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    I did know about hair canvas, I have used it in the past. The problem I am having is that I am having problems getting it locally. I went to my local "fabric store" (Hobby Lobby) last night, the lady there knew what I was asking about but they do no carry it and they can not order it. She said that the closest store that MIGHT have it is in a city about a hundred miles away.

    I was reading in the kilt article in Threads magazine and the author suggested either hair canvas or linen folded in half. I have linen, silk, wool, etc. just no hair canvas.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Wizard of BC View Post
    Tailor's Pride has a composition of 41% acrylic, 19% hair, 16% polyester, 15% rayon, and 9% cotton.

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    I have found good hair canvas online through tailoring (not fabric store) suppliers.
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    Stoff,

    The whole reason we use Hair Canvas is to impart some vertical stiffness into the back of the kilt. Hair canvas is stiffer in the vertical direction than it is horizontally.

    We then gather the hair canvas into folds. This allows the interfacing to take the curve formed by the Fell and imparts more vertical stiffness. This is sort of like the boning of a corset.

    Here is how hair canvas is put into the Fell of a kilt.



    And another shot



    In this photo you can see the fabric printed with an American flag motif which Barb T uses as her stabilizer.

    Last edited by Steve Ashton; 13th January 17 at 08:45 PM.
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    When you speak of "Hair Canvas" would this have traditionally been woven horsehair? That is a fabric that I use in the 18th Century for cockades on bonnets(and well all hats, it was the standard for the British Army at the time) and for Revolutionary war neck stocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoff View Post
    Part of why I ask all the question about particular cloth is that I try to use nothing but natural fabrics, I'm just odd that way.

    Not odd at all...

    Check out http://www.bblackandsons.com/hair-cloth-p-311.html

    51% Horse hair and 49% cotton
    @Luke MacGillie... is this similar to what you are using for cockades, etc.?

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    I think a slight disconnect here is how "hair canvas" is referred to. In this case it refers to body canvas, or wigan. It is not the same as "hair cloth" which is used in tailoring for the chest piece over body canvas.

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    Wigan is cut on the bias, or diagonally.

    The hair canvas used in kilt is stiffer vertically and less stiff horizontally or in the long direction.

    If you would care to look at the photos in post 33 to this thread you can clearly see that the 'grain' of the stuff is stiffer in the vertical direction. This give vertical rigidity to the back of the kilt in much the same way that boning does to a corset.
    Last edited by Steve Ashton; 17th January 17 at 11:24 AM.
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