

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  11. saw this:
    http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/stores_app/Browse_Item_Details.asp?Shopper_id=9197522215499197&Store_id=499&page_id=23&Item_ID=36487&Parent_Ids=

    ... and remembered an urban chiks print from their blossom line:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/foofanagle/3618668652/

    I am sure BOTH are derived from an old feedsack!

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  12. That is amazing how similar they are. I love vintage fabric.

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  13. Oh, I knew that "everything old is new again," but I didn't realize just how closely some of the "modern" fabrics are based on vintage fabrics. It's wonderful to see them right next to each other. Now I have to go back and read the comments to see if anyone pointed out other interesting examples. Great post, Ryan!

    joan

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  14. I'm always looking for vintage fabric and often see the relationship between the old and the new. It's very much like modern quilt designs there are very few "New" quilt designs just some with a new twist to them.

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  15. Wow, I find that just fascinating that you have that many right in your own collection. Fantastic! And boy they are almost exact repros too!

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  16. They are so similar - I love seeing them side by side! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. This is actually my favourite topic on fabric. I bookmark all of the articles and flickr photos I see on the subject. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I meant to add too that there are feedsacks even closer to the denyse schmidt leaves that come in multiple colours. Here's one of theme:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnykins/4366333208/

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  19. some more feedsack / modern links for you:

    DS leaves:
    http://www.rickrack.com/rickrackrag/?p=138

    Daisy Dot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9112391@N02/4570010102/

    timeless treasures: http://primrosedesign.blogspot.com/2009/10/lesson-in-color-and-contrast.html

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  20. and this one... maybe I'll try to start a flickr group.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27953607@N05/4345413925/

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  21. I love this! Now I have to keep my eyes peeled when looking at modern prints!

    Speaking of looking for fabric and sewing inspiration, have you found www.WeAllSew.com yet? Lots of great links to sewing stuff all over the web!

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  22. A few months ago I found some vintage feedsack on ebay that was very similar to the FMF daisy print: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenib/4380525342/in/set-72157616397637022/

    I sent a bit to my friend who took a photo of it next to the FMF print: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9112391@N02/4570010102/

    I am alright with it when it is obviously an inspiration, but in the case of this daisy print it is almost an exact copy. This really makes me a bit annoyed thinking about how it is put off as being "inspired" when a print like this has so clearly been "copied". I would be much more comfortable with it if they had admitted it was a reproduction. I understand that there was work put into it to find the print and tweak it, but honestly, it's just a little too close for comfort for me personally!

    Great post!

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  23. Almost all my guesses were wrong! LOL!!

    Hi! I'm Sara! I stumbled across your blog today and am SO impressed that you are a GUY who quilts! Do you get flack about it from your friends?

    Anyway, your blog looks very interesting, I shall add it to my bookmarks.

    have a great day!

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  24. Very interesting comparison. Everything old is new again indeed.

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  25. It's fun seeing some fresh looks to the older fabrics but then I wonder if it doesn't take away at some point.

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  26. I am not sure where the line is drawn between inspiration and a downright copy. I think today if an artist saw this "inspiration". The artist would call a copyright lawyer. And I would applaud the artist.

    Thank you for opening my eyes.

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  27. I have several contianers of feedsacks or pieces of them, think I'll go through them with a different eye now. It is amazing what a few tweaks and updating the colors do!

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  28. A few of Heather Bailey's fabrics are dead ringers for old feedsacks. Compare this feedsack http://tinyurl.com/25ddxx3

    to Heather's version
    http://tinyurl.com/2fdsb9m

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  29. I guess some of the new designers aren't as original as we might have thought! I'm disappointed but on the other hand I am happy to have new versions of some of these wonderful prints! I guess someone has to do it! But I will look at the new modern prints in a different way. Thanks for the comparisons!

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  30. Crazy but I actually prefer most of the older feedsack versions!

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  31. so many times i see "new" prints i have to pull out some of my great grandmothers unfinished or finished quilts to check and yep- I will be able to spy something really similar. I always feel a bit deja vu-ish! lol

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