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Unread 02-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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how to make fleece rough?

I can't seem to find a wool-like fabric, so I was wondering if I could just buy fleece, and somehow make it rougher since fleece is really soft.

Or is there a cheap fabric that has a similar look/feel to wool? I'm looking for something that's not incredibly soft, but more like scratchy(but not too scratchy that it would be uncomfortable to wear.)

I'm making a cloak.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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What exactly do you mean by "wool?"

Wool is a fiber. Wool can be woven many different ways, from thin and super-matte, super-smooth tropical weight suitings to a medum-weight suit worsted to a thick and fuzzy coat-weight melton.

Fleece isn't so much soft (it's so not smooth) as it is thickly-piled. It has its own texture. Most wool fabrics I tend to use, particularly for winter cloaks, are coating or worsted-weight, and are actually rather smooth compared to a thick, knit pile like fleece.

It would help to know what kind of look you're going for, whether you have a picture reference or an idea of what type of cloak you want. Cloaks also can be many different things - satin-lined lightweight formal cloaks for dresswear or fancy superheros, or rugged outerwear cloaks, or thick coat-weight cloaks with a lining to actually keep a human being warm outdoors in the winter, or anything in between. What kind of fabric you want depends on what purpose the cloak is for, and whether you're trying to match a particular character's cloak. If the character is wearing a rugged adventurer's outer cloak, you would choose very differently than trying to make a taffeta sparkly cloak for a Sailor Moon villain.
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The cloak I'm trying to make is from a manga, so there aren't any color pictures or detail to it. I'm going by historical context since I don't have a detailed image to mimic.

Reference: http://www.mangahere.com/manga/anato...c001.1/70.html

The manga is set in Anatolia, which is ancient Turkey and has a hot climate. In this case, the cloak is being worn by members of the high ranking military officers, but I don't think any fancy fabric would be used for a cloak. And since the setting is in around 3000 BC, I'm assuming that there aren't any machines to make any incredibly refined fabrics, which is why I'm going with a basic wool. By wool I'm imagining something that's sorta scratchy, but not irritating to feel.

I have no idea what types/blends of wools exist, so I don't know what's best. And wool in general is pretty expensive, which is why I'm looking for cheaper similar kinds.

It looks like the cloak flows nicely, so the fabric shouldn't be too heavy.

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Just go into the "suiting" section at your local fabric store. That's where all the woolens and wool blends are. The fiber content will be listed on the end of the bolt.

You do not want fleece.
"Fleece" and "wool" are two different things. Wool is a fiber, made from hair shorn from an animal (like sheep or alpaca), that can be used to make many different types of fabrics. Fleece is a specific type of textile with a plushie, pilly surface used to create warmth. (There such a thing as wool fleece, but most fleece is not wool, and most wool fabrics are not fleece.)
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Unread 02-18-2013, 12:21 AM   #5
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i think a good fabric for what youre looking for is maybe sort of a canvas fabric
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Unread 02-18-2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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Just go into the "suiting" section at your local fabric store. That's where all the woolens and wool blends are. The fiber content will be listed on the end of the bolt.

You do not want fleece.
"Fleece" and "wool" are two different things. Wool is a fiber, made from hair shorn from an animal (like sheep or alpaca), that can be used to make many different types of fabrics. Fleece is a specific type of textile with a plushie, pilly surface used to create warmth. (There such a thing as wool fleece, but most fleece is not wool, and most wool fabrics are not fleece.)
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Unread 02-18-2013, 09:38 PM   #7
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Actually, if you're going historically-accurate from a Turkish standpoint, you may want to think about linen. It has some texture like you want, but it's lighter and more comfortable, and often times quite a bit cheaper than wool.

I do recommend fabrics-store.com for linen, and if you need something heavier for a cloak their heavyweight linen is fabulous, I use it for hakama. But if you want to know what it looks like and feels like, Joanns and Hancock do have linens. Just make sure the bolt says linen, not polyester or rayon linen-look. That's much different!
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