Re: [SCA Newcomers] I need a better punching tool.
----- Original Message -----
From: Adrienne R. Ferrell
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 5:56 AM
Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] I need a better punching tool.
At 11:13 PM 12/29/2004, you wrote:
>Those are very pretty! Do they hold up to wear (my hook and eyes seem to
>fall out often)?
>"Adrienne R. Ferrell" <aferrell@...> wrote:
>Congratulations on your new bodice. I have to admit I am lousy with
>grommets. One or two always go "wonky " on me. Here's a link to what I use
>They are easy to sew on and look
>great. Oh, these are really nice at the shoulder for adding
>tie on sleeves.
May I add, you can also buy some very nice quality grommets from Thorny Rose--the last time I bought some, they were seven dollars per GROSS, including shipping. I now use hand-stitched eyelets on clothing for myself, but I use grommets from Thorny Rose on the garb I sell.
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- bronwynmgn@... wrote:
> In a message dated 1/1/2005 5:56:52 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,Ok, I have a couple of grommets that came out of my bodice (bad
> aferrell@... writes:
> <<For either one, I really would suggest
> stabilizing the area they are going. Most patterns have this in their
> instructions. This is usually done with interfacing. It makes it a
> little harder to go through the extra layers if you are using grommets,
> but is worth the extra effort in the longevity of your garment.>>
> In period, one of the more common methods for making lacing holes was
> to do
> handsewn eyelets. Interestingly, the area where these were to be
> placed was
> also stabilized, based on surviving scraps and pieces of clothing from
> period. The area where the eyelets were to be sewn would be faced
> with a piece
> of silk, and the eyelets worked through both whatever the garment
> was and the silk. Silk being a rather strong fabric, it works quite
> effectively. Something else that helps with keeping the holes from
> ripping out is,
> rather than punching a hole in the fabric, using a dull awl or
> similar tool to
> pass between the fibers of the weave and stretch a hole open. Since you
> haven't cut any fibers, the hole is less likely to fray or rip open
> whereas cutting the fibers produces a weak spot in the fabric.
grommets! no biscuit!) and I don't know how to fix them. The hole is
huge, but I do have some of the original fabric, and, strangely enough,
some silk, although not in the same color. How can I fix this? I assume
it's going to involve a lot of hand-sewing, especially since I want to
also cover the other grommets to match. (This will be quite a challenge,
since my hand-sewing skills are horrendous, and I have the patience of a
cat waiting for a bath.... in other words, I'd rather be doing almost
anything BESIDES hand-sewing.) Any suggestions?
Shire of Greyhope, Constellation, Middle Kingdom
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