This Piece: “Daisy Bouquet” is a mellowed out, earth-toned cotton upholstery fabric by Greeff from the 1970s, #106783. Their own description calls the colors “lemon/terra cotta/ sand.” I’d say it’s a gentle “sand” background on which pale pea colored daisies , terra cotta colored asters, and white lace flower combine in a riot of summer happiness with a woodland colorway feel.
Since the piece is large, and there’s two clear center motifs, if you cut well you could do matching pillow fronts or upholster two dining chairs or make two message boards that held the central motif.
Oversize Sample Size: 47″ wide x 36″ long
“…we have never looked upon ourselves as ‘dealers in textiles.’ We regard textiles simply as one means of artistic expression…” — Theodore Greeff, President, Greeff Fabrics, Inc.
Maker: Greeff Fabrics, Inc was founded in the US by Theodore Greeff in 1933 to make a wide range of mostly traditional style interior fabrics and wallcoverings, grouped in collections, for high-end interior designers. Jackson’s book points to Marion Dorn, John Little, Dan Rasmassen, and Dagmar Wilson as key designers from the 1940s and after.
By 1971, Greeff’s chief designer was a female, Virginia Nepodal. Lesley Jackson writes in her book Twentieth-Century Pattern Design that, “Virginia Nepodal, an in-house designer at Cheney Brothers during the 1940s, who transferred to the newly merged Cheney, Greeff & Co. during the early 1950s, worked in an accessible modern style, creating patterns such as Mushrooms, Sanderlings, and Seeds (all 1951). Subsequently, as design director of Greeff Fabrics from 1952 to 1985, Nepodal was responsible for the stylings of both textiles and wallpaper, where she juggled the dual requirements of ‘Contemporary’ and traditional design.”
What Can You Make With This? A pillow, Roman shade for a small window, backgrounds for message boards, and more. Large enough to cover the seat of a small dining room chair, or for part of a chair or settee when a different fabric is used on other parts of the piece, such as this designer is doing: https://w9yards.com/custom-chairs/
Why High-End Vintage Fabric Samples? Because the large over size sample and superior manufacturing quality make it possible to access a very high-end fabric for a smaller scale project without the high cost of these classic vintage fabrics, which often begin at over $150 a yard, if they can still be found at all. Other reasons are to access a small amount of discontinued fabric to match or to repair an existing piece in your home.
SUSTAINABILITY: ALL my packaging except tape is 100% re-used. Your invoice is available digitally in your account. I source vintage items and resources either as they are, or to upcycle into new products, giving them a new life. This reduces demand on current resources, preserves history, and keeps valuable items out of the landfill, all of which asks just a little bit less out of our ever-giving Mother Earth. Etsy buys carbon offsets for all shipping, which is a win-win for the sustainability-minded shopper.
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