The Official Tweed Appreciation Thread - Page 6
One day, someone knowledgeable will educate me on the actual definition of a tweed.
I've seen it used interchangeably for any roughly-finished rustic-looking fabric, be it a cheviot, donegal, thornproof, harris, etc, etc. Is that actually the case, or is there a more precise technical or geographical definition used within the textile world? More recently, it's also been used to describe blends of wool with other yarns even including stuff like angora and cashmere, which strike me as rather untweedy in feel but appear tweedy from distance.
In any event, leaving aside technicalities, I like the appearance of some of these country fabrics, though many generally come in too heavy a weight and too coarse a hand to be suitable for my own wardrobe needs. I do have a few jackets and a suit in the lighter stuff (14-ish and under) though, with a grey cheviot (I think it was a cheviot, from memory) currently being made up.
Tweed is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric, of a soft, open, flexible texture, resembling cheviot or homespun, but more closely woven. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern. Subdued, interesting colour effects (heather mixtures) are obtained by twisting together differently coloured woolen strands into a two- or three-ply yarn.
Yeah, I looked at wikipedia's page too (from which the above is copy-pasted) before making my post. I don't know, the defintion above seems kind of wooly, if you'll pardon the pun. So much potentially fits under that umbrella; is it really fair to call it all tweed. I guess so. But it feels unsatisfyingly imprecise. :)
Mmmm....tweed. HF, that's a good question. I've always thought the one criteria of tweed is having a rough, unfinished hand. Stuff like Harris, Donegal and cheviot. I've seen much softer lambswool and even cashmere fabrics that look like tweed (e.g., herringbone) but I wouldn't really call them tweeds. I'm sure Manton or Sator would be able to explain the technical differences and what qualifies and what doesn't. I came across this stuff which looks kind of like a tweed but in an open hopsack weave. It's rough, but is it a tweed? I dunno.
Exactly the sort of uncertainty I was having too. Oh well, I guess there's no real harm in thinking of these things are tweed or at least tweedish. BTW, I love Boyer's overcoat. Great pic.
Suit and cap are in the Glenhunt dark brown HB tweed, did you check this? (I don't have better pictures of it, I think.)
I picked up this tweed, loved the "base" gray color, and the subtle blue, golden, green and red threads. A quick try on left my unhappy with the shoulders, but overall it is wearable for casual outerwear look.