I think the oldest fabric in the group is this red woven wool which was in a box with some other upholstery scraps and a receipt dated September 1926. The color and weave brought to mind ancient South American textiles....
......like the one I sketched when I visited the "Wari: Lords of the Andes" exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum in Aug 2013.
Referencing the photo in the exhibition catalog, I pulled together the other fabrics to complete the color palette.
the main idea was to showcase the pattern and weave of the red wool.
thinking of a color-blocked composition like Hans Hofmann 's painting "Elysium"
The blue wool plaid reminded me of Japanese boro textiles , like this jacket
and since I wanted to use up some scraps that were already in strips, I sewed them, along with other darker cotton scraps onto an old bed sheet.
Then I cut that textile into strips...
and sewed those strips in layers to make a textile. The white sheet pops through in places and accentuates lines and texture.
the scrap of digital print silk was added just before I sewed the pillow together.
Here, the right and wrong side of the curtain fabric are sewn together to make a new pattern. The matrix of raised, stitched lines is the result of sewing with a double needle. The curtain fabric is old and tears easily in places; sewing it onto a lining not only reinforces it, but creates another texture, a map-like effect, which I really like.