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Here's a neat color site.
I think the colors are
truest of all the color
lists out there:
www.ibdguy.com/colors.shtml
 
and another one!
http://chir.ag/projects/name-that-color/#6195ED

 

Class Act Fabrics is taking a sabbatical. The few wools I have listed here are all I have. I'm back in school and won't have time for anything else right now.

       Class Act Fabrics .....Wools...
Fabricmonger to the Crowns of the West Kingdom, SCA

    Pure wool fabric is getting harder to come by. And fabrics labeled 100% wool, or 100% cotton, or 100% linen nowadays sometimes have a smidgen of lycra in them. sigh.
I do my best to get 'unadulterated' fabrics for my historical costumers but the costs of those, when I can find them, are getting very, very high.  And some wools are just so beautiful even though they have 5-15% nylon or polyester in them. Unless you are going to be entering a '100% wool contest', or be in a juried encampment, or are an extreme authenticity police person, well.... sometimes that little bit of nylon or poly doesn't hurt. Actually, nylon is used in most coatings now for stability: elbows budge less, knees don't sag, coats hold their shape longer....and 'usually' (watch that disclaimer) the wool doesn't shrink or doesn't shrink more than 3-4% if you don't put it in the dryer. (always test before you sew, and pre-treat it the way you will be cleaning it afterwards because the surface will sure as shootin' change)
    So, if isn't really mandatory that you use 100% pure wool, check out the blends.

      Medieval textiles in London excavations have  been found with thread counts comparable to today's wools: coarse cloth at 7 warp threads/8 weft threads per centimeter, fine cloth with 25 warp/36 weft per cm, comparable to merino, and everything in between; twill and tabby weaves, and checked, solid, striped and barred (rays) patterns created by both color and weave structure; mixed cloth of different fibers........just like what's on the market now!

    One thing that will always stymie the re-enactor is the difference in finishing fabrics between 'now' and 'then'. Since the last quarter of the 1800s, fleece wool has been treated to a carbonization process to get rid of the plant debris. This involves dipping in acid. The surface of the wool fiber is affected as well as the plant material and the care and timing of the process determines how much it is affected.
     (You can get yarn, and I think fabric, too, that hasn't been carbonized at special stores on the internet. I think you must search for 'natural wool'. )
     Another thing that is a real pain is that fabrics weaves go out of style and come back with a different name. Or the same name is stuck on a  different fabric. So the bengaline of yesteryear (silk warp, wool weft) has become a pure silk fabric today. The linen/wool fabric today is more likely to have the linen and wool blended together in one thread than to have the pure linen warp and pure woolen weft.
The fibers have all been cut to 'machine manageable' lengths so there are no long fiber worsteds comparable to those of the hand-spun industry. sigh.  That's not all but I think I'll save that for an information page later...when I get "a round toit".

    I've done my best with the colors but it appears that there are colors seen by the eye that don't exist in reality. sigh.

All fabric is 100% wool unless otherwise labeled.



click on fabric picture to enlarge for details (colors show best when enlarged)

#1251

54", 55% wool/ 45% cotton
VYELLA !!!
Tabby weave, lovely feel! My jobber found some of this wonderful fabric from the 90's and I got it!

COOL BROWN

$13.50/yard

#1252

54", 55% wool/ 45% cotton
VYELLA !!!
Tabby weave, lovely feel! My jobber found some of this wonderful fabric from the 90's and I got it!

MEDIUM BROWN

$13.50/yard

#1253

54", 55% wool/ 45% cotton
VYELLA !!!
Tabby weave, lovely feel! My jobber found some of this wonderful fabric from the 90's and I got it!

WARM BROWN

$13.50/yard


#1249

54", 55% wool/ 45% cotton
VYELLA !!!
Tabby weave, lovely feel! My jobber found some of this wonderful fabric from the 90's and I got it!

BURGUNDY

$13.50/yard

#1250

54", 55% wool/ 45% cotton
VYELLA !!!
Tabby weave, lovely feel! My jobber found some of this wonderful fabric from the 90's and I got it!

CAMEL

$13.50/yard


     

 

 

 


   

#1211
60" 80% wool 20% ANGORA
PLUSH? no...
ZIBELLINE !!
Have you ever felt an ermine or sable pelt? Or petted a beaver skin? This is the closest thing I've felt to those two. It is magnificent! The pile just invites petting by even the least fabric-addicted person. The dense, soft backing and the silky pile are fabulous! also spelled 'zibeline'.
Black

This fabric retails for over $100 according to my sourcces... but I got "an offer I couldn't refuse" and had to get it so I could offer it for

$50.00/yd

#1209
 60" 100% worsted wool SATEEN
A wonderful find! This is very hard to get. A wonderful satin weave makes this wool shine like satin. Perfect for jackets, structured outfits...and 18th century mens wear!!!! Imported from Switzerland.
BLACK

$25.00/yd

#1210
 60" 100% worsted wool SATEEN
A wonderful find! This is very hard to get. A wonderful satin weave makes this wool shine like satin. Perfect for jackets, structured outfits...and 18th century mens wear!!!! Imported from Switzerland.
DARK BROWN

$25.00/yd

#1244

60" 100% worsted wool
SATEEN weave
A wonderful find! This is very hard to get. A wonderful satin weave makes this wool shine like satin. Perfect for jackets, structured outfits...and 18th century mens wear.

Not as 'shiney' as the imported from Switzerland worsted above.

PLUM

$13.50/yard



 

#1064
59" 100% superfine worsted
with lycra
tabby weave tropical weight suiting
mixed grays
$8.00/yd

 

 

   


     
     


   

   
     

 

 

 

     


 

 


 





 
 

     
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