Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Fabric Pt. 1

Wizard of Oz decor is always in demand. The last Oz bedding I'm aware of is from the 1970s. There was to be a bedding line in the early 2000s, but the deal fell through. Oz fans have been forced to rely on fabric companies to fill in the gap. Even fabric seems to be few and far between, but I'd think you'd be surprised at how many there really are.

Quilters often use their craft to tell a story. The universal theme of searching for where one truly belongs makes Oz a favored motif among quilters. Who wouldn't feel at home wrapped in a cozy Oz quilt?

Here are some of the Oz fabrics that have turned up over the years. Click on the photos to enlarge.

In addition to the patterns shown below, this pattern comes in yellow checks. A company identified as CBS had bedding and towels with Denslow illustrations. It's possible the fabric is theirs as well.

This next piece was sold as fabric on eBay, but I'm unsure if it was fabric or if it was part of the bedding line that had been cut up.

This fabric I really doubt is meant to be for the Wizard of Oz. I'm not inclined to believe that every little girl with a scarecrow is Oz related. Scarecrows are usually staples of farm scenes which are common in collectibles and a lot of times mistaken for Oz. It's hard to tell without seeing the entire pattern but there's nothing on this swatch that gives any hint of the land over the rainbow. However, it's worth noting in case I'm wrong.

This next piece is Wizard by Never Misbehaves. The book 100 Years of Oz: A Century of Images from the Wizard of Oz Collection of Willard Carroll by John Fricke dates this fabric to the 1950s.

The Wizard of Oz Collector's Treasury by Jay Scarfone & William Stillman identifies this fabric as being made by Home Fabrics & Draperies, Inc. Late 50s - early 60s.

Again, this is a piece that I'm unsure whether or not it's fabric unto itself or a piece cut from the Fieldcrest bedding line, early 1960s.