“Tex[tile] Talks: A Primer in 18th Century Fabrics" - An Online Workshop Experience

Saturday, January 28th, 2023
9:30 am - 12 noon & 1 - 3:30 pm EST


We know that historical fabrics can be a maze of terminology where one fabric might have many names or many types of fabric can share the same name. Add in 18th century variations in spellings and it can feel like the twists and turns will never end!

The struggle for the modern sewer stems from a lack of context that would have been innate to the 18th century consumer. Just as sewers today have an understanding of the textiles we use and appropriate applications, so did our 18th century counterparts.

How do we, as modern people, make sense of the historical sources to gain the same understanding as those 18th century consumers? Join Angela Burnley to delve into the world of mid to late 18th century textiles. Participants will uncover not only the 18th century names of common historical textiles, but will explore how those textiles looked, felt, and were used.

Through a series of mini lectures and Q & A,  Angela will introduce students to common 18th century textiles, discuss terms and build a framework to understand these textiles, and give participants a chance to handle modern samples to better learn how they compare to their historical counterparts. 

Participants will:

  • Learn about fiber content, weave structure, contemporary name, and end use.  
  • Engage in discussions focusing on the textiles available when considering variables such as geography, preference for certain characteristics, cost, and social or religious status.
  • Apply this knowledge with guidance to textiles available today to create guidelines for informed fabric choices in their historical recreations.

This course is a Beginner Level 1 and is perfect for anyone with an interest in 18th century fabrics and their application to clothing in the 18th century.

Cost of this 5 hour workshop with Q & A's and a lunch break is $90 and includes a sample book that will be used during the coarse of the lectures. This book will be mailed to you.*

Class size is limited to 30 Participants



Because of the nature and enrollment limitation of our workshops, we regret that we are unable to give a full refund for a cancellation.  If you cancel 30 or more days prior to the workshop, we will refund your fee less a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the workshop, we will have to charge the full amount of the workshop unless we are able to fill your slot, in that event you will be charged only the $25 cancellation fee.