this damnable mantle project is becoming, well, damnable, and I haven’t even sewn anything yet!
Went to wash the fabric today and had less than I thought I did – it’s about 60″ wide and I have maybe two yards of it. So when I drape it over my shoulders as it would fall for a half-circle mantle, it comes roughly to my waist – not real long. But of course it falls nicely to my feet in the back.
Now, I got this from the remnant pile lo these many years ago; it was labeled as wool and someone had painted ‘made in italy’ on it in yellow (which doesn’t come out, hence it’s being lined). But I looked at it again today and it didn’t have that little scratchiness I associate with wool, and I pulled off one little thread and sure enough, it melted. ARRGH.
So now I’m not sure what to do. I really want to use natural, period fibers, but I also hate to waste fabric. And it’s soft and drapes nicely, after all. But I really need a wool mantle before Pennsic. I could probably give this away or donate it to something, I guess. And fabric.com does have a really lovely medium weight wool for a very reasonable price…. sigh. What do you think?