This floral spray comes from a 1950s eiderdown.
Floral spray from 1950s eiderdown
At least, it looks solidly 1950s to me, though I guess it could be 1940s, at a pinch. Unfortunately, there’s no label on it to give further clues.
Corner showing frilled edge
The fabric isn’t the usual eiderdown cotton; it has a canvas-type weave which has taken the print in an interesting way making it look almost as though it’s been painted on. The filling definitely isn’t synthetic, though what proportion of feather/down is in it I don’t know.
It’s a pretty piece, and one of the many things I’m hauling off to the It’s Darling! vintage & handmade fair on Saturday (have I mentioned that already…?).
If I can get past the attention-seeking cat, that is.
Mittens knows she sets off the dusty pink background perfectly.
Yes, it’s another eiderdown! I’m not getting anywhere close to my proper fabric stash yet.
Now, this looks 1920s or 1930s to me, but I’m not an expert on these items so if you have a better idea do let me know as I love to learn. The frill around the edge appears to be synthetic taffeta and is not the colour I would have chosen if I’d been on duty in the eiderdown factory that day, but nevermind. None of us is perfect.
Vintage eiderdown with angular paisley pattern
This eiderdown also has an interesting quilting pattern and a central eyelet vent which I’ve read somewhere is a sign of quality.
The whole eiderdown with its unusual quilting pattern
And, yes, I took this picture a couple of weeks ago; those white tulips are now long gone, though the white clematis is still flowering (just) on the apple tree.
It’s a bank holiday here in the UK, which requires more doing of nothing, or possibly a little light pottering in the garden, weather permitting (and it just about is).
So, I thought I’d kick off a new feature which won’t require much heavy lifting: Scrap of the Week. Here I’ll feature either a genuine fabric scrap, waiting to be made into something new, or an old piece of cloth still incorporated into an old item. Does that make sense?
The first item is a close-weave cotton and is still part of something old. It’s one of the eiderdowns I had endlessly airing on the line the other week. They certainly knew a thing or two about florals when this baby was made: I’m guessing 1950s, though this isn’t my speciality at all. I love the faintly visible mesh of what looks to me like faux-lace in the background. Anyway, enjoy!