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the Daily
June 9, 2011, 3:49 pm
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Yesterday morning, I awoke under a new feedsack quilt of my Granny’s creation. And it dawned on me that I left off about a year ago tweeting a Feedsack a Day. Today, I will pick up where I left off – May 31st, 2010 #151 of 365 where I featured a favorite as the last of a series from the {kimmymade} Flickr photostream – a tiny sugar sack with red and pink geometric pattern and atomic starbursts.

Daily Feedsack feature No. 151 of 365 for 2010 ending this kimmymade month on a SUPER high note.

I may even go double or nothing as I went this spring to bdp south and came back with a mountain of new feedsacks!

ps. I am newly addicted to instagram for the iPhone!


first art show

Happy Friday! I have been off schedule with the blog for quite some time now and honestly this will probably continue throughout the summertime. The Lyons Open Studio Tour was last weekend and I am now trying to nail down which weekend indie craft shows to commit to for the rest of the summer. In the meantime, if you missed seeing the BirdDog Press on the tour, you can still catch a glimpse of another new direction with my feedsack pattern passion, more of an artprint style – affordable art in the form of little scenes of eco-crafted paper quilt collages. My first coffee shop gallery show is on display for the month of June at my favorite local Bhakti Chai hangout, The Stone Cup!

i won! {i wish}
January 29, 2010, 6:57 am
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jonquil feedsack

one little, two little, three little feedsack auctions on eBay. yippee! and sadly, the above isn’t one of them. I want it really badly, but the seller {whom i’ve bought from before, paid promptly & gave positive feedback to} says that she won’t sell to me b/c I somehow lowered her “DSR ratings” – what does that even mean? She actually said I “punished” her. Why would I do that? I just want to buy an old piece of fabric! Bizarre. Anyway, If someone wants to buy this and then turn around and sell it to me, I’m a guaranteed customer.

… and that’s all i have to say today. MUST get caught up on design and custom projects … the year is off to a dynamic start!!

Curl Up with a Good Book
January 22, 2010, 11:39 am
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on Flickr from theHandmaiden.
… and a Feedsack pattern. Here is a sneak peek of the first 2010 installment of the Letterpress Feedsack of the Month Club. Where stationery and vintage fabric meet in the mail!

What exactly IS a feedsack?
January 8, 2010, 9:06 am
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child's feedsack Apron

So, as we’re printing the Concert for Cash poster, Cash’s mommy asks me “What exactly IS a feedsack?” And that is a great question.

Pictured above is an apron that my Granny made for Cullin recently using an old feedsack. It is not like all of these patterned pieces that I have been showing for my Daily Feedsack series, so just what is the story?

Once upon a time, storage for things like sugar, flour, feed, cornmeal, etc was all in barrels and tins – the cotton industry wanted a piece of the pie, but because the sewing machine hadn’t come along yet, they couldn’t sew a seam strong enough to hold the contents. Once the sewing machine entered the scene, cotton sacks were used for these staples and were stamped with the name of the company who manufactured them {much like the one above}. One thing led to another and the realization was made that people were recycling the cloth for various uses after the contents had been consumed. Aprons, underclothes, curtains, dresses, quilts and more were already being made with this cloth and so the idea was born to make a removable paper label and use printed fabrics to make the product inside even more desirable and collectible.

So there you have it, the ever-so-abbreviated story of how the feedsack came to be, or at least the beginning of the story …

southern queen
October 30, 2009, 7:49 am
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My latest eBay feedsack find. Check out where it’s from! A little something from my home state of Tennessee brightening the studio.

Shoppe Update

The BirdDog Press is constantly making and creating things and we get so busy doing so, that we hardly remember to update our shop so you can buy them! We now have feedsack fabric flag greetings and halloween twirly*gig plantable greetings available in the shop. Stay tuned for custom woodtype stationery, soon to arrive in time for holiday orders – stationery makes a fabulous gift!

*photography by Julia Vandenoever

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