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Kinda dumb question - domestic fabric

Old 09-21-2012, 02:09 PM
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When I was growing up (50 something years ago), my mother would use what she called "domestic" fabric for quilt backing. Is that the same thing as unbleached muslin? Haven't heard that term used in years and I'm curious if it's the same thing.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:35 PM
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When I googled "Domestic Fabric" muslin came up. . .
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Old 09-21-2012, 03:41 PM
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Yes, it is muslin. That's what my grandmother always called it.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:28 PM
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Not a dumb question at all! I never heard of that, and now I learned something, so thank you!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:41 PM
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I have not heard that term but, I do know muslin was about the only thing used for backing.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:52 PM
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"Domestic" was plain muslin because it was common to dye fabrics at home with store-bought dyes. In other words, it wasn't colored or printed.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:54 PM
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Oh did that bring back memories. I had forgotten muslin was once called domestic. I had not heard it called that in many years.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:35 PM
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I remember when muslin was called domestic.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
When I googled "Domestic Fabric" muslin came up. . .
My family had a "general merchandise" store which carried fabrics. I can remember seeing huge bolts of this fabric. It was unbleached muslin. Women came in and bought yards of the stuff. I think they were buying it to make bedding (sheets, pillowcases, etc.). I also remember seeing these big bolts of fabric used for dish cloths.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:55 AM
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I have always heard that the only dumb questions are the ones you do not ask. I learned something from your question so it was a good one.
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