Threads of Fabric
Museums provide many opportunities to study and learn from the past. At the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado, history buffs can enjoy the craftsmanship of quilters, past and present, and appreciate their skills applied to historical materials and designs. Backgrounds for this web site contain images of vintage fabric from the museum.
A few years ago, a newspaper notice caught my attention. The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum was having a garage sale, to clear out a backlog of fabric and supplies. On the appointed day, I made a beeline to Golden, and was not disappointed. Various fabric ends from bolts of reproduced vintage calico cotton were available for purchase. They practically leapt into my basket, and have come in handy many times since.
Fabric is a handy writing metaphor for history. Threads in the cloth represent stories and timelines. Elements combine and blend to create a greater historical fabric of events and people who interacted, reflecting usage, tastes and culture from long ago.
When I recently came across the remainder of the fabric I had purchased, the enchanting designs once again took me back in time. They brought to mind wallpaper of the late 1800s in the American West, and precious fabric purchased by pioneers for handmade clothing, dresses, aprons, shirts, blouses, bonnets, and curtains. Consider these common objects and images as they evoke thoughts and visions from the past.
Joyce B. Lohse – Copyright 2020