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    Author Topic: Inexpensive material for tunics cloaks socks etc ie Wool Blankets  (Read 1665 times)
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    « on: January 18, 2010, 10:43:02 PM »

    Grey and red blankets are  available form Harbor Freight Tools  online 7.99 - 9.00 Not 100% wool but decent price!'
    http://search.harborfreight.com/cpisearch/web/search.do?keyword=wool+blanket&Submit=Go
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    « Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010, 09:30:47 AM »

    I've used those for quite a while.  The online store seems to keep better stock than the local outlets.  The grey ones are much lighter weight, and the weave is loose, so it's a little harder to keep seams together, but I have both paenula and udones from the grey.  I haven't made a tunic from one, but you could do that, I guess as a work tunic, or if you're portraying a lower class citizen, maybe.  It's a little scratchy, since I think they use shorter fiber in them. 

    BTW, I used a whole can of 3M Scotch Guard waterproofing on my paenula, and after being hung out on the line to de-fume, it was/is somewhat water repellent.  I put most of the spray on the hood and shoulders, down to the waist, thinking that by the time the water had dribbled that far, it would be moving fast enough to keep going down.  Probably unnecessary.  Certainly inauthentic.

    The red ones make very good blankets, but they have a funny oily smell.  They seem to come out of the washing machine just fine, though.  A little brown or green dye takes the brightness off the scarlet.  They fade like crazy, so beware of that.
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