Do you have a little bit of extra wall space that is just begging to be filled with something dramatic and unique to display? Is there a long-lost treasure made of fabric stashed away in an old truck, tucked away in tissue paper at the back of a bottom drawer, or tucked away in a storage box?
Our family had several heirlooms, including an old quilt, a coverlet, a Navajo saddle blanket, and a flag from World War I. All of these items had been passed down through the generations. In order to make room for art in our house, we decided to remove them from the armoires and linen closets where they had been stored. We were also of the opinion that this would instill in our children a sense of history as well as an appreciation for the heritage of our family. The general plan is to preserve our most cherished fabric artworks for future generations by passing them down through the family.
As soon as we discovered this, we found that we were immediately confronted with the challenge of “how to hang them” on the wall. The first thing that came to light was the realization that we were not the only ones looking for creative ways to hang delicate clothing. When it came to the presentation of these works of art, we discovered many improper and improvised displays, all of which diminished the piece’s attractiveness and shortened its lifespan.
A recent study found that the United States produces more than 22 million quilts and other works of textile or fabric art every year. The production of these new or vintage textiles, as well as their storage and collection, have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. It is common practice to honor these works of art by displaying them in one’s home as if they were works of art in their own right. We require a displaying system that is “kind to the fabric” and “performed like a charm”!
There are a lot of interesting and creative ways that you can display and preserve the treasures you have made out of fabric. Converting used or brand-new items of clothing, jewelry, hats, gloves, uniforms, quilts, tapestry, and coverlets into works of art is a relatively straightforward process. Quilts, coverlets, and tapestries, in particular, are examples of precious textiles that date back centuries and are now recognized as significant cultural artifacts of social history.
They are a visual record of the home owner’s experience with the various facets of their life, including the physical, emotional, social, and political transitions that have occurred throughout their lives and the lives of their ancestors.
A safe place to store your quilts and other textiles is another thing to consider. Keep your pieces in clean, white cotton bags such as pillowcases so the fibers can get some air and remain in good condition. It’s possible that folding the textiles will result in ridges and streaks of unevenness that will ruin your expensive clothing. Make it a priority to ensure that your cherished textiles can withstand the test of time and will continue to be accessible to future generations well into the 21st century and beyond. Learn more about how to properly clean vintage quilts by reading this helpful guide.
Use the quilt to be a cabinet ‘soft’ door
Fabric artwork is a wonderful way to decorate your home, and it is a wonderful way to warm up a room.
When you are attaching the quilt to your cabinet, you will need to complete the inside channel (which is where the textile is displayed) in the same manner that you would finish the exterior of the unit in order to protect the quilt (Read more of my tips here). You can cover the unit in fabric, stain it and coat it with polyurethane, or paint it to coordinate with the rest of your woodwork or walls…
Decorate a room around a themed quilt
Textiles that have been passed down through generations in a family foster both a sense of historical awareness and an appreciation for the family’s heritage. During visits from children and grandchildren, it is beneficial to a child’s self-esteem to discuss the history of the maker with them because it reaffirms the importance of traditions and rituals that are important to families.
Make your quilt the focal point of the room by making it the theme. A room that has been tastefully embellished with cherished pieces of heirloom clothing, such as a quilt, several christening dresses, a baby hat, and baby booties… and the beaded purse and wedding dress that my grandmother wore – how inspirational!
Mix the old quilt with modern elements
Creating a space that allows for relaxation and introspection by blending new and old elements. A beautiful collage effect is produced as a result of the varying lengths and widths of the pieces.
It is also important to pay attention to the light source. Any room can have the perfect presentation as well as a focal point with the addition of spotlights with adjustable angles. While the quilt spotlight is installed in a bedroom, it is also capable of functioning as a reading light and display combination directly above a bed. As a point of reference, the lights in this image are made with Halogen bulbs that have a wattage of forty, and they reflect the light downward so that the entire textile is illuminated.
Display a quilt on a bedroom wall as a headboard
A quilt can serve as an excellent headboard if it is hung behind the bed.
This configuration also offers an excellent solution for the problem of covering unattractive walls.
If you want to display your most cherished clothing, you need to ensure that there is adequate air circulation so that the fabric can breathe and remain mold-free. It is suggested that the fabric hang at least an inch away from the wall. When displaying the textile, under no circumstances should you pierce it with foreign objects such as nails or thumbtacks, nor should you attach glue tabs to it. Aside from that, it is a good idea to keep quilts out of the direct sunlight. It is essential that the surface of the textile be shielded from the accumulation of dirt and dust.
Decorate a bed with a quilt
A well-balanced bedroom must prioritize comfort above all else.
Fabric artwork hung on the wall can give a space a more personal and inviting atmosphere. Nevertheless, a significant number of customers and designers face an ongoing challenge when it comes to preventing damage or alteration to the surface of the wall and the cloth fibers. If you are concerned about this issue and are unable to locate an appropriate hanging solution, you might want to consider covering your bed with a quilt.
Use the quilt as a room divider
The quilt can be used as a room divider that is not only comfortable and stylish, but also very interesting!
Fabric artworks have traditionally been difficult to exhibit, making it difficult for interior decorators and crafters alike.
The challenge of hanging artwork made of fabric, such as a quilt made by your grandmother or a small hanging you found at a craft show, without destroying it in the process of hanging it is one of the challenges of interior decorating.
The key is to hang the pieces of fabric in such a way that the tension is completely even across the top. Typically, quilters and fiber artists will sew “sleeves” on the back of the item along the top and then insert a rod through the opening they create.
Drape the quilt across the tables
Fabric art is a wonderful way to warm up a room and enjoy your precious textiles, and decorating your dining home with fabric art is a wonderful way to do both of those things. Make sure that you are not displaying an old quilt that is fragile if it is a table that is used frequently; alternatively, you could frame the old quilt and place it in a shadowbox, which you could then place in the center of the tables.
Sprawl the quilt over couches
Because of the amount of work that goes into creating quilts, you can never take enough precautions when it comes to displaying them. This is most likely the most effective way to “care for the quilts with tenderness.” Spread the quilt out over unused couches or the back of an antique chair. If someone needs to sit on the couch or chair, remove the quilt first (or make it clear that the couch or chair is for your quilt so that no one will sit on it).
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