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« on: November 15, 2016, 11:31:23 AM »

I would like to make a silk handkerchief, but my question is what type of silk was used to make them? I know taffeta is too stiff, but what is appropriate? Any fabric sources to recommend? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 12:04:58 PM »

Michaela,

I have to ask, because I know nothing about this, why silk?

Is it something you would give as a keepsake and not really intended for use?

Of course my brain went first to light taffetas or chinas (rather than something cotton embroidered or trimmed with silk) and they just seem so....sticky.  Undecided

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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2016, 02:23:16 PM »

Well, I would like to make a silk one because it is going to be a gift and silk seems nicer than just a common linen one. I've read many period references to silk handkerchiefs, but I'm not actually sure what the 19th century reasoning for silk was.

Does anyone have any recommendations for the fabric? I'd like to get working on this soon because it's intended as a Christmas gift  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2016, 03:14:49 PM »

For a gentleman, I would think silk broadcloth would work well.  trish B.
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