To cut or not to cut?

Always on the lookout for interesting textiles, I scrounge yard sales, auctions and thrift stores for great finds.  When an item is damaged in some way, it is an easy decision to recreate it into something else.  But when it is pristine and still has a life as originally intended, that is when the moral dilemma begins.

Here are some examples of when it went well.  First, a fun wrap skirt with stretched out elastic.  Would have been a simple enough fix, but this is better.

Mod Purse
Once a raincoat with decidedly 80s styling.  Again, this is better.
Rainy Day Purse
This one was hard.  A gorgeous round tablecloth in perfect condition.  But I could never have found fabric like this elsewhere.
The Victorian Parlor Purse
The one I could not cut.  Found this at the local auction.  Originally bought it for a one of a kind purse.  I have always been a sucker for velvet and this is an amazing collection of luscious soft warmth.  I feel like I should be arrested if I cut it up!
So, here we are at the question of the day.  Do I or don’t I?  Not sure where this vintage bedspread came from or what the intention is for my having it.  But it melds perfectly with this set of vintage handles.  Well, maybe not the yellow ones.  These have been floating around for years and never quite found the right fabric.  It is amazing that this woven works so well for all of them!
Photo: Always struggle if I should cut up a vintage item that is in good condition, but this time it is easy.  The bedspread is the perfect fabric for these amazing vintage handles.  Love how it picks up every color!

4 thoughts on “To cut or not to cut?

  1. Square One Studio

    If you think you’ll find a place and use for this quilt in your home, don’t cut and honor it that way. If you can’t see that happening realistically, honor it by cutting and it giving it multiple new lives. It might have gone the way of the trash bin if you didn’t rescue it in the first place. If you cut and make purses, it will live on.

    1. spongeadmin Post author

      Wise words! I have given up pieces that I regret, but have never regretted cutting. When it is right, it works well. Another time to trust the instincts. The bed spread is already in pieces. Excited about that! I have no idea how to really incorporate the velvet piece into my life, but I do love it as it is. I love velvet. Especially in these colors!

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