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Silk and braid question

Postby Calendula » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:31 am

A friend of mine would like a repro of the officer's sash (aka scarf)on the right in this portrait. I'm considering doing it for him myself but I've not worked much with silk - any clues as to what type I should be looking to get and who would be a good supplier? Thanks.

Also, we can't decide if the braid is gold or silver in colour.

This is a crap copy of the pic but you can see it a bit better here: ... igsaw.html
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Mountjoy Blount, Earl of Newport, and Lord George Goring. From 1639 by Van Dyke.jpg

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Postby GinaB » Tue Apr 21, 2009 1:43 pm

The braid may well be both gold and silver with a bit of silk to hold it all together. The pic's really not detailed enough online to say positively. The only thing you'd have to bear in mind when choosing is that anything with real silver is that it will tarnish.

I'll let someone else help you out with fabrics!

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Postby Shadowcat » Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:42 pm

Silk taffeta is probably the nearest modern silk you'll get to what is in the painting. Silk satin is very floppy, whereas taffeta has a crispness about it, and will fall into folds rather nicely.


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Postby Calendula » Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:14 pm

Thanks, both! :D

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