- Greetings Good Gentiles,
I am thinking about doing an applique on wool fabric of wool felt as a
way to get a complex image onto the wool without spending the next 500
years trying to get through the embroidery work. Does a felt applique
seem feasible? Will the garment be washable if both are 100% wool?
Will it be likely to be colorfast?
Your incredible experience and expertise is so appreciated.
Marsail inghen Andrais
- Ann Morton wrote:
> Greetings Good Gentiles,I'd be inclined to use a tightly woven wool fabric rather than a felt,
> I am thinking about doing an applique on wool fabric of wool felt as a
> way to get a complex image onto the wool without spending the next 500
> years trying to get through the embroidery work. Does a felt applique
> seem feasible? Will the garment be washable if both are 100% wool?
> Will it be likely to be colorfast?
and wash and dry it several times on high first. That will felt the
fibers around the woven core, making it much more durable than a pure
felt - and also provide information about colorfastness.
(Some wools are colorfast, others aren't - the question doesn't work in
the abstract. But almost anything will stop running eventually if you
keep washing it, and salt and Epsom Salts may speed the process.)
The same advice applies to the ground fabric as well as to the design -
if it changes size or color, it'll wreck the applique just as fast as
the applique would wreck the garment if it proved unstable.
Modern fabric finishes rarely survive washing perfectly - that's why
everything is labeled "dry clean only." But I figure the change just
makes the fabric look more like a period cloth; I'm convinced that
modern finishing techniques woulda been regarded as fraudulent.
Of course, if I felt like cheating, I might be inclined to go for a
suedecloth or dense velour. Grossly out of period, but apt to sit tight
and look great....
Hilary of Serendip
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