29529Re: Wool-buying advice
- Feb 28, 2003--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Marian Llynn Hilliard
> Having learned the hard way not to use synthetic fabric forgarb, I am
> shopping around for wool, and I find myself quite bewilderedby all
> the variety. Wool jersey, wool suiting, merino, gabardine,some
> worsted....If anyone who knows more about fabric can offer
> advice, I would be very grateful.Hi Marian,
Here's the short story on wool. For period clothing, avoid wool
jersey like the Plague! It's a knit (not woven) fabric and that
makes it inappropriate for clothing in the period under study.
People knit later in the SCA period, but the "knitting machine" that
was invented in Elizabeth I's reign never really got going until the
early 18th century. So do NOT buy jersey.
Wool suiting probably looks too modern. It's appropriate for
some uses and not others. If you're not sure, don't buy it.
The wool most like medieval wool is called "flannel" by modern
fabric stores. It's a woolen (not worsted) twill weave that washed
up beautifully and fulls so that you can cut it without worrying
about ravelling. This wool is appropriate for hosen, gowns, etc.
There's almost nothing this type of wool isn't appropriate for.
Much of the textiles described in the MOL book "Dress and
Accessories" conform to this type.
Just make sure that what you're buying is 100% wool. Many
fabric stores don't know their own stock. Ask if you can burn test
a swatch. If it bubbles or drips at all, don't waste your money.
I hope this helps,
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