Textiles and the Triplett Sisters

Mexican Shellflower & Calla Lily Textile


Considered by many to be the most popular chintz for quilt makers in the 1840s, the Mexican Shellflower, Calla Lily and Tulip can be found in many beautiful chintz quilts. This textile was one of the “Famous Fabrics” that we tracked in our book Chintz Quilts from the Poos Collection where we provide a list of the many quilts using the fabric. The Victoria and Albert Museum has the original antique fabric in unused condition. There also appears to be a block printed border fabric that was made in 1824 prior to the larger floral fabric. The larger flower fabric was created in England during 1830s to 1840s, although the specific manufacturer is unknown. The existing textile shows that unlike other medallions of the period, this was not originally designed as a medallion. It has one...
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Happy Thanksgiving!


It is hard to believe that it is already the end of November! Time has moved so slowly through this difficult year and yet, it doesn’t seem possible that Thanksgiving is almost here. This year we will be giving thanks for you! Thanks for those who read our blog, host a zoom program or workshop, participate in one of three Triplett Sisters BOM and to those who shop on our website or Etsy shop. When we lost more than 80 bookings to the pandemic, it was very disheartening. We weren’t going to be able to connect with you through our quilts. Instead we found other ways to connect. THANK YOU! To celebrate the coming holidays, we are pleased to announce three exciting developments:First, we are lowering the price of the 25” Fruit Basket Medallion to $30,...
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Scherenschnitte


“Scissor cuts or snips” in German is the art of paper cutting a design that frequently has a rotational symmetry. Many of us played with this art form as children creating snowflakes out of folded notebook paper. It was also commonly used for silhouettes, valentines, birth commemoratives, and artwork. The art form is more than 2,000 years old with the oldest surviving papercut found in China and dates to the 6th century. Papercutting came from China to Europe and by the 14th century had spread throughout the world. However, because the art form was brought to Colonial America by Swiss and German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania, the German terminology has dominated the art form in America. In America, the technique was used on more than paper, but also fabric. The technique appears to have been...
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Huguenot Spitalfields Silks


Many experts consider the Huguenots legacy textiles, specifically weaving. As the Huguenot refugees began fleeing the religious persecution in France in the late 1500s, their skills impacted textile industries in Netherlands, South Africa, Colonial America, to name a few and perhaps the best known…Spitalfields, England. Currently, there is an emphasis of cotton for quilts, but in earlier times, silk was more accessible for quilts. Spitalfields is a district in the East End of London, which was an area of fields and gardens until the streets were laid out for Irish and Huguenot silk weavers. The Huguenots hoped to avoid the restrictive legislation of the City Guilds, by living outside of the city. The Huguenots set up looms weaving in their homes with “weaver windows,” In 1638 Charles I established the Spitalfields Market initially to sell “flesh,...
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Dutch Textiles


This year the Triplett Sisters made the momentous decision to carry Dutch Heritage reproduction fabrics in our shop. There are extra challenges and expenses when carrying imported fabrics. However, Kay and I have always loved these fabrics from “first sight.” We appreciate the quality, the brilliant color, and the design which is true to 17th and 18th century fabrics in both scale and pattern. I have designed more quilts with these Dutch fabrics than I will ever be able to assemble. (Note: I will continue to try making all of them!) The Dutch have a long history of textile manufacture starting with wool and linen, with major textile production taking place in Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft, and Haarlem. In fact, the textile industry was so vibrant that linen merchants from other areas of Europe sent their...
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