Sunday, May 4, 2008

Blankets and blankets............

.......this one is actually NOT a "blanket", but a fabric collage/quilt made by my artist cousin and donated to our local Relay for Life this weekend. The background fabric is actually a beautifully quilted vintage satin quilt she got at the Salvation Army thrift shop! Three sides are scalloped; one side is white and the other a very pale lavender. She cut up various fabrics and clothes and laces, buttons, etc. for the blocks and embellished them with even more things like broken costume jewelry, rick-rack, measuring tape, crocheted flowers, etc. I'm anxious to find out how much $$$ it brought to the cause........lots of people were fondling it!
........and this is a thin (wool?) "Indian" blanket in gorgeous colors, with one small design in the center. It's been packed away in a cedar chest for more than 50 years, so it's in wonderful condition. I wish I could tell if it was handwoven or machine-made. (I also can't decide whether to give it for a gift for a dear one who loves western things, or to sell it here in our local vintage shop!) If anyone reading this could give me more information about it by seeing a photo of the entire blanket, please let me know!

3 comments:

skiingweaver said...

Hi there! I'm by no means an expert on telling whether something is handwoven, but there are little signs you could look for - are the selvedges just a little uneven? That could be a clue... Maybe the knotted fringe isn't all exactly alike, so that could be a clue, too.

A really well-made handwoven item might be hard to distinguish from a machine-woven item, especially since it looks like this is either tabby weave or a twill... (structures like overshot or others that take two shuttles are more likely to be handwoven, although, again, that's not a guarantee...)

It's a beautiful blanket, either way!

Margo said...

Hi Phyllis - I've been trying to e-mail you but it got returned - want to send you some things!
Margo

crooked heart art~tammy said...

hi phyl
wow is that blanket ever beautiful!!
the colors are so vibrant
fifty years-i would have it appraised if i could before i did anything with it :)
thanks for sharing it -much too pretty to be in a cedar chest :)
tammy