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p-bleach-fab-msg - 10/6/99

Period bleaching of fabric.

NOTE: See also the files: textiles-msg, linen-msg, dyeing-msg, mordants-msg,
washing-msg, felting-msg, color-a-fab-bib, cotton-msg, cotton-art.


This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that
I have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some
messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.

This file is part of a collection of files called StefanŐs Florilegium.
These files are available on the Internet at:

I have done a limited amount of editing. Messages having to do with
seperate topics were sometimes split into different files and sometimes
extraneous information was removed. For instance, the message IDs were
removed to save space and remove clutter.

The comments made in these messages are not necessarily my viewpoints. I
make no claims as to the accuracy of the information given by the
individual authors.

Please respect the time and efforts of those who have written these
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Thank you,
Mark S. Harris AKA: Lord Stefan li Rous
RSVE60@email.sps.mot.com stefan@texas.net

Date: Thu, 09 Sep 1999 20:37:29 -0700
From: Aaron & Karen Benson <aaronben@olympus.net>
To: sca-arts@raven.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Bleaching Fabric

In the series called Connections by James Burke there was a bit on
bleaching using soured milk. The finished material was put in large jugs
of milk and let sour 5 weeks, as I recall and then washed out in the
nearby stream and set out on the field to dry. It may have been in
Connections 2 and was about the British or Scotish weavers. These series
are on video and avialable thru the library


Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 00:41:25 -0400
From: Becky Needham <betony@infinet.com>
To: sca-arts@raven.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: No Subject

> I have been told by other scadians and various interpreters of historic
> sites that to whitten cloth, wax, etc., people would lay things out in a
> field in the sun. I have no reference for documentation, but try textile
> history books.
> Lady Adelaide

"Connections 3" had linens being bleached by laying the cloth out in the
sun and pouring either buttermilk or sour milk on them and letting them


Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 16:45:09 -0700
From: lilinah@grin.net
Subject: Re: SC - cheese revisited

Raoghnailt wrote:
>Don't throw out the whey -- use
>in bread-making for part of the water. The bread will keep longer. You can
>also use it to dip cut up fruit in so that it doesn't brown (instead of
>using lemon juice).

Or, you can use it to bleach linen, according to the SCA Garb list. Soak
the linen in it, spread it in the sun to dry, then wash.


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