I'm so excited. The wool for The Boy's toga arrived yesterday. I ordered it from a website I'd never seen before, and shipping took a little over a week, which feels slow thanks to the ridiculously speedy delivery from Fabric-store.com I'm used to, but the result is so worth it. Fabric Mart Fabrics has a somewhat limited selection of fabrics (keeping in mind that I only want natural fibers), but the prices are ridiculously nice, and they take the time to describe not only the weight of the fabric, but how it drapes. There are suggested ideas of what to use the fabric for, but I don't know that they really pay attention to what they're saying, as they suggest making scarves out of gabardine.
I ordered this ivory wool crepe. It's gorgeous, lightweight and drapey, and extra wide which I didn't realize before. I'm looking forward to cutting it into it to make the curved edge, but I'm not sure if I should wash it or not. I'm worried about it shrinking and getting much thicker than it is now. The only piece of crepe I've worked with in the past got thick and felted after repeated washing, and I definitely don't want that for this wool.
I suppose I could cut the extra off first, and try washing the extra pieces to see how it washes up before deciding to wash it in the future. I need to test it, since I want to dye some of the fabric to make the stripe on the edge.
At least I have the giddy thrill awaiting me tomorrow of having a washer and dryer being delivered! For the first time since I moved to Oregon, I'll be able to do laundry in my own home!
On today's to-do list, aside from dishes, I need to figure out the classes I'll be teaching at Egils this year. I have had people ask if I'd teach how to french braid, and, although it isn't period, braided hair is better than a modern style. I'm also trying to figure out what I'm going to say for my more accurate hair styling class. I think it will be titled "Sewn Hairstyles, Yet Another Thing to Do with a Needle and Thread." Also on the Egil's front, some friends of ours, and their friends, will be joining us, making our own little camping group this year. We need to get land reservations in tomorrow, and get to figure out what equipment we have for cooking. It'll be exciting.
Ah well, lots to do today. At least last night I made a little progress on the Overly Ambitious Embroidery Project of DOOM! I finished the dark gold color last night. I need to go buy more skeins of thread, I'm running out of nearly every color.