29536Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Wool-buying advice
- Feb 28, 2003On 2/28/03 8:47 PM, andrea@... wrote:
>> Wool suiting probably looks too modern. It's appropriate forToo late for me, though. =) I'm looking at the late 13th century.
>> some uses and not others. If you're not sure, don't buy it.
> This is a good point. I've been told by "those in the know" that
> worsted is period for Elizabethan and other late period garments.
>> The wool most like medieval wool is called "flannel" by modernI hadn't thought of flannel--largely because I associate it with warm
>> fabric stores.
> The problem with most modern wool flannels that I've seen is that
> they're too thick for things like gowns or tunics. Many are
> heavyweight or coat weight. The flannel would be perfect if you can
> find light weight.
winter clothing. I'll look for lightweight flannel at the local store;
I definately did not find it online just now. Although having just
done an internet search I now wonder what the connection is between
flannel and castor oil.
On second thought, no I don't. If you know, don't tell me. =)
As for fulling, I don't think it's in the budget. According to "Daily
Life in Chaucer's England" fulling involves lots of hand-kneading in
cold water, followed by stretching it on a special frame to hold down
shrinkage. The result can also be achieved by throwing the fabric in
the wash with a pair of old sneakers, but the shrinkage is about 60%.
I don't have that kind of time or money.
Margaret de Greyve
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