Scraps from the Past

The wonderful Paula B kindly sent me a package with two scrap collections, one from the late 1800s and one from the 1930s.  There are at least 200 different fabrics represented! Most of them are cotton, but a few are wool.

fabric samples from late 1800s

Being that today is ScrapHappy Day for June, I thought I would share them.  These little scraps will probably never be put into any project; they will just be treasured for the inspiration they bring from the past!

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fabric samples from late 1800s

Even my favorites, mill engravings!

I can make my own visual guide, like the ones in one of my favorite books: Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800 – 1960, by Eileen Jahnke Trestain, 1998, American Quilter’s Society.  I think that should count as a ScrapHappy project.  🙂

There are all kinds of wonderful fabric samples available online.  Here are two of my favorites:


Fortin book of samples, from the Internet Archive.

From the book Passementeries, French, 1842-51.


They are from The Clark museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where the Mary Ann Beinecke Collection of textile books is housed.  Over 400 of them have been digitized, and they are so much fun to wander through.

ScrapHappy Day is the 15th of every month, and it is hosted by Kate and Gun.  Here is the list of participants:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen (me), Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

You can visit them, to see what people have done this month to actually create things from scraps instead of just sorting them and playing with them as I did.

And thank you again to Paula for sharing these scraps with me!