Mill Book Series: Circa 1835
Moda's latest Collection For a Cause line is called the Mill Book Series: Circa 1835
Should be in shops this month!
Mark Dunn, our boss at Moda, found the prints in the oldest mill book in the Moda library. The very thick book is from about 1835.
I did a little detective work on the book, which is all in French.
A mill book is a bound copy of the prints a particular fabric mill produces during a season, like a scrapbook.
This particular book is full of light and airy prints in the colors Moda has reproduced.
I was trying to figure out what French mill might have kept the book and was pleased to come across words like "Koechlin" because there were Koechlin mills in Mulhouse in Alsace-Lorraine in the early nineteenth century.
But I also came across names like Schlumberger. You may think of the Schlumberger empire as based in oil equipment but they started out as textile printers in Alsace-Lorraine. Weren't Koechlin & Schlumberger competitors?
And then there swatches with the word "unknowns"---Inconnus
I wonder if this book is not a scrapbook compiled by a designer looking to lift a few ideas from his own competitors.
I don't think anybody is going to be copying the print on the top of the page above although the dots are a good addition.
Keeping an eye on the other printers?
But who kept it?
It's still a mystery.
I like this page where it says Koechlin Brothers and then in parentheses (Mauvais) underlined.
Hey, I like these delicate pastel prints.
And I think you will too.
Remember the Collections for a Cause lines that Mark Dunn does always benefit a nonprofit and this one benefits the American Quilt Study Group.
Thank you, Mark.
Here's a link to see the whole Mill Book Collection: