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Re: drizzling

May 23, 2017 10:31PM
Drizzling was a popular pastime for those of the upper classes with even less brain matter than usual amongst toffs [my prejudices hanging out here], and involved taking apart brocades, laces and epaulets and the like to get the gold threads out, which could be melted down to reclaim the gold. Fashionable ladies [and some gents; Prince Leopold was addicted to drizzling especially after Princess Charlotte died] had dedicated drizzling boxes, often much ornamented, in which they kept the drizzling tool, and scraps of fabric, trim, lace etc to be drizzled. I think, personally, that it's an awful occupation, so destructive! but then I use up brocade scraps in random patchwork like my Renaissance heroine Felicia [and which may be seen on Anne Hathaway's quilt].
Gold threads of the time, and the top quality ones of today, are made by drawing a wire of gold, hammering it into a ribbon, and wrapping it round a silk core. this method has been used time out of mind, and was also used for the gold weft in cloth-of-gold which was woven onto a warp or wool or linen of often bright colours [hence you may read of a 'red cloth of gold] which shimmered in the shadows. It's also the gold thread so carefully couched in opus Anglicanum work.

Um sorry got carried away there. If I ever get together the wherewithal to do a Masters, it's going to be in the history of textiles ....
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