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Worsted Braid

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:08 am
by And So To Bed
Is worsted braid available in the UK? I mean the pure wool herringbone weave tape traditionally known as 'lace' in military/livery uniforms.

I'm asking on behalf of a friend who's looking for dark red, burgundy, cream, black or beige braid in 1/2" and 1inch widths. I don't think I've seen that breadth of colours but thought I'd ask.


Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:38 am
by frances
I have some of the pure wool stuff in grey, I seem to remember, which is beautifully soft. I also have lots of colours in textured cotton twill weave. What is it for?

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:53 pm
by Andy R
Wyedean do

Look under Braids and Laces, laces worsted

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:32 pm
by And So To Bed
Thanks for replying.

It's for waistbands (the kind which run off into tying tapes), bindings and sleeve trim. That's why he wants the two different widths. And its meant to be orfentic so he doesn't want to use cotton, but thanks so much for offering.

Wyedean (nearly typed Wyedale!) look fantastic! Do they take retail orders? And how small can an order be?

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 3:56 pm
by Andy R
If they have it in stock they will sell to you by the meter.

If they don't they have to weave it to order, so you have to order several miles to make it worth their while :(

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:18 pm
by John Waller
I've just taken delivery of 100m of made-to-order regimental lace from Wyedean (minimum order was 50m). Cost just under £300. I suspect if you wanted a new pattern the minimum order might be greater but we have ordered this pattern before. Plain tape they will have in stock.

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:13 pm
by seamsmistress
Generally speaking, their minimum order for 'off the shelf' items is £100 + VAT. Worsteds are generally kept in stock, at least in black and white.

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:58 pm
by And So To Bed
That's interesting. I think 100m of any one colour may be rather more than he needs but I'll ask.

Do you know how much a plain braid/lace costs in general?

Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:31 pm
by seamsmistress
We retail 1/2 & 1" worsted braid in black and white/cream in our shop.

1" is £2.50 per m
1/2 " £1.75 per m.

Obviously, it will cost less per m if your friend wants to buy a substantial enough amount and is able to deal with Wyedean direct

Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:16 am
by Tuppence
We quite often buy smaller amounts of both worsted and metallic laces from them.

In my experience they're only strict on the minimums if you're having something made that isn't in stock. Although going to see them personally may be a factor (not sure).

Give them a ring.