[Ansteorra] Questions about pinking

Chiara Francesca chiara.francesca at gmail.com
Sun Oct 24 00:53:48 PDT 2010

Good Stefan,

The reference to pinking is a cut on the edges of a fabric seam. It is a finishing touch that keeps fabrics that tend to ravel from ... raveling. :)

If you have a high end suit in your collection of garments look at the inside of it where the lining and interlinings are, you will find that most (if they are made of wool especially) have this finishing touch. They also have a label that says Dry Clean Only.

Here are much better details that I could possibly go into, http://www.oliverands.com/blog/2010/06/pinking-finished-seams.html

Good William,

When I did use pinking shears I would run a basting stitch on the one layer of fabric and then pink just past it. It was a double protection from the raveling. Do this before prewashing.

The only leathers that I would use this on would be the fake types, they ravel. I only use them when someone has handed me the material to make something for them.

Chiara Francesca
(said in my best southern drawl) You want a silver lining to that sad cloud, come sit by me. :)

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> On Behalf Of Stefan li Rous
> Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 10:00 PM
> To: Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc.
> Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Questions about pinking
> 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.
> Stefan
> 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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