Friday, January 18, 2013

National Polka Dot Day 1-22-2013

Djuna Barnes

 January 22 is National Polka Dot Day.

I'm telling you now so you can go through the laundry basket and find something to wear.

And maybe start a new project inspired by these masterpieces of dot-ology I found on eBay.

A grid of dots

Now when I say I found these it doesn't mean I bought them. I copied the photos and worked on them a little in Photoshop.
I don't need to own these. I just need to know they exist.

Another variation on the same theme.

A masterpiece, possibly from the 1960s

Tied comforter (detail) by Anna Runnels, 1890-1925
Collection of the Kansas Historical Society.
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kathyinozarks said...

What a fun blog-I remember all the polka dots growing up as a child. My favorite of all these is the tied comforter-do you know if that one is wool. thanks for the great read Kathy

ga447 said...

Thank you for the info, I adore the photo of the women dressed with the polka dot scarf.

Fran said...

Brilliant! Love the dots within dots quilt.

WoolenSails said...

My father loved dots and always wanted me to buy clothes with black and white dots, lol. All I wanted was a pair of cool jeans;) I like the tied quilt, but might not add so many ties, seems a bit much. I have been wanting to make a circle quilt and have been saving dots and circle fabrics to use in it.


Nifty Quilts said...

What fun! Think I'll post something polka dot on the big day. Thanks for the news!

Virginia said...

I recently saw a quilt at the American Folk Art exhibit at the Figge Museum in Davenport, IA that was stuffed work. It had a lot of wonderful cornacopias and florals but it was covered in stuffed circles--polka dots!!

Virginia said...

Here's a link for the quilt mentioned above (the exhibit banned photos):


Lisa Quintana said...

I want to share a 19th century polka-dot doll quilt I have in my collection. I think you'd get a kick out of this little gem.




Love those dots!

Barbara Brackman said...

Virginia---I had never noticed that stuffed work quilt. YIKES. Everybody copy that address into your browser and check it out. Lisa---I couldn't open those links with the tiny urls.

Carole~Wheels on the Warrandyte Bus said...

Thanks for the fun whimsical blog.

Anonymous said...

Once again, thanks for the humor - makes my day! And reference to Djuna Barns, so herstorical.....

susan said...

I'm going to make a polka dot scarf for myself and my daughter tomorrow

Lisa Quintana said...

Well crumbs...sorry about that. Try this:


I imagine you'll have to cut and paste rather than it showing up as a hotlink.

Barbara Brackman said...

Lisa-the last link worked. Very cute and very Christmassy

Denniele said...

My polka dots are ready for tomorrow...lime green with black dots....have to look professional since it is a work day!