Thursday, December 30, 2010

Barkcloth Bonanza!

Not a traditional barkcloth, this cloth certainly falls into the "family" with ease.  I believe this may be a cotton/rayon blend.  Selvage is marked Guaranteed to be a GOLDCO Vat Print. Design COMSTOCK.  Click the image and zoom for a larger view.  Click here to be taken to the listing.
I must begin this post with an apology.  To all the Etsy customers and potential customers who have written to me over the past year and who I have been telling month after month that I am "about" to list some barkcloth in "the next month" I swear, I really thought it was imminent!  Alas, month after month I kept bumping the barkcloth behind other items I deemed more "seasonal" until it was bumped all the way to the last week of the year!  I do have it, however, and will list it all later today.  Some pieces are one-off cuts, like this awesome abstract piece above, but, three of them are being sold "off the bolt" giving you time to consider your needs for larger or future projects.

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This large piece is a flat, printed heavy upholstery stock, not a barkcloth, but I am including it with this group as I believe it will appeal to the same collectors.  This is a "Roomaker Fabric."  At one point I made a note that the design might  be from Mary Cornwall, but, I cannot for the life of me now find my source for this connection.  I have found one on-line dealer selling an advertisement for Roommaker designed by Mary Cornwall (but no photo) so there is a connection there, but, for now, this is a likely but unconfirmed connection.

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I found a matching pair of panels in this pattern. They are pinch-pleated but short, an unusual combination.  Someone could use them for drapes or yardage.  The pattern is quite unusual.  The highly stylized pine boughs are printed in deep black on a ground of white with bright primary colors subtly woven into the white ground in the opposite direction (there is a detail in the listing).  This is true heavy cotton barkcloth.

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This piece is a beauty!  Large and unfaded and likely dating back to the 1930's.  What is amazing is that the selvage, which is almost completely cut off and very hard to read, actually reads "100% Cotton Barkcloth Woven Exclusively For {Something} Textiles, Inc."  That's the best I can do!  Gorgeous!

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Yardage! Yardage!  Yardage!  I have four matching full length panels of this heavy cotton mid-century Poppy floral and will sell all as one lot.  Wonderful for decorating or for yard goods.

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 The last three photos show the fabrics which I found on the bolt.  I had spied this amazing 1950's Boomerang pattern with gold flecks and a red atomic sputnik design at a local antique shop and waited a long time for the price to come down to something I thought I could offer as yard goods.  I still paid quite a bit for it, but, there is a lot of yardage here and I am hoping buyers will be able to purchase the quantities they need for some interior projects.  Marked a "Fabulous Prints by Tower" and Vat-Dyed but I cannot find a pattern name on the selvage.  Mid-weight cotton barkcloth.  Completely unused off the bolt.

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This too, is unused and off-the bolt.  I purchased this from the same dealer as above.  I paid a bit for it as well, so am selling as yard-goods to recoup my investment.  Gorgeous Asian design in spectacular colors and also with good metallic accents, perfect, as this has never been used or laundered.  Selvage is marked Goldtone Prints Design Gold Li Ti. 

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This is the last of the fabrics to be listed this week.  This one too, is still on the original bolt with yards and yards of fabric available.  The pattern and colors are absolutely amazing!  Everything I love in a vintage print of this period.  Wonderful stylized natural forms in a combination of beautiful greens and bright pops of yellows and reds.  What is unusual about this fabric is that it is an open weave, like a linen weave.  It is not a light fabric, it has substance to it, but the weave is such that it creates a "sheer" effect when held to the light.  In fact, I plan to use some of this fabric myself to create sheer patterned drapes for one room in my house.  I show all sorts of photos in the listing so take a look there for more info.  No mark on the selvage.  The bolt is marked with a paper label that reads "Guaranteed Vat Print."  Still unsure of the fabric.  Likely a blend of cotton and rayon or perhaps even silk.  Just stunning!

When I list these fabrics in my shop later today, I will come back and add live links to the listing.  I wanted to get this out there first, however, to give anyone interested somewhat of an advanced viewing of anything that piques interest!  Please note that if one of the "off-the-bolt" links takes you to a sold item, it may be relisted with additional yardage still available.  Please visit my shop and search on the word "Barkcloth" to see all active listings.

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