There are many reasons why after nearly 60 years we can still find unused wool yardage in estates. Perhaps the seamstress purchased too much for her project, but more likely, as least for most of us, it was bought for a project that was never begun. In any case, unused vintage yardage is a real find for those of us who are project orientated.
This piece of pure woven wool Scottish tartan fabric was put away in a drawer for over a half century. The colors have muted just enough to have taken on a wonderful mellow tone. The quality of the weave and the fabric is beautiful and has a fabulous natural finish to it.
However, being pure wool and having been stored in some cupboard all this time, there is the inescapable moth hole damage, as shown in the photos. The entire piece seems to have been folded and the holes often run along the folds. Because it has been folded and stored for such a long time, there is a slight storage muskiness. I have not dry cleaned it, but it could be.
This is a wonderful piece of wool to make cushions, seat covers, upholster small chairs, create exciting valences, or even smaller curtains. It certainly would be a handsome window seat in any room. Some might fancy clothing accessories such as ties, shawls and scarves. I’ve also seen in decorating magazines tartan plaids used for table covers and table runners; all worthwhile and possible uses for this particular piece of yardage.
It is such a beautiful woven piece of yard goods with a great and elegant tartan plaid woven into it. The entire piece measures about 5 feet wide by 10 feet long, or about 60 inches wide by 3-1/3 yards. There should be enough here, working around the moth damage, to help fulfil your wildest fantasy of a tartan-decorated room.
Please note: I have photographed this piece in sections, both outside on a bright sunny day and inside, and there seem to be variations of color from photo to photo. I would say that the color is primarily a beautiful shade of navy blue, as opposed to light blue or green, with a green-ish blue stripe and some grey tones, that for some reason my camera cannot capture well.
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