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Topic: Ironing wool to make it shiny--can I ever get it even?  (Read 756 times)
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MagicalGirl
« on: May 12, 2012 06:29:05 PM »

Hi all!
For complicated reasons, I'm planning on sewing myself a big honking Ruritanian flag. (For those of you who don't know, Ruritania is a fictional European country from a series of books by Anthony Hope.) For related reasons, I want the making of said flag to be as old-school as possible, which means I'm shying away from nylon "flag fabric." Wikipedia tells me that flags used to be made of a lightweight worsted wool fabric called bunting, bunt, or tammy, which was "heat-pressed" to make it very shiny.
So my current plan is to buy some lightweight worsted wool fabric and iron it on high to make it shiny, but I'm really worried it will come out uneven and blotchy. FWIW, it's a stripy flag, so I could iron the stripes after I've cut them and they'd be narrow enough that I could use the back of the iron and not have to worry about the steam holes. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any advice?
Thank you!
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2012 11:45:31 AM »

Well, if you want to go REALLY old-school, you could buy/borrow a real cast-iron iron and heat it on a woodstove. Because it's a flat piece of metal, you won't get any unevenness from the steam holes on a modern iron.

But really, you could just cut a scrap for testing and see how much pressure, how long, how much movement, and how hot you need to non-steam-iron your wool to get the shininess you want.
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novacasia
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2012 07:24:08 AM »

You could also make the flag out of silk -- then it would already be shiny.  You can also paint the design using silk fabric paints.  The silk would allow the flag to fly in the wind better and is a historical fiber for flag construction.

Dharma trading company has great information on this subject: http://www.dharmatrading.com/silkpainting/

Good luck!
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