Dunno how long I'll keep it up, or if I will last even a week, but I
thought it might be fun to toss out a word a day and try to keep it to
They may not be new words for everybody, but hey it doesn't cost
Today because I used the term once and puzzled people here, and
because it was near the front of the dictionary:
CALENDER. To smooth woollen cloths, and give them a gloss.
Ringspun or Ring Spun
A spinning process that takes the fiber through the roving, twisting,
and winding stages, in a single unbroken procedure.
It produces a finer thread than most other spinning processes.
In modern times it is a process of treating cellulose yarns or yardage
with a heated caustic soda solution and stretching them. This
increases strength, dye take, and adds lustre and a softer hand. Often
it also reduces or eliminates future shrinkage, though there are some
variations of the process that strive to avoid this.
Many cotton/other cellulosic fiber items used to be labeled
"Mercerized". Today we seldom see the word on labels. That is because
virtually all are mercerized as a matter of course. Seeing the term on a
label is, in some ways a warning sign..... If a product doesn't have any
other "pluses" then the word can be added to the label to make it look
better. Often there is too much other information that is more important
that is on the label instead.
Pati, in Phx
A functional measurement added to basic body size when drafting a
garment pattern. It varies depending on the purpose of the garment,
and the cut and type of fabric which it is intended to be constructed
of. It is meant to allow room for action in each part of the body.
Since it's election season, how about canvass? As in "to canvass the
The sources all say it comes from "to toss in a canvas sheet," but
that is not helpful.
Toss the ballots? Toss the voters? Just two voters, mixed gender,
tossing (hmmm)? (Or, these days, same gender?) Does the length of the
tossing-time affect the outcome of the vote? How big was the sheet
used for tossing -- sail-sized? bed-sized? apron-sized? handkerchief-
The person who does the fulling is a fuller . . . which is my SD's husband's surname and thus also the DGDs' surname.
And Fuller Brush, of course, though I doubt that Mr. Fuller used his
brushes for fulling.
One of the seam varieties in which all raw edges are enclosed.
Sew a quarter inch seam with the wrong sides of the fabric together,
trim closely, press the seam with the right sides of the fabric
together, sew a quarter inch seam, press to finish.
Very handy if you don't have a serger.
Probably still do, in some places. They certainly were used for
brushing up a nap on cloth until the Industrial Revolution.
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