RE: [Authentic_SCA] Re: Textile conservation
- Actually (as the original poster) I would never trust my silks to a
storage facility. A family friend lost a fortune in antiques (stored
during a move) to a leaky roof. No, I am thinking of my own shed in my
own yard, all critter-proof and watertight.
> Is there anyone on this list with textile conservation experience?Okay, I got some more info.
> I am trying to work out options for storing silks and other textiles
> in my sewing fabric stash. I am looking at a very limited storage
> situation and wondering if airtight storage in an unheated structure
> is detrimental to fibers?
You don't want to use airtight storage. You need air circulation.
The recommended RH (relative humidity) is 50%. You absolutely want to
avoid any chance of condensation. I think you can use silica gel to
get that RH, but the specifics are in my books at home.
Cold storage is good for textiles (and furs). It keeps buggies from
living in the stuff. I found a recommendation of 15 C to 25 C, but I'd
like to check my books. Avoid fluctuation in temperatures.
Good storage materials are polypropylene, polyethylene, ethafoam,
unbuffered acid free paper or tissue.
again, Morwenna desn't know from this stuff.
><G> thanks, got it. Only recently, and the file system's been aI have about 15 60 gal tubs of fabric, and I try to keep
>lifesaver; I can rummage through cards fingering samples, rather than
>upending tubs and wading through the ensuing mountain.
them sorted so there is no need to search through the all tubs.
One for colored linen, one for white, one for period colored
cotton (now probably destined for gold key garb)
one for silk and wool. Others for modern fabrics.
One for next few projects.
On trick I've found, is to place the fabric vertically in
the box, not flat. Stand the bin on end, and stack
the fabric, with the last fold facing out. Then browsing
through the bin is like looking through a file cabinet, and
you can take out the piece you want without disturbing
the rest. It only works when the boxes are pretty full,
but that doesn't seem to be a problem.
- Wow! And I thought I had a lot. The on-end idea is a good one. I'd
actually thought of it *after* the project was done. I'll reorganize
soon and change it. I sew by inspiration and choose fabrics tactile-ly
as well as by sight, so having the edges poking up would save a lot of
trouble. I'd also thought of an actual file-cabinet for fabric. Each
fiber type gets a drawer ( or several) and each piece gets a hanging
Madinia (organized someday...)
- At 08:50 AM 11/4/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Wow! And I thought I had a lot. The on-end idea is a good one. I'dSince my purchase method is "10 yards or the rest of the bolt, whichever
>actually thought of it *after* the project was done. I'll reorganize
>soon and change it. I sew by inspiration and choose fabrics tactile-ly
>as well as by sight, so having the edges poking up would save a lot of
>trouble. I'd also thought of an actual file-cabinet for fabric. Each
>fiber type gets a drawer ( or several) and each piece gets a hanging
>Madinia (organized someday...)
comes first, and if the end of the bolt is pretty close, throw that in,
too" many of my pieces are pretty bulky. I don't think a file-cabinet
would be practical for me. I too like that on-edge method.
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- Ah. Saris and silks are a bit more compact, easily folding to file
(although thick) size.. Wools and cottons are another matter and would
take more space.
I tend to but in 5 or 8 yard pieces, depending on whether the piece is
for a kirtle (5), or gown (8+). Or <shrug> to supplement a sari, which
isn't quite enough for a gown without more fudging than I care to do.
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>Wow! And I thought I had a lot.I've culled it several times, but it seems to keep growing anyway.
When I was in college I worked in a fabric store. Later a job was a
short walk away from a couture fabric store, I spent more time and
money than I should of in that place. Except for garb, I don't sew
that much any more, but sometimes I just can't resist buying
At the old house I had a closet with shelves for my fabric and
fibers, but not nearly the space here at the new apartment. And all
the linen that I bought a year ago at Pennsic is still missing in the
storage locker. :(
- I worked in a fabric store when I was in Columbus, a Joanne's. I was
too clueless to buy the good stuff so what I have from back then is
pretty much junk that I'm sloooly culling. My main stash is silk and
some wool and a lovely figured velvet that was extremely tacky drapes
but will be reborn in splendor as a ropa.
I sew the occasional formalwear (less since divorce!) and going-out
outfit and garb and that's it.
Unfortunately I am a total sucker for silks. I can't *not* buy them.
Then I take them home and revel in them. A new sari usually lives on my
bed for a day or two. Heaven help me in India! I *know* I'm gonna
amaze customs with what I bring back.
And than I'll be toast for storage, because each sari is a very personal
thing for me and I could never give them up.
- Can anyone point me in the right direction to research/document the use of
sugar-glass and sugar-paste in food/subtleties?
Thanks in advance,
Barony of Forgotten Sea
- Talia wrote:
> Can anyone point me in the right direction to research/document the use ofStart with Stefan's Florilegium at http://florilegium.org/ ... I know he
> sugar-glass and sugar-paste in food/subtleties?
hangs out on the sca-cooks list and collects the best articles from
there, so if you find the sugar-paste articles you should find some good
references to get you started.
But, in short, just about any 16th century cookbook is going to have
recipes for one or the other :)
Lady Katherine Rowberd (mka Kirrily "Skud" Robert)
Caldrithig, Skraeling Althing, Ealdormere
"The rose is red, the leaves are grene, God save Elizabeth our Queene"
- Bogdan is tied up in the lab right now but he wanted me to tell you:
Tell them to look in the archives.
Or in the florelegium.
Or Hugh Platt's Delight for Ladies.
Despina de la sorry I can't help more
- Despina said:
Or Hugh Platt's Delight for Ladies.
I uploaded a file from the 1602 edition of Delights for Ladies (image 16)
that has a nice long sugar plate recipe. In case anyone cares, I found it
- Hi Marsha,
Use silicagel packs if you expect any humidity. Plastic tubs work well, use acid-free
tissue if you need to separate heavily dyed pieces. store tubs up off the ground.