Monday, March 23, 2009

Document & Reproduction: Hartfield's "Netherfield Park"

The document print is the original print on which a reproduction is based. For "Netherfield Park" in the Hartfield line (the brown fat quarter on the right) I found a few swatches in an old nine-patch quilt that looks to date from about 1830. I think many of the fabrics in the nine-patches are about twenty years older than the set.

The original for "Netherfield Park" was a roller-printed cotton done in blue. These early roller prints are remarkably detailed because the print designers working after 1800 used the same technology that engravers used for banknotes. They adapted the copper plate's surface to a cylinder format and changed the printer's ink to dyer's formulas. Hartfield colorways include Knightley's umber brown, Emma's hedge green, ivory and Marianne's plum.


  1. Love it. I have added your blog link to mine.

  2. I am a huge fan of your books and was thrilled to find your blog. Your books are the first place I look when trying to date a fabric. I will try to link your blog on mine.
    Sheila Holland

  3. Love the brown fabric in your new line, looking forward to using it in a quilt.
    Welcome to blogland!
    Hope you will share more of your antique quilts and fabrics that you used for your fabric lines in the future as well as those in the past.
    I posted about your your new book!
    LOVE it!