I’ve been wanting to sew some medieval garb using period materials for a long time, and I’m finally doing it!
I haven’t quite nailed down my persona yet, but I’m thinking Christian Anglo-Saxon. Between AD 800 and AD 1066?
Anyway, I forked out the cash for 100% linen and 100% wool cloth. Then I went looking for linen and wool thread. Not to be found at my fabric store. I supposed I’d have to order some online.
But of course yesterday I really wanted to begin making the underdress, and I had yet to order any thread. That’s when I remembered I’d just spent all that money on linen. I had linen.
Luckily I also happened to have a drop spindle and some wax on hand…
So now I’m making my own thread.
First I take pairs of long threads from the leftover fabric.
Then I give them a bit of twist on my drop spindle.
(Ok, ok, it’s a tahkli. But it’s like a drop spindle.)
Then I run them across a piece of wax.
Et voila! “Free” linen thread.
So far I’ve hand sewn the shoulder seams and one sleeve + gusset, and the thread hasn’t broken on me. I call this a success.
When I get to the point where I need wool thread for the overdress, I think I’ll spin it from some roving I have lying around, and then dye it with the same dye I’m using on the wool cloth.