Souvenir from the very first Ropecon, the largest Finnish role-playing con:
I wasn’t there myself, but friends kindly brought for me this card signed by the guest of honor, Steve Jackson. It’s a blank card for the card game Hacker that I made into a bookmark.
I have been to many of the early cons, but the later ones (after year 2000) only on and off. (Kinda difficult when you live an ocean away.) It’s really nice to know that it’s still going, though. I suppose it makes Ropecon into a nostalgic event for me. 🙂
Because I trained back home in Finland, I learned my sewing terminology in Finnish. Already before I moved to the U.S., I picked up a lot of English vocabulary from my hobby sewing. My favorites were earlier historical eras, though, which resulted in a curious melange of terms and terminology.
Nowadays whenever I make construction notes on my projects they usually end up a mix of Finnish and English terms and abbreviations, even though I try to stick with one language only.
To keep adding to my English vocabulary, I draw from both physical and online resources. I read guidebooks and keep binders where I file tearaways and printouts. I’ve also started bookmarking online resources.
Below are some sites I’ve found useful for learning the terminology for various aspects of textile work.
- All Sewn Up: Millinery, Dressmaking, Clothing and Costume – a digital collection of 1907-1940s millinery, dressmaking, clothing and costume books from UW-Madison
- Antonio Ratti Textile Center and Reference Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – high-quality images and research on historical textiles from around the world
- Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel & Certain Piece Goods – care label terminology by the Federal Trade Commission
- Costume Construction – basic terminology lists for fabrics, tools, patterns, design principles and more for theater costuming by Leslie Robison-Greene (University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) and Scott R. Robinson (Central Washington University)
- Fabric Glossary – an extensive A to Z list of material, pattern and weave terms and more at Fabric.com
- FiberTutor – intro to manufactured fibers (synthetic fibers) by American Fiber Manufacturers Association
- A Glossary of Quilting Terms – an A to W glossary with some images by Susan Druding at equilters.com
- Glossary of Textile Manufcturing on Wikipedia – an A to Z glossary with links
- Regulations, Mandatory Standards and Bans – a list of regulated products by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, including some fibers and chemicals relevant to fabric production
- Zip a Bag, Chapter 1 – zipper part vocabulary with great photos by LiEr (Lorraine) at ikat bag
Do you have favorites you’d like to add?
Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.