Friday, June 18, 2010

Barkcloth and other interesting stuff

I love barkcloth...even before I knew what it was...I love the slightly rough nature of the cloth, the designs, the fact that it is a strong fabric. I recently went to an antique mall and was surprised to find so much of it there.
Here is a bit about barkcloth...

The original barkcloth was quite literally made from the bark of trees. To make this type of barkcloth the inner bark of certain types of trees (primarily trees of the Moraceae family)
is beaten flat and formed into sheets.
These sheets are then used as a primitive fabric in many different applications.
If you hear the term barkcloth used today, however, it is most likely referring to a different type of fabric all together. From the 1930's through the 1960's (and even early into the 1970's) one of the most popular decorating fabrics was also known as barkcloth. In this case, the term barkcloth refers to the weave of the fabric which is thick, nubby and slightly textured.
 Barkcloth got it's name because the texture of the fabric bears a slight resemblance to tree bark.
Barkcloth fabric is often made of cotton, although it can be made of other fibers as well including linen, rayon, polyester, and fiberglass depending how old the fabric is.
Although thicker than a standard cotton, barkcloth is surprisingly soft and drapes nicely which made it a great choice for draperies and curtains.
Because of it's thick texture barkcloth is also quite durable which also made it well suited to being used as an upholstery fabric.
I found all this barkcloth at Artichoke Annies Antique Mall...they had lots of this great fabric. 
My obsession with all things cobalt blue took over after I drooled over the barkcloth and I found this blue and white floral cotton fabric....
And this Holland Delft collection...I love the baby shoe in the front. I used to collect baby shoes like that.  I had over 200 of them at one time.
I love the checkered bowls and the cup piece with the bluebird eating blackberries...
and the bluebird plate.
Another Holland influence with the windmills and sailboats on this tablecloth.
And I love this willow cane seat bench. It is kid sized and I imagined children sitting on looks well loved.
And then I turned around and saw the Jolly Green Giant!  You never know what you will see in an antique mall!!

1 comment:

Gretchen Seefried said...

Great post! I am a new follower! Please stop by Midchix and join the Crafty Mama Flock! We would love to have your input!