Feed Sacks: The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric
Uppercase Publishing, Inc., Printed in Canada by The Prolific Group, 2016
by Linzee Kull McCray
Private Collection, US
Bound as a 3-Part Bradel binding. The spine is covered in handmade Katie MacGregor paper in purple. Boards are covered in vintage fabric with a hand embroidered Japanese tissue wrapper. Red leather wrapped endbands. Endpapers are handmade Katie MacGregor paper in aqua and Hook Pottery paper in pale pink.
Book is housed in clamshell box covered in navy blue bookcloth with trays covered in handmade pale pink paper and lined with black Wheatstraw paper from Hook Pottery Paper. Label made from the pale pink paper and title is drawn with a red colored pencil and outline with embroidered thread in dark teal.
20.9cm x 17.6cm x 4.3cm – Completed in 2017
- Exhibited online at Feed Sacks Bindings
- Exhibited in Iowa Quilt Museum at Winterset, Iowa in 2018
The culture around feed sack fabrics really inspired me to create something that would highlight the various levels of design and craft that emerged from this commodity. Many of these fabrics were reused by women as a means to create garments for themselves and their families. With so many families reclaiming these fabrics, companies caught on and began to dye the fabrics and print beautiful patterns. Some fabrics were even printed with embroidery guides for objects likes dolls.
In addition to this element of renewal and craft, I was also struck by the language and graphic design used on the feed sack labels. For the design on my binding, I chose to recreate a paper label through hand embroidery. This label is wrapped around an authentic feed sack fabric.
Read about the binding process
of this book on my blog.