My passion for antique German linen and grain sack fabric continues. These two thrift store wingbacks have been completely transformed with simple beige grain sacks with small blue/white stripes which have been cut open to use as upholstery material. It took ten sacks to finish this project. Luckily I had enough. My upholsterer is fantastic and is used to my unusual projects, but complained that he had to sharpen his scissor after every cut. The fabric of flax is very heavy. Good thing is, it will NEVER wear out.
Here's a closer up view of the fabric with the simple stripe which ran vertically on the front and back of the sacks. It was a challenge for the upholsterer to lay out the fabric so that the stripes matched, and he had just enough fabric to make it work.
I recently found 35 yards of this German handwoven grain sack fabric, ca. 1890, never used. It's simply beautiful. The early looms from the 1800s were narrow, and so is this fabric. It measures 20 1/4 inches wide, making it difficult to use in larger upholstery projects, but perfect for pillows, table runners, placemats, or even as a stair runner.
So I couldn't wait to have pillows made for the wingbacks. The fabrics complement one another perfectly!
Since I have so much fabric, I've decided to offer it by the yard to those of you who might have a project you'd like to use this for. Fabric will be cut in one continuous length if you purchase multiple yards. I also have 20 yards available of each of the grain sack fabrics below. All are German handwoven flax, ca. 1890. Simply beautiful. $42/yd. E-mail with any questions.
Light oatmeal herringbone weave with two black stripes. German, handwoven, ca. 1890.
Light oatmeal with herringbone weave. Black/red stripe pattern unusual to see in this grain sack fabric. German, handwoven, ca. 1890.
I just couldn't resist buying this set of 20 vintage zinc flowerpot holders in Germany, although I knew I couldn't possibly use them all. I don't know exactly how old they are, although they do have some "age" to them, with minor imperfections. The open weave design is so pretty. There are holes at the bottom for drainage. So I've decided to keep what I want (7 pieces) and sell the rest here on Living Tastefully for those that might like them and have a use for them. They measure approximately 4 3/4 inches tall and 6 1/4 inches in diameter at the top. First come; first serve. Just send me an e-mail indicating your interest and I'll reply privately. $11.95/each, plus postage.
I used one for an orchid plant in my bathroom and lined the metal holder with "reindeer moss" (Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has a nice selection of different types of moss) . . .
. . . and another for a small pot of tulips which are so plentiful in the stores this time of year. I did keep both the orchid and tulips in their own little plastic pots before setting them in the outer metal holder.
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