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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

 

Please forgive the appearance of my website as I change from FrontPage softwear to Dreamweaver software. There are a lot of weird things happening here.... Thank you for your patience!

 

       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.



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#1254

60" 96% wool/ 4% poly GAUZE weight tabby weave wool with a bit of crepe texture.
A fine wool gauzy fabric that is perfect for veils, scarves, and Roman garb!

Spruce Green
$15.00/yard

#1226

58", 95%wool/ 5%poly GAUZE weight tabby weave wool.with a bit of crepe texture.
A fine wool gauzy fabric perfect for veils, scarves, and Roman garb!

Olive green
$11.50/yard



#1050
59" Alpaca
thick, plush and wonderfully soft!
This fulls in hot water and agitation (approximately 31% shrinkage in the warp and 23% in the weft.) so dry cleaning is the best idea. (the fulled wool makes wonderful slippers and insoles ;-)
MINT on one side, PALE MINT on other side
$18.00/yd


#1154
60" 100% worsted wool, light-weight gabardine (twill shows only on one side)

This is a light gabardine that has a lovely look and feel and makes such nice suits!
This jpeg should be a bit lighter... and ignore the peach highlights.
Slate green is so hard to define... what exactly is the green that's on a slate?  Hmm.... well, this one is a medium grey with a green hinted quality. As I was draping it I noticed the rich sheen. This wouldn't be for all skin tones but it is lovely!
Slate Green

$13.75/yd


#1108
58" 100% woolen
From Carleton Woolen Mills which closed a couple years ago.
A beautiful soft wool. When I washed a piece in cold water and hung it to dry it had 7% shrinkage in the warp and 6% in the weft. This could be from the way I hung it to dry.
Navy

$13.45/yd

 


#1155
60" 100% worsted wool, light-weight gabardine
This is a light gabardine that has a lovely feel and makes such nice suits!
This color is a little dark but when I tried to lighten it, the color changed...drat. So imagine this a tiny bit lighter and with no peach highlights. My jobber calls it
Blue Aqua

$13.75/yd


#1159
60" 100% worsted twill
This is another one I bought to fill out the 'browns'...and found to my delight a lovely hand and magnificent sheen! This was called cinnamon. I thought ...hmmph..not enough warm tone in it... Then I looked at all my cinnamons and found that although my stick cinnamon had that tone, my ground cinnamons didn't! So this is 
....Ground Cinnamon
(not McCormick's spices ground cinnamon....it's closer to Vietnamese cinnamon...no red! a lovely light brown)
$13.75/yd

#1144
61" 100% wool coating
VERY nice...This is a woven woolen that has been felted. (different from a wool felt which isn't woven first)
A lovely Italian wool.

Twilight Grey

$18.50/yd

 


#1066
60"  100% wool
 fine satin-weave twill suiting.
almost a sateen finish, I'd venture a guess that this could be Venetian Cloth.
lovely browns with a gray tone
$8.00/yd
about 4 yards left


#1169
60"  Imported Shetland wool from Uruguay. 100% wool.
A beautiful soft, cushy, fluffy,  cuddle-up and feel pampered, type of woolen.
It would make the most wonderful shawl. Underneath the soft thick nap I think its a tabby weave.
This is made of unbleached, undyed Shetland wool in shades of dark off-white and light brown. I guess you might call it
oatmeal.
about 1 1/2 yards left...
$
21.50/yd
 


#
1158
60" 100% worsted twill suiting
A LOVELY piece of wool! The color I think is taupe...not khaki, not tan, not gray... it caught several reflections from the lights but those aren't really there. The hand on this is fabulous for suits and light jackets! It was a big surprise to me as I was draping it on 'Susie Q'. Here I bought this only to fill out some colors only to find a great fabric in its own right!
Taupe
$13.75/yd


 

#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


#1156
60" 100% worsted wool, light-weight gabardine (twill shows only on one side)

This is a light gabardine that has a lovely feel and makes such nice suits!
Looks great, too.
Navy Blue

$13.75/yd


#1136
60" 100% wool coating
This coating is a bit lighter than the others I got this year....not thin, just a bit lighter. As most of the others, a twill with one side lightly brushed.
I call it
Frosty Berry
because it looks like a ripe raspberry fresh off the bush. (get a swatch, really)
$14.50/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



#1170
60"  Imported Shetland wool from Uruguay. 100% wool.
A beautiful soft, cushy, fluffy,  cuddle-up and feel pampered, type of woolen.

This one is softer, drape-ier, and more cuddly than #1169 (above) with a bit looser weave, and you can see the twill weave structure on the backside.
All I can think of is one of those soft, unstructured wraps or soft drape coats like a big oversized cardigan. LUSCIOUS!
This is made of unbleached, undyed Shetland wool in shades of dark off-white and light brown. I guess you might call it
oatmeal.
$21.50/yd.
about 3 1/2 yards left

#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


#1171
60" 100% woolen
from Uruguay. A medium weight herringbone twill woolen.

Very nice drape and a flexible woolen.
Lovely color...blue-grey warp and a black weft that looks a bit tweedy. It looks like
dark charcoal with a subtle blue tone.
$21.50/yd.
about 8 yards left

#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


#1143
56" 100% woolen coating
A tabby weave that looks more coarse than the other woolens I got at the same time. Interesting.
Black

$14.50/yd  


#1139
100% wool coating
a very nice medium weight woolen coating from Uruguay.
I did a gentle cold wash, hang dry on this wool and the shrinkage was about 6%. (your results, of course, will vary according to gentleness, water temp, how you shake it out before drying, etc, etc, etc.
Corn Silk Tan
$14.50/yd


#1061
59" 100% superfine worsted
with lycra, tropical weight
tabby weave suiting
tan
$8.00/yd


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


#179
60" 100% worsted wool sateen

a luscious suiting with browns and blue and other furtive colors woven together.
browns with blue hint
$8.25/yd
about 2  yards 16 inches left


#1148
60" 100% worsted wool
a really nice twill suiting, very fine and summer weight.

The color...drat.. ignore the peach highlights and right side of the shot. This is a light corn yellow.

Maize
$13.75/yd


#1157
60" 100% worsted wool, light-weight gabardine (twill shows only on one side)
This is a light gabardine that has a lovely feel and makes such nice suits!
The color...hmph!....Ignore the peach highlights... lighten the color a little bit.
This was labeled 'SAGE' by the manufacturer. And it really is...if  you look at the dusty grey with a memory of  cool green in it and remember what the herb looks like. I tried lightening the picture and lost the green tone. This is really a pretty fabric so if you like 'sage' color it would do you well to get a swatch.
$13.75/yd


#1150
60" 100% worsted wool
a really nice twill suiting, very fine with body, a sheen that is glorious. Take a close look at this one!
It does look like cocoa powder.

Cocoa
$13.75/yd




 

#1164
60" 100% worsted wool
A lightweight gabardine perfect for summer suiting, dresses, tunics, undergowns, etc.
Dark Chocolate
(
a TRUE dark chocolate...a cool dark brown)
$13.75/yd


#1152
60" 100% worsted wool, light-weight gabardine (twill shows only on one side)

This is a light gabardine that has a lovely feel and makes such nice suits! It was labeled  Straw Gold....  Theresa and I call it
Honey Mustard
$13.75/yd


#1161
60" 100% worsted wool
this is a twill suiting worsted wool with more body than a light gabardine or summer suiting.
Just the weight for a spring or fall lightweight gown or promenade ensemble  (or dress, as the millennium suits you ;) Excellent for a fall tunic (or suit jacket....) when there's just a bit of nip in the air.

Navy blue
$
13.75/yd 

 

 


#1165
60" 100% worsted wool
this is a light-weight flannel that has the worsted wool feel, a little brushed/flannel feel that gives it more body than a light gabardine or summer suiting.
Just the weight for a spring or fall lightweight gown or promenade ensemble  (or dress, as the millennium suits you ;) Excellent for a fall tunic (or suit jacket....) when there's just a bit of nip in the air.
This is a nice milk chocolate.

Chocolate
$
13.75/yd 


#1166
60" 100% wool
Melton Cloth.  A beautiful, dense but flexible woolen that is perfect for structured jackets.
And this just 'happens' to be the perfect color for a Civil War era coat...

Light Grey

$19.85/yd


#1167
60" 100% wool
Melton Cloth.  A beautiful, dense but flexible woolen that is perfect for structured jackets.
And this just 'happens' to be the perfect color for a Civil War era coat...

Dark Grey

$19.85/yd

#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


#1091
60"  100% twill woolen flannel suiting
a fine, soft, smooth finish in a pretty 'tweedy' look with very subdued windowpane.
Grays with brown & blue 'panes'
$9.00/yd

about 6 yards left


#1118
60" 100% wool crepe
A lovely hand and drape and a luscious rich color.
Wool crepe makes very nice suits that move with you and don't wrinkle as much as other fabrics.
Burgundy
$9.95/yd

#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



#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


 





#1202
60" 100% woolen twill
A very nice medium coatweight woolen of Shetland wool. Imported from Uruguay. Nice look, nice hand
Light Aquamarine

$18.75/yd


 #1203
60" 100% woolen twill
A very nice medium coatweight woolen of Shetland wool. Imported from Uruguay. Nice look, nice hand
Apricot

$18.75/yd

#1204
60" 100% woolen twill
A very nice medium coatweight woolen of Shetland wool. Imported from Uruguay. Nice look, nice hand
 
Dark Cadet Blue

$18.75/yd


#1206
60" 80%wool, 20%nylon
Melton Cloth
A medium weight Melton, soft, dense, rich and smooth, with a lovely hand.
Apricot Peach ..a lighter apricot

$19.50/yd 

#1208
 60" 80%wool, 20%nylon
Melton Cloth
A medium weight Melton, soft, dense, rich and smooth, with a lovely hand.
Tan

$19.50/yd

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