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Fabric Friday: Shagbark

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Workshops - specialty vintage topics' started by denisebrain, Mar 11, 2022.

  1. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG Vice President Staff Member VFG Past President

    This is one fabric look you're not likely to forget once you see it. It is very handy to know for those who like 1950s clothing. This term isn't in every book, but it is acknowledged in, among other references, the wonderful Fabric Reference by Mary Humphries, filed under "Plain Weave Variations".

    An embellishment on plain weave, shagbark features small loops spaced along warp yarns.

    Shagbark can be quite even like this—
    This is the fabric at a distance.

    It can also be more irregular in pattern. This example is from Revival Fabrics.

    I assume that the name comes from the shagbark hickory tree, but honestly, that seems a stretch.

    Maybe the little loops are supposed to represent shagbark hickory nuts? :wacko:
  2. vintagedevotion

    vintagedevotion VFG Board Member

    such a pretty textile! thanks for sharing!
  3. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing VFG Board Member Staff Member VFG Past President

  4. Rue_de_la_Paix

    Rue_de_la_Paix VFG Member

    Yes, a scarce term for sure!
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  5. Distantdetails

    Distantdetails Administrator

    Maggie, is that the same thing as "barkcloth", that a lot of curtains were made from in the '50s? It generally looks the same (to me!).
  6. denisebrain

    denisebrain VFG Vice President Staff Member VFG Past President

    Janine, no it is not the same. an idea emotian idea emotian idea emoti Oh, great idea for a subject for Fabric Friday this week! Thank you for asking.
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  7. Nice one, Maggie! I've encountered this before and it had me baffled. I'll be on the look out now for it.

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  8. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member

    I've seen this before but never knew what to call it. Thank you!
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  9. Shusteroo

    Shusteroo VFG Member

    Thanks, I'd not heard that name but I have seen the fabric so that's useful to know.
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  10. vivavintageclothing

    vivavintageclothing VFG Member

    I have loved this textured textile ever since first encountering it on some of my favorite 1950s dresses, but I had no idea that it had a name! Thanks, Maggie!
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