[Ansteorra] [Ansteorra-announce] news from Bryn Gwlad

Donnchadh Beag mac Griogair donnchadh at cornelius.norman.ok.us
Tue Oct 26 08:47:19 PDT 2010

Okay, being known for asking "stupid" questions, I'm going to ask what may be some now.

What are you defining as "pinking"? Or "pinked cloth"?

I thought this might be another discussion about whether the color "pink" was period. Of course it is, as a color shade. Dye almost anything red and let it fade some and you have what we now call the color "pink".

Or do you mean cutting cloth with scissors with a jagged edge, commonly called "pinking shears" which leave fabric with an edge of little triangles rather than a straight line. It is supposed to cut down on the cloth unraveling. I don't know but I suspect the scissors and the technique is well past period. Anyone know? Perhaps its mentioned in a tailoring manual?

Your first two questions wouldn't apply to my two ideas of "pinking".

So, a better description of what you are looking for, William, might help. Or anyone else who knows what this is, please speak up.


On Oct 23, 2010, at 7:16 PM, William Harper wrote:

> For some strange reason I've gotten it into my head to try to make a pinked
> tunic, but before I do that I was wondering if anyone had the answers to a
> few basic questions.
> 1)      What is the best type of fabric to use? (Silk, linen)
> 2)      Can pinked fabric be washed?
> 3)      Where can I get period pinking tools?
> If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
> William

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