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    Posted: 14 Apr 2020 at 11:55am

I’m afraid that the candle wax party days- are behind me.
I have probably 100 or more pieces of fabric from the 1800’s
And maybe a few dozen from the WW1 time period ( That’s where I get the stifel fabric from)

Candle on top might be a little......Too over the top.

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Originally posted by Sansome Sansome wrote:

Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

I think I'd look for a matching or very close color felt & put it on with a fairly coarse stitch in a contrasting color.


Not a bad idea, and I have plenty of hat pieces- but I think I’ll go for something a little more over the top.
If I’m going to wear this at a possible Hodis hat party- it needs to stand out......maybe I’ll put some stifle fabric
On a few spots? I’ll start with some duck patches first..... then go from there.

I'm sure you have plenty of fun/period correct fabric for patching... 

Any mistakes could just be covered up with a bunch of melted wax. Wink

I mean, you could just melt a whole bunch of wax on and stick a candle on top... haha.
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Originally posted by CSL CSL wrote:

I think I'd look for a matching or very close color felt & put it on with a fairly coarse stitch in a contrasting color.


Not a bad idea, and I have plenty of hat pieces- but I think I’ll go for something a little more over the top.
If I’m going to wear this at a possible Hodis hat party- it needs to stand out......maybe I’ll put some stifel fabric
On a few spots? I’ll start with some duck patches first..... then go from there.

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I think I'd look for a matching or very close color felt & put it on with a fairly coarse stitch in a contrasting color.
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Originally posted by likeacannon likeacannon wrote:

Sansome I think some duck canvas would look great, maybe with some dark brown thread? I tend to stick with the same basic color scheme of the garment I'm working on (with exceptions for very light-colored fabric), while using lighter or darker versions of that color or ones in the same family (tans and browns, indigos and blues, blacks and greys, etc...).


Good advice- I think I’ll go with that.
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Sansome I think some duck canvas would look great, maybe with some dark brown thread? I tend to stick with the same basic color scheme of the garment I'm working on (with exceptions for very light-colored fabric), while using lighter or darker versions of that color or ones in the same family (tans and browns, indigos and blues, blacks and greys, etc...).
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Nice patchwork on the last 3 pages BTW
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I've been meaning to possibly patch this up for the past few years, I can only think of one place to
wear this- A Hodis shindig, I wore a 1870's Bee hive hat to a Rising Sun party a few years ago- I wore it Beverly Hillbilly style, I knew i hit a home run when Hodis called me Jethro......
Moving on
Should i do some outside patching?
What fabric?
Duck-Denim?

I have a whole list of other fabrics......So what would look best?

oh2 by bottleswest, on Flickr
oh1 by bottleswest, on Flickr
oh by bottleswest, on Flickr


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Great work, redragon! I love the hand darning you did.
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Hey friends! I'm also trying to get some repairing done during this lockdown... and, I'm getting a 404 when trying to hit up the linked "repairs" thread. Basically, I'm looking for a single info source for thread weights, colors, and sources. Like, what thread weights did vintage Levi's use? And, what colors? A bunch of the vintage I have uses a thick thread for the top-stitching and bar-tacking that fades to a purple color. You think it started out black? What is that? I'd also love to see a discussion of the various yellows/oranges used. Is there some totally obvious online repository for this info that I just haven't found yet via google?

I have a bunch of sashiko thread and have picked up random vintage threads here and there, but I know I'm just scratching the surface. 

Here's a recent acquisition -I needed thread to repair this old Hercules jacket. I found this vintage thread on Etsy ("light navy"?) that is almost a perfect match for the top-stitching... it's just a little too thin (fine if it's doubled up when hand stitching). 




Also, I'd be curious to know if folks think it best to try as use authentic, vintage (100% cotton?) thread for repairs, or if there's stronger poly thread that makes more sense and won't look significantly different. 

Thanks for any direction!
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