Friday, February 15, 2013

Making Buckram from Linen

The Tailor's Apprentice posted this on Facebook yesterday:

A fabulous tip on how to make buckram from the @Abigal's Closet group...

"BUCKRAM.............We always have people ask us about buckram, concerned that they have to have some special textile. In the 18th century buckram was used typically in men's clothing. It gave stiffness and shape especially in things like coats. Provided strength for weak places like button holes, button stand and pleat points. You can make your own buckram with ease. A variety of quality in linens were used. Typically unbleached being the least expensive linen. Get out your scrap bag or buy an extra 1/4 yard next time you get linen from us. The trick is to have a bottle of GUM TRAGACANTH in your stash. (see below link) Slather it on both sides and let it dry. Do as
many layers as you think for the stiffness you require. That's all there is to it. Good Luck!!"

This sounds like a relatively easy process, although gum tragacanth can be hard to get here in South Australia. I have a couple of metres of commercially produced buckram currently in my stash (and would prefer to use my dwindling supplies of gum tragacanth for sugarplate), but if any of the readers have tried this, please let us know your results!


  1. where did you get the gum tragacanth from, Fionn?

  2. Spotlight no longer seems to stock it and neither does Rhineland Bakery at TTP. I have used a company called 'Earl Craft and Cake' who does mail order, although they have also been having supply problems.