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Postby DeMeer » Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:34 pm

Hi All,

I am wondering if anyone could tell me if they would have had or used grey cloth in the 13th Century. I'm wanting to know for our living history display. Its for a servants/serf camp cook.

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Re: cloth

Postby Thor Ewing » Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:16 am

Oh yes!
Any period in history when there were grey sheep, you can be fairly sure they'd have had grey cloth.
Of course, that doesn't necessarily mean it would have been quite the same as your grey cloth, but at least the greyness shouldn't be a problem :wink:
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Re: cloth

Postby Colin Middleton » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:49 pm

Could they not also make grey coth from black sheep and white sheep? :D

Hi DeMeer. If you want more detailed advice on fabrics, you may want to look at the Costume section.

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Re: cloth

Postby kate/bob » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:56 pm

they could even make it from grey sheep!

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Re: cloth

Postby sally » Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:58 pm

Colin Middleton wrote:Could they not also make grey coth from black sheep and white sheep? :D

You can, but you need to card the two shades together incredibly well and repeatedly if you want any effect other than a tweedly mottle. Its much easier to leave coloured fibre in whatever shade it is, then weave self coloured or rayed fabric from there. Or, like an example in the MoL fragments, where the warp is brown wool and the weft is madder red, giving a blended effect in the weave very effectively.

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