Feed Sacks - The Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric

by Linzee Kull McCray
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Feed sacks are the perfect example of a utilitarian product turned into something beautiful. Author Linzee Kull McCray explores the history of the humble feed sack, from a plain cotton sack to exuberantly patterned and colorful bags that were repurposed into frocks, aprons, and quilts by thrifty housewives in the first half of the twentieth century. Extensive imagery and at-scale reproductions of these fabrics create an inspiring sourcebook of pattern and color--and offer a welcome visit to the days of yesteryear.

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by Linzee Kull McCray
6.625" x 8"
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full color, softcover
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Publication Date:
November 1st, 2019
I stayed up last night until I finished it. I am so glad Linzee wrote this comprehensive history of the cotton bags, beginning with facts about cotton picking to its transformations in textile mills into a fabric that was sold to bag companies to hold animal feed, grain, fertilizer, etc.

Linzee explains how the bag makers had no other choice but to yield to women’s demands for nicer designs and logos with ink that was easier to remove. Her book showcases a multitude of examples of feed sack prints, the ways companies used the bag’s ‘real estate’ to not only advertise their goods but also to provide patterns for clothing and children’s dolls and coupons, catering to the homemakers and their social activities.

A whole lot of eye candy!!! This is a must-read book if you love feed sacks. It would also make a fantastic gift for family and friends.
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Linzee Kull McCray

Linzee Kull McCray's curiosity has led her to explore a variety of vocational paths, including a career in journalism that gave her a great excuse to ask questions. After 13 years as a writer and editor, Linzee began freelancing on topics such as textiles, craft, and art. Besides writing for Moda's Cutting Table blog, Linzee has written for American Quilt Retailer, Modern Patchwork, Quilt Sampler, and more.

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