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What's gossamer good for?

B. Newman

SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer
Sep 5, 2001
Kodak, Tn. USA
My son and daughter-in-law had to construct the backdrop for the prom at the high school where she teaches. He came by this morning with 2 rolls of some sort of gauze-y type of fabric and asked if I wanted them. (Of course I did! Who turns down anything?)

Anyway, after reading the instruction sheet I saw that it was called "gossamer." What's it good for? There is a partial roll of Ecru and a full roll (50' or so) of Plum.

Any ideas?
Betty -
This is a paper product (read acid) and is NOT suitable for use in any conservation framing package.
Perhaps you could use it as part of an in-store display or window display. A word of caution, unless it has been treated with a flame-retardant, do not use near any heat source or lighting. This stuff is made to be used and then tossed.
Well shoot. Thought I had something really cool here. Oh well...

How about sewing a nice Ecru and Plum house dress with a filmy gossamer overlay (of either color).

I can see you flitting around the farm with this stunning outfit on and your straw hat pulled down over your eyes!!

Oooooh, now THAT'S an image to die for!!

I'll take it! I'll take it! We can use it to make backgrounds for photographing high school seniors. We have some already but not in those colors. We have one roll in blue with white clouds that a prom committee here gave us. We can always use new backgrounds and props. If the shipping doesn't cost too much we'll take all or part of it.
Fairies use it to make their wings. Butterflies and dragonflies too. Haven't you ever heard of "flying on gossamer wings"?
Originally posted by McPhoto:
Betty -
This is a paper product
Here in the UK gossomer is a a gauze fabric with an extremely fine floaty texture often used in dressmaking and displays.
Good grief, Tom! Sewing?! My guys think "if it can't be glued, stapled, or duct taped, Mom doesn't do it!" (and they're right!)

Anne, I'll look into that and get back to you. What about if I take it off the roll and fold it? That would cut down on the shipping considerably. Right now it's on a 59"x25' roll (I read it wrong before.)

Originally posted by Val:
Haven't you ever heard of "flying on gossamer wings"?
Ah, so that's where I heard that word before!

Stapling and duct tape works for me!!!

And they don't diminish the image one bit!


Originally posted by Val:
Haven't you ever heard of "flying on gossamer wings"?

Oops. Betty, I think it was "Floating on Gossamer Wings"

But yeah, that's where you heard it.
1979 The Gossamer Albatross, designed by Paul MacCready, 53, is pedaled and piloted by 62-kg Bryan Allen, 26, a bicyclist and hang-glider enthusiast, from near Folkestone, Kent, on the coast of Engand, to Cape Gris-Nez, on the French coast, a distance of 37 km, in 2 h 49 min. (speed: 13 km/h).
      This flight wins the £100'000 Kremer Prize for the first man-propelled flight across the English Channel. The plane has a wingspan of 28.6 m, weighs 32 kg, and is constructed of Mylar, polystyrene, and carbon-fibre rods.
     Allen had taken a previous MacCready design, the Gossamer Condor, on 23 August 1977, along a 1.85 km figure-8 course to win another Kremer Prize of £50'000.
     MacCready would go on to design a solar-powered plane, the Solar Challenger, which would fly a km course across the English Channel on 07 July 1981.