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making a 13th century surcoat

Postby matilda » Sat Mar 20, 2010 5:15 pm

Ho Guys,

Geoffrey of Woodstock needs a new surcoat.

So a couple of questions, firstly it needs to be mostly yellow/gold in colour which is the first difficulty, secondly it needs to be pretty tough. He does have a habit of gettinig tangled up with people.

What is the best fabric to use? and if need be, what the best method of dying it? - I guess the more authentic the better, but I'm happy to sacrifice some authenticity to find something I can use! Oh and any idea where I might be able to get it?

thanks for your help,

Denise



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Re: making a 13th century surcoat

Postby Lady Jane Rochester » Sun Mar 21, 2010 6:53 pm

Strangely enough Ikea has very good, strong, 100% linen fabric which takes dye very well.

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Re: making a 13th century surcoat

Postby matilda » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:12 pm

Thanks for that - good to know.

just means I'll have to go to Ikea - not sure where the nearest one to us is!


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Re: making a 13th century surcoat

Postby matilda » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:16 pm

Just looked at the web site - you can get it in light pink. Do you think he'll go for that?

seriously though - have you tried dyeing in the washing machine?


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Re: making a 13th century surcoat

Postby Jackie Phillips » Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:17 pm

Dylon machine dyes work really well on linen - I've used them many, many times.

Wash the linen first. Put the dye in the machine with a pound of ordinary salt (1 pack per 2m of fabric, 2 packs max). Put the damp fabric back in and wash on a 40 degree wash. Wash again.

I've used that much of it that the rubber seals round the door are an odd colour, but it doesn't damage the machine.

http://www.fredaldous.co.uk/shop-online ... ne-dye.htm is a reliable place to get it from.

Failing that I have some incredibly vivid yellow in a poly-cotton drill that you are welcome to if you want it.

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