Uncovering Time Capsules

Peg and Awl

The Bundle, stored in this manner for a century.

Opens to reveal remaining bits of fabric cut for a dress.

This weekend I found piles of tiny fabric time capsules in small bundles from the late 1800s-early 1900s. Utilitarian fabric from Pennsylvania – predominantly indigo checked and striped cotton and used for everything from dresses to curtains to kitchen towels and more. Each bundle contains a larger outer piece (or pieces) and many small pieces, the remains of whatever pattern was being cut out – no piece was too small to save.

In our throw-away society, seeing such bundles that have endured in such a manner for more then a century is so strangely inspiring. The first time I encountered this was at an abandoned house. I used the small fabric pieces to line journals – the curious legacy these women left, in saving the remains for some use in the future, was fulfilled a century later!

Other colours...

But mostly variations of blue.

More late 1800s-early 1900s fabrics found this weekend!

After fabric hunting we visited Daniel Boone's Homestead. I love Pennsylvania.

But nothing's lost. Or else: All is translation and every bit of us is lost in it. -James Merrill

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  • lovemyhouse

    Wow - really amazing!! πŸ™Œβ€οΈ

  • pegandawl

    Thank you @Bente !

  • franknfried

    Love how the Kent Family sees the world🌟

  • annamarie59

    What an awesome find...makes me nostalgic for the simple ways of life.

  • _bearista

    This is absolutely special. I can't believe you found something so old! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  • pegandawl

    @_bearista - it is kind of crazy how much history is left behind and bulldozed! 😒

  • pegandawl

    @annamarie59 me too!!! Just seeing this πŸ˜‰

  • hannahsalamon6

    I'm studying in Paris right now, but this made me miss Pennsylvania so much! Such a gorgeous post❀

  • pegandawl

    Thank you @hannahsalamon6 ! I love penna too, but would love to be studying in Paris! What are you studying?

  • hannahsalamon6

    I love it as well😊 I study political science and French while I'm here for the semester!