In the 18th century they were definitely using a solution of gum
arabic touched to the cut edges of all those pinked ruffles of the
period. It is colourless so it won't stain white or light coloured
silks. Hide glues are usually somewhere between pale gold and brown,
which is fine for dark fabrics. I suspect they used what gave the
best results for the fabric they were working with. One of the suits
in Janet Arnold has touches of black wax on the cut edges of velvet
panes. The wax would be more flexible than glue or gum, perhaps, and
keep the pile from shedding off the cuts. There's a reference from
Shakespear (I think?) about "fretting like a gummed velvet" which
could also refer to a flocked fabric, but is very evocative of a not
very pleasant effect. 8-)
--- In SCA-Garb@yahoogroups.com
, "Aspasia Moonwind" <Aspasia2K1@m...>
> >I believe Jen Thompson deals with that in her Venetian Gown Diary.
> Yes. They used fish glue. Another way is to cut out the design,
> the glue.
> > > My question is: How did they treat the silk prior to
slashing so it
> > > would not unravel? I understand how you can felt the wool a bit
> >I have
> > > been very puzzled for a while about how this was done with silk.
> >Can anyone
> > > enlighten me?
> > >
> > > By the way Bice, did I do OK with trimming the email etc.?
> > >
> > > Lurking and Loving it, Beverly
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