Which came first? The chicken or the egg? As far as fabric patterns go, that is a no contest question- the chicken! Take a look at some of the many chicken patterns we have had! Unfortunately, most are out of print.
When Brick House Fabrics first started we ran across a bolt of a Covington Fabric. It had a printed ticking stripe of red, on beige background with golden scritchy marks, rather like bits of straw, with a line drawn rooster in blue.
Little did we know that this seemingly simple fabric would have the universal appeal that it did. It was shipped literally around the world. I remember it going to Scotland, Poland, and Albania. It was also shipped to India, Israel, and everywhere in between. A lady in Rhode Island did a couch in it. People just loved it. But, like all fabrics it did come to an end, and it was a sad day when the last piece was finally shipped out.
Covington had with another rooster fabric. This one was scenic toile, with a French look. It was available in charcoal on cream and French blue on buttercream. It was woven as a matelasse, and had a deep cottony feel.
While well liked, these did not have the popularity of the chicken ticking stripe. But, it had a companion fabric of lace yardage, done in the same pattern, that was.
This lace was one of the most popular chicken fabrics ever! Everyone who decorated with roosters or chickens had to have it! While used for curtains, it was also used for over-lays on quilts.
Around this time we began to realize the power of the chicken, the universal love of roosters and chickens, and that people often decorated not just kitchens, but whole houses, with chicken and rooster fabrics. Below are some of the chicken and rooster fabrics we have had in the past.
Waverly’s very popular French look chicken toile fabric, La Petite Ferme, came in a multitude of colors, from black and white to almost every other combination one could think of!
Another very popular Waverly fabric was the Saison De Printemps. This combines a large colorful cock, with seasonal motifs, surrounding a medalion with a blue toile vignette of rooster and hen. It is a busy, colorful, pattern!
Another Waverly rooster fabric had the opposite design effect of Saison de Printemps. Still a toile fabric, the tailored black, white, and gold rooster pattern is severe in comparison… only the small gold frame around the squares softens the look.
A totally different rooster fabric came from Premier Prints. Slightly funky, not for everyone, it had its own unique charm!
Black and red roosters create a fun pattern.
P.Kaufmann and Braemore are known for their chicken and rooster fabrics. And over the years they have produced some very imaginative designs! Going way back to the late ’70’s or early’80’s, is the very retro rooster chicken fabric. It was done in harvest gold, avocado green, and copper, matching the colors of the ice boxes and stoves that were popular then. The scrolling grape vine is also reminiscent of kitchen decor at that time.
The retro chicken rooster fabric was a fun find. But, P.Kaufmann is known today for a more classic chicken and rooster fabric.
Later patterns moved to a French look, and most of them were done as toiles. This French look toile fabric has a colored cock and hen set against a toile background. The vignette is framed with a lattice of vines with seasonal flowers and fruit.
Looking very Provence, with the wide stripes and intertwining border around the chickens, is another P.Kaufmann fabric.
One of the most popular chicken toile patterns by P.Kaufmann was a French looking toile fabric. It had a large medalion featuring a country scene with chickens. Surrounding this were garlands, swags, and flowers. Gardening tools, and small blue birds completes the country look.
This came in a curry yellow, strawberry red, and a purple brown.
A companion fabric with small chickens, on the same stippled background, was also popular.
Leaving the rooster toile look for a bit, P. Kaufmann came out with this pattern of milk glass chickens. A whimsical delight, it still had a slight French flavor with the wandering vine, and the stylized Provence flower at the vine’s intersections.
P.Kaufmann’s latest chicken rooster fabric left France behind. It was aligned with the Farmhouse Style of decorating as it incorporated chicken wire into the pattern. It featured a background with a toile design of a farm, with pieces of chicken wire. Here and there are large colored hens and roosters, with very cute small chickens following them around. They look as if they are asking questions! It came in yellow, blue, and teal, and also had a small companion print.
The blue was the most popular color for us, but the use of teal, olive green, and wheat made the teal colorway very intersting.
The yellow colorway was called “Yolk”!
The companion print to the blue chicken wire chicken fabric was red.
The color was called “Tractor”. Someone down there has a sense of humor!
A rooster fabric found on a buying trip had a more country homespun feel, rather than the farmhouse look. It was a reverse toile of pale tan design on black. A half wreath of grasses and leaves frames a small vignette with a rooster being followed by a single, very cute, small chick. A rustic barn is in the background.
Kingsway had a chicken fabric that was perfect for the Farmhouse Style of decorating. Large roosters were positioned on a fabric that had been printed to look like denim!
Waverly also had a fabric that incorporated chicken wire into the design. But, this woven pattern was not the normal country rooster fabric. The woven in chicken wire pattern was slightly raised from the background weave of narrow stripes, giving depth to the fabric. The roosters were brocaded. All together, the combination with the rich depth of color and sheen of the woven fabric combined to make this a unique, sophisticated rooster fabric.
Another woven fabric had the appearance of a toile. It had a black and beige design of large roosters.
Another woven upholstery weight fabric had the look of a painting by an old master. Roosters and hens blend with the background of earth, stones, and grasses.
It seems that every company has produced a rooster or chicken toile fabric. Some have a classic toile pattern, others go for a more elaborate look.
Stroheim & Romann’s rooster toile was the former. A half wreath of flowers forms the base for a classic French vignette. The color is unique for today- a deep true green, versus the more usual yellow green or sage tone, sets this apart.
Pierre Deux’s rooster toile fabric in blue has the effect of a scene at the edge of a river or pond. The oak leaf swags with acorns add structure, the circles with acorns and daisies add interest.
Schumacher also had a rooster toile fabric. Based on classical elements this has many different motifs. A handprint, it is filled with many details, and lots of color!
It really never struck me until recently, when some French rooster fabrics arrived, that none of the chicken fabrics incorporated into the pattern the egg! Roosters, yes. Hens, yes. Chicks, yes.
But, not an egg in sight!
One of the new French rooster fabrics does have eggs! And feathers! Available in tan or purple, it is embellished with plaid and paisley details, for a unique look.
While the above are not all of the chicken or rooster toile fabrics we have had had, they show the range of chicken and rooster fabrics that companies have produced.
Today, chicken and rooster fabrics are as popular as ever. Whether for a country home, a French cottage, or even used in a sophisticated apartment- if you love rooster or chicken fabrics there is one for you.
We look for, and continue to bring in new chicken and rooster fabrics. So, check for current patterns in the
Origin: Saturday, 18 February 2012 23:07