Asked on Oct 5, 2017

Can you name this material???

EmilyMichele HadawayReenaroc
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have a tablecloth and napkins , was popular when Battenberg Lace and Cutwirk linens were available ????!
q can you name this material
8 answers
  • I have some that look very similar that my grandma in Austria sent me, mine are linen, very lovely and use all the time. Can't tell by this photo, on mine the design is woven into the fabric like a brocade.
  • Emily
    on Oct 5, 2017

    It sort of looks like damask. I think all three items you mention . . . battenberg which is a lace, and cutwork which is linen that has been cut and embroidered, damask which is a woven design; have been available for a very long time. I think your design may be printed on a plain fabric and is fairly recent.
  • Ginny
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Reminds me of damask. Could it be from the 1920s or 1930s because my mother had a Fieldcrest banquet size cloth and 12 napkins she passed on to me that I never used. Donated my local historical society. Fabric was shiny, resembled damask but looked like it contained rayon because it was slippery to the touch. Mom and Dad were married in 1935, and I think it was a wedding present.
  • Polly
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Paper

  • Delle
    on Oct 5, 2017

    It looks like the design is woven into the fabric. The technique for this produces what's generally known as damask.

  • Reenaroc
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Early 90's... is probably a silk screened, light weight cotton or cotton blend. Just guessing. Hard to tell without touching & seeing up close. Home Economics teacher at school would know for sure or fabric store associate. Good Luck! :)
    • Reenaroc
      on Oct 6, 2017

      Umm, I'd call around to different high schools or even colleges, try to find a Home EC teacher that is older & wiser (although the lady at my Hobby Lobby would probably know, so maybe try different stores). I know my Home EC teachers would have known (but I'm old) lol. I had 5 years of sewing cause I loved it.... Or I bet some of the older women at a church would know. I do think I am right though. I made your picture bigger and looked at it some more. I have several pieces similar to yours. If there is a sheen then probably cotton blended w/ silk or satin or nylon & if design is not woven in then it is silk screened. No matter what, it looks very pretty and in good condition. Oh wow, I just thought of some other things to try. You could look at the table clothes in high end stores for something similar& read their labels or even look on ebay at the vintage table clothes. A lot of their sellers tell you the blend of the fabrics even on the older things. Some of those sellers are very smart about such things. Just don't give up. So many ways to find things out..... out there.
  • Michele Hadaway
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I think its linen
  • Emily
    on Oct 8, 2017

    Just came back to say that probably if you took the tablecloth to a JoAnn's fabric or a fabric dept with a knowledgable clerk they could identify the fabric.
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