Frequently asked questions
Yes! I use the terms reclaimed or upcycled to describe most of the fabrics that I work with. They are secondhand fabrics that I find at estate sales, thrift shops and online auctions. By purchasing second hand fabrics I am keeping them out of landfills and giving them new life. Using vintage fabrics also means there is less demand for new fabrics to be manufactured.
Are the vintage fabrics you work with clean?
Yes! I take great pride in making sure the vintage fabrics I work with are as like new as possible. My preperation procsss frequentlly includes soaking them for up to two days with a product called Retro Clean. It gently strips them of any fragrance or fabric softener that might have buit up on them over the years. After that they get washed in a hot water cycle with fragrance free hypoallergenic detergent, and then an extra hot water rinse.
Just vintage bed sheets?
That would be very limiting. I use many vintage fabrics, including cottons, feed sack cloth, repurposed apparel, upholstery fabrics.
Where can I find your work?
In addition to this website, my work can be found online at rosepettijohn.etsy.com.
Care and Cleaning
Blankets, pillows, quilts and burp cloths can all be machine washed in warm water with a mild detergent and then tumble dried. Snuggle often.