Feed Sack Fabrics

Tagging along to last week's post about the book I've been reading called Feed Sacks, The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric, I have been hunting for some of these historical cloths.  Ebay seems to be the place for authentic ones.  Although reproductions can be found on many sites as well.  Depending on what you plan to use them for you need to look at them carefully.  Usually Ebay sellers are upfront in the description with stains or rips.  My plan is to use them for apron pockets and detailing on a new category I am designing.  Therefore a few stains won't effect me too much because I just can cut around it.  

some feed sack fabric purchased on eBay.  

These ones I received are in pretty good shape and I am quite pleased with how they turned out after washing them.  They will work perfectly in my blues category! 

Have you shopped for feed sacks? Where are your go tos? Find anything amazing? Please share!

 

 

Inspirations, Books Reading

Currently Reading - Feed Sacks - The Colorful History

my copy of Feed Sacks with a feed sack used as wrapping. 

my copy of Feed Sacks with a feed sack used as wrapping. 

Currently reading a book called Feed Sacks, The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric.  I have always been interested in feed sacks.  They were a fabric bag made for sugar or flour or other grains and then repurposed most of the time for a dress or clothes.  Both of my parents were born during the depression.  They do not talk much about it although I am very interested.   Things were not wasted.  Food and clothing were not plentiful.  A very different life from mine and my daughter's.  

Feed Sacks is written by Linzee Kull McCray and published by UpperCase.  It is over 530 pages of photos and stories and 850 feed sack patterns are included.  It comes wrapped in a feed sack print. I ordered 2 and each came with a different fabric.  Talk about a great gift! 

Feed sacks are known by other names; cotton commodity bags, chicken linens, grain bags or textile bags. Since most of the people sewing were women, the manufacturers started to create their feed sacks with the woman of the house in mind. Sewing patterns were printed on the sacks, floral designs or needlework doilies. 

Once the sewing machine was invented, specifically a lock stitch, bags were able to be easily made and replaced the barrels that were originally used for carrying products.  Feed Sack takes the reader from the mid 1850's up to the early 1960's when sack fabric production ceased.

Linzee covers a thorough history of the feed sack.  How to tell if something is a feed sack, different feed sack sizes, feed sacks around the world and the many purposes that the feed sack served from clothes to quilts to kitchen purposes and sewing contests. 

a doll pattern to be cut out and made into a stuffed toy. all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

a doll pattern to be cut out and made into a stuffed toy. all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

a girl on the farm 1938.  all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

a girl on the farm 1938.  all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

feed sack example  all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

feed sack example  all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

all photos from the book Feed Sack by Linzee Kull McCray

Almost a century later these designs and prints are still popular.  

Click here for more info on Feed Sacks, The Colorful History of a Frugal Fabric. 

Tracey

In the Kitchen

Favorite Winter Soups

One of my favorite parts of winter is the soup.  I love to make soup possibly more than eating it.  A few winters past I added a slow cooker to my utensil collection.  I haven't used it much this winter.  I want to, but I keep finding soup recipes that call for your basic soup pot and blender.  I do have a Le Crueset that I love.  That is my go to now whenever I am cooking soups or pastas.  

I wanted to share some of my favorite soups this season.  Along with my new favorite and go to cook book, Small Victories by Julia Turshen.  And one of the bonuses of this book, also the title, are the little victories she includes with each recipe.  Don't have a complete recipe, she may give you a substitute. 

Every recipe I have tried so far has been a total success with myself andy family.  The chicken soup is a classic and perfect for a winter's day.

My next favorite soup recipe this season is another chicken soup but this one has dumplings it.  I just love the dumplings and they are super easy to make.  This recipe comes from the Whole Foods Cookbook.  

chicken soup 1
chicken soup finished

My third and final recipe is also from Whole Foods. This is the Butternut Squash Puree.  Last night I was trying to use what we have in the fridge.  I purchased a pre cut pound of butternut squash that afternoon so this was perfect.  I recipe calls for 2 pounds so I did the math. It was rather quick to cook and then pureed it.   They also add a little tip to add cinnamon raison croutons, which I also had on hand!  My one little mistake was I think I added a little too much ginger.  So proceed with caution!

butternut squash before the puree. 

butternut squash before the puree. 

Let me know what you think if you try any of the above recipes.  Or do you have a go to for this winter?

Tracey

Table Cloth Table Runner

Happy New Year! During the holidays are the busiest time for table runner sales.  I often get asked about size of a runner for a certain size table. Many people do not know what table size they have.  A good rule of thumb is usually you want the table runner to run over the side of each end about 10" to 14".  Some people are now placing a table runner perpendicular instead of parallel. 

table runner from shop terrain.com

williams-sonomoa

williams-sonomoa

internet home alliance.org 

There are many ways to lay a table runner as you can see in the above pictures.  So don't get trapped in a box. Also if a table runner is too long for your table just fold it in half.

Here is a great article on table runners. https://www.wayfair.com/ideas-and-advice/how-to-choose-a-dining-table-size-S4891.html

Tracey

Market, Product

Holiday Market in Manhattan

handmade holiday cavalcade etsyny

Holiday shopping is in high gear and what better way than to shop local! I am a member of the Etsy NY Team. A group of over 250 artisans and makers.  This week there will be over 50 members of the team setting up shop at Chelsea Market in Manhattan.  I will be one of them! I am so  excited for the Handmade Holiday Cavalcade, a  weeklong market plus a Sip n Shop on Thursday evening sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Another fabulous local maker!

Chelsea Market

9th Ave between West 15th and 16th St

Manhattan

Dec 5 to 11th 10:30 to 7:30

In addition to the Sip n Shop, there will be a photo booth to take some festive holiday photos, Swag Bag giveaways, A Scavenger Hunt and don't forget about our furry friends... A donation box will be set up to collect cat and dog food, toys, and blankets for the animals in the NYC Animal Care and Control Shelters.  The holiday season is particularly hard for them.  Many of them get left by their owners never to be seen again. So please bring a can of food or a toy for these guys. It will be much appreciated.

Here's a preview of some of the holiday items I will be selling.

retro reindeer
red linen napkins with metallic gold stitching

red linen napkins with metallic gold stitching

half apron barkcloth

 

Hope to see you there! If you can't make it you can place a custom order buy emailing me, tracey@traceytoole.com or visit my etsy shop.   

Happy Holidays!

Tracey