Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guten Tag!

Hee hee - sorry for the play on words, but "Tag, you're it!" was already taken.  :D

If you follow the link above, you'll see that I've already written about my love of vintage clothes tags.  Here's an item that's mostly a thing of the past, and will continue to become more rare as time moves on.  So many companies are going "tagless" - it's less costly and also less itchy.  :D

I got myself in "trouble" last week by innocently searching keywords on Ebay.  C'mon, Ephemeraologists, 'fess up!  I know you do this too!  You're on Etsy or Ebay, and a word strikes you, so you have to see what's available - PLEASE don't tell me I'm the only one who does this!  Anyway, this particular day I wondered what was out there in the way of tags.  And once I started, I couldn't stop:


Aren't these fantastic?  Most are from one seller on Ebay but I did get a few of these on Etsy as well.  I love them all!  They do make me a tad melancholy when I'm reminded that at one time, in the not-so-distant past, clothes were actually manufactured in North America.  Imagine that!  Aside from American Apparel and some micro-companies, I can't think of a single place whose clothes are all made here in the US or Canada.   How sad.

Thankfully, someone had the wherewithal to hold onto these babies!  I love how diverse the tags are.  Those rooster ones stopped me in my tracks - I HAD to have them.  Thankfully, I was the only bidder (you mean other people aren't weird like me and collecting old clothes tags?!) so they were mine for a song.


Because I've exclaimed my love for these before, you may wonder WHY I'm so obsessed again.  Well, I got this idea, probably from overdosing on Pinterest (I know some of you know what I'm talking about!).  If I can collage with paper, why can't I collage with fabric?

"The Merrymakers" by Mel Kolstad

I made this with some of my old tags, some vintage iron-on transfers for embroidery patterns, and a rubber stamp "2", which I embroidered over.  :D  I'm not a sewer by any stretch of the imagination, so I used fusible webbing to attach the tags.  I also added a few lines of stitches to round it out.  It's being framed as we speak.  :D

I had a lot of fun creating this.  I bought those tags in the hope of doing more, in different colors and configurations.  I may even make a series out of it!   

How about you, my lovely readers?  Do you have any fabric tags laying around the house?  If so, I hope I've inspired you to use them in a different way!  And if you do create something with them, let me know!





2 comments:

  1. Oh, very nice, Mel! Cloth tags ad an extra element of one of my favorite things...texture!

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    1. Thanks Kristi! Texture is great - and they're visually interesting, too! :D

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