Dating fabric by width
I would also not like to be the person cleaning out the pot after boiling that up!
Fabric was often woven into brocades and geometric designs.
Commonly mentions silk threads are white, black, yellow, blue, green, red, flame and purple.
In Textiles and Clothing by Crowfoot et al, we read that although linen is harder to dye and was likely to be used undyed where it could not be seen internally, coloured linen threads were used: Take axle grease (the dirt at both ends of an axle tree of a wagon), add ink, combine oil and vinegar, and boil all this together.
Intricate patterns of brocaded silk were a feature of silk velvet on velvets.
The artichoke cynara scolymus was grown plentifully during the medieval period and was featured in many medieval fabric designs from the 13th to 15th centuries.
In 1304, two women wool merchants, Aleyse Darcy and Thomasin Guydichon, are recorded as having sold to the Earl of Lincoln:for the huge sum of 300 marks.
A beautiful example of this is the silk woven with gold thread patterned silk, at left, from Sicily dated at between 13.
What really set the classes apart, was not the quality of workmanship, but the quality of the fabric from which garments were made.
All of the clothing was hand stitched, and there is no reason to believe that a woman living in the country was less capable of wielding a needle and thread than her city counterpart.
Raw cotton was imported and used for a variety of purposes in England, but although it was used plied for candle wicks, it seems it was not used for sewing. Silk thread was used extensively for silkwork and in some cases, for sewing woolen clothing, for buttonholes and and eyelets.
It is probable that linen threads were used for the main seams and the silk threads used for visible stitching or decorative stitching as there are indications that both types of thread are used on a single garment.