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Pennsic Class


fabric pages:

(includes cotton, rayon,
and man-made fibers)

Doll" Fabrics

Corset stays 

Books, odds and esoteric stuff


non-store stuff
About Class Act Fabrics

Stray Fabric Writing 1

Displays at the Dietrich

Memories of a House

Links and Rings



    contact me at:

    Linda Learn
    Class Act Fabrics
    PO Box 307
    (570) 836-2318
  email me at
Linda (at) classactfabrics (dot) com

Here's a neat color site.
I think the colors are
truest of all the color
lists out there:
and another one!

PENNSIC 37 in 2011
JULY 30 - AUGUST 14, 2011

PENNSIC CLASS presented yearly at the Pennsic War at Cooper's Lake campground

also available to be taught at collegiums, gathers, market days, or museum activities.

Fabric 101 will be continued to be presented with the fees at $3.00. This class runs over an hour....allow an hour and a half in order to not have to run to the next class.

This class is for  those who want to know more about fabric, whether in reference to historical clothing making or just in general, and end up with a swatch sample book and printed information.

Beginners, intermediates, totally confused, slightly curious, completely inexperienced to somewhat experienced... if you think you may learn something new, this class is for you.  Fabric and fibers is where the basic t-tunic or the grandest court garb starts. If you understand the basics the rest makes sense.

Things to bring to class: a pencil to take notes would be helpful.  I have some scissors to cut chunks for the burn test but if you have your own pair it might be easier for you.  


To be covered in the class:
    mundane fabric store psychology and economics (brief)
layout of floor and fabric placement
fabric markup: amount of, reasoning/economics, 
chain store vs. small independent store
appropriate behavior as a customer
appropriate behavior of clerks/ manager/ owner
dealing/bartering in a store and who it is done with
    characteristics of natural and manmade fiber
fabric structure: types of weaves
fabric content: fibers in the threads used
terminology: hand, drape, etc
what affects fabric characteristics
characteristics of individual fibers:
         strength, water wicking, dye absorption, dirt release,                 
surface appearance
comparing characteristics to desired performance

    burn-testing samples of known fiber content
using candles (with candle holders)
safe procedures in burn-testing fibers
selectively testing fibers
testing the fabric swatches (see "fees", above)

     chemical testing
safe procedures in chemical testing

        participant question and answer
    Any questions concerning swatches provided, fabrics in general, and information presented, will be answered during the presentation or after a section presentation. Question and answer session at the end of the class as time allows. There is no such thing as a dumb question... only unanswered ones. BE WARNED.... once you start me you may have a hard time shutting me up.

   There are many ways to teach any subject. I have been a professional teacher for many years; about 20 in the public schools, 6 in the military reserves, and  more in my mundane store. I have taught everything from basic art; Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Warfare Defense; basic to intermediate sewing; costuming; advanced drawing , and bits and pieces of other stuff. I've even taught running 35mm movie projection equipment to anyone who visited my projection booth at the Dietrich Theater and would hold still long enough.
As I always told my sewing and drawing students, there are many ways to do a task...and everyone who teaches it will tell you a different way to do it. Learn it the way the teacher shows you and then pick which way is best for you afterwards.
I have my own way of teaching fabric 101.... if you consider yourself an expert in this subject, please teach your own class and allow me to teach mine in my own way. If you would like to critique my class and, after the class,  talk with me, you may certainly do so.