Dark Saxon Blue Wool Flannel - $22.00 yd.


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Wool flannels in England in the 18th century consisted of a worsted warp & carded woolen weft yarn slightly twisted in the spinning. or in better quality flannels, a fine woolen warp and weft.  Made in a plain weave & 2/2 twill they were woven into a thinner cloth, heavily milled and pressed to produce a soft face on both sides. This softness made them more desirable for garments that might touch the skin, such as this flannel blanket for an infant that we studied in the collection of the Foundling Hospital dated 1759.  When fulled, flannel would become very lofty creating a soft but thick fabric.

The Saxon color was a blue technique wherein the prepared indigo was digested in oil of vitriol which resulted in turning the process from vat dying to acid dying.  The result was a faster dying time and a color that was vibrant and different from the classic indigo.  We have studied both saxon blue & saxon green wool dye books from the 18th century.  This blue is a darker version of a named extant dye sample and a close match to unnamed extant broadcloth merchant samples.

  • Good quality, fine flannel with a woolen warp & weft that has been lightly brushed.
  • Suitable for Ladies' gowns, petticoats, riding habits, redingotes, Men's under-waistcoats, jackets, breeches, trousers, and children's clothing.
  • 100% Wool 67 inches wide.
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