Spring Animals – Embroideries from the 1930’s
Well, it is spring here, at least in Santa Fe. Hopefully, soon the nice weather will reach you also, although I can remember, living in New England, snow packs until May.
So to celebrate the season I have selected several children-themed embroideries from the 1930’s.
This is a feedsack, technically, the more correct name would be “textile bag”, which as you can see by the remaining lettering, contained dried beans. Textile bags were used as packaging for every imaginable dry item, from flour and sugar to voting ballots and ammunition. Ultimately, following WWII the paper bag manufacturers managed to supplant the cloth bag industry by deeming their bags “unsanitary”, although other countries continued to use this packaging. During the peak of textile bag use various producers of goods vied for customers and used their packaging to encourage sales. During the depression it was a bonus if your flour sack could also be used as fabric for curtains or a child’s dress or patches for a quilt. Often small bags were imprinted with designs for embroidery. As you can see, one of the disadvantages of using such cloth for décor was the label printing that often remained despite repeated washings.
These two matted embroideries were, perhaps, patches from an embroidered child's spread or pillow cover.
This is an embroidered sham for a child's pillow.
Small pieces of vintage embroidery can be readily found in thrift stores and on-line. They add great charm to any child's room.