RE: [Authentic_SCA] Fulling gabardine
- Or-- try a detergent that changes the pH like Ivory soap does. Don't use
Ivory soap in the washer- it's a high suds product in a low suds machine.
The foam growing out of the machine and covering the floor is only a slight
exaggeration. :) Then use clean tennis balls in the dryer.
With the Lycra, I would be suspicious that it's a superwash. Plus, Lycra
will produce funky white "pills" when it's distressed.
Try it with a smallish piece of the fabric first. There are a lot of
variables that could make it disastrous.
BTW- "Solvent" isn't a good word for the processes of felting. Wool is a
protein fiber, or hair. If you take the example of the hair on our heads,
holding it at the bottom and stroking up will feel "sticky", down is smooth.
Wool is the same way. That "sticky" feeling is the scales on the hair that
all point in one direction (think shampoo commercials). Changing the pH up
to an alkaline (just like Ivory soap happens to be) opens up the scales so
that they grab on to each other as they slide past. Heat encourages the
process. Urine is alkaline, and easier to obtain that Ivory soap in period.
I saw what a fuller does on that show "worlds worst jobs", what you need is
a bucket of concentrated piss and some poor schmuck to stomp your material
into that piss.... or add some ammonia based cleaner to your washer. The
trick is that it has to be a solvent for the stuff in the material.
(insane because of headache....thinks they're trying to escape and it