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    18th c. Hose and weaves.

    Still trying to figure out the weaves for various wool garments. Just wondering if herringbone or diamond weaving is correct for 18th c. Scotland and what is used for hose?

    Would this be considered 'suiting" "broadcloth" "baise" "duffil" or something else?

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    And is it suitable for period hose or other garments such as a weskit or jacket?
    Kon
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    I think "twill weave" was most common for 18th C. tartans, but I'd go ahead and use that nice-looking fabric for any period garment, though it's probably too lightweight for your plaid or philabeg....
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    Virginia Summers may indicate this as a perfect weight for a plaide!

    Would it work as hose? I guess the twill weave cut on the bias would stretsh better. I'm wondering if this might hang/look like a cloth bootie.

    Though it's cheap enough for 100% wool, it's probably worth trying anyway.
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    I've used similar lightweight tartan for hose with no problems.
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    Just twill, or other weaves too?

    The weave is what I'm curious about.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan View Post
    Just twill, or other weaves too?

    The weave is what I'm curious about.
    Thanks,
    Kon
    Plain weaves like that pictured. Twill-weave is ideal, but that fabric will work just fine....
    Brian

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    As Brian said, twill was the most common weave for C18th cloth and we know from extant specimens that it was used for clothing, plaids and hose. Plain weave is less dense and is unlikely to have been widely used for robust/working/outdoor clothes. I've only ever seen herringbone as part of a selvedge mark or pattern and not across the whole warp of a piece of tartan and by diamond I assume you mean what I know as goose-eye? I've only seen a couple of pieces of C19th tartan blankets woven with this technique and I very much doubt that it was widespread then let alone much before.

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    Thanks for that.
    Twill it is then.
    I like to take my time and pay attention to those details.
    Kon

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