Re: Period way to prevent fabric freying?
- It may not be quite as useful in linen, but I have enjoyed playing with
the technique mentioned in _Woven into the Earth_, which may be called
"singling" (my copy of the book is at home, so I'm relying on my less than
perfect memory for names), which the archaeologists didn't discover until
the light hit the stitches just right while they were examining the edges
of the fabric under the microscope.
If I recall correctly, that was worked on wool, and the stitching ran in
an undulating pattern along the edge of the fabric, effectively holding
the outermost thread both to the ones next to it, but also to the ones
which intersect it.
I tried this once on a nice herringbone twill wool I'd been given, and
then machine-washed and dried it before cutting out the tunic, and there
was no fraying whatsoever, despite the fact that before I did the
stitching the fabric looked like it would be easy to fray.
> Can someone suggest some period ways to prevent fabric freying?
> Normally I would use Freycheck.
> I am making a medieval underdress in linen.
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Heather Rose Jones
> Someone's already pointed you at my web article on seams insurviving
> period textiles. To summarize: seams in linen garments inperiod
> were overwhelmingly finished in such a way that there were no rawa
> edges. Methods could include flat felled seams, seams covered by
> "tape" with the edges folded under, or seams formed by turningeach
> edge into a rolled or turned "hem", and then overcasting the edgesof
> these hems together.Ah-ha! This is EXACTLY what I wanted to ask about. So glad that I
found this post the very day I joined this group (not long after
reading your article on seams, which I found useful, too). I'm
about to start work on a 5th-century "Roman-era Brit" tunic for a
friend, and this is NOT my usual period at all, so I don't know what
sort of seams -- and seam finishes -- are right. I prefer to finish
seams by folding each seam allowance over and hemming, but I don't
know if this is right, and as the friend in question has
specifically requested something of "Living History" quality (and I
am SO glad that someone finally wants that, instead of telling me
that I'm wasting my time when "zipping it together on a serger"
would do well enough, 'cause it won't!)... Anyway... Please, can
you tell me if hemming down each seam allowance is right for a 5th
century man's tunic, or should I do something else?