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Meet The Narrator Of HGTV's 'House Hunters' Franchise
House Hunters and its many spin-offs are a pop culture phenomenon, but the iconic narrator has always been heard and not seen — until now.
By David Mack

To any HGTV fan, Andromeda Dunker has a voice that is instantly recognizable. Her gliding intonation and dulcet tone are as soothing as the comfort-food reality TV shows which she narrates.

Since 2009, Dunker has voiced literally thousands of episodes of the House Hunters franchise, becoming an integral part of the HGTV juggernaut, which drew almost 25 million primetime viewers each month last year.

While the buyers and cities may change, the narrator does not. Episode after episode, Dunker introduces us to a new couple and a new location but with the same sing-song intonation and honeyed tone. She is the show.

Yet, she hasn’t been seen on camera on the network, not even once.

On a channel brimming with handsome homebuilders and homespun husband-and-wife property stars, the woman who gives voice to some of the network’s most popular and obsessively-watched shows stands apart — unlike the others, she is heard but not seen, HGTV’s most famous unfamous person.

“I’ve remained in the shadows,” Dunker told BuzzFeed News. “The conventional wisdom for voiceover actors is you are kind of heard and not seen. It’s just kind of the way it’s always been.”

And she’s never given an extensive interview before — until now.

Common Medieval Clothing Materials

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitycommon medieval jobsdivinationspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weaponssiege warfarecastle anatomy, and common terms of medieval life.

Find the masterposts for Women’s ClothingMen’s ClothingChildren’s ClothingShoes, and Fabric Colors.

Black-work: A gorgeous Renaissance invention, black-work was simply embroidery done with black silk.

Brocade: A tightly woven fabric with a raised pattern. Originally, the pattern was done with either gold or silver threads, but over time other threads were sued. This was a material strictly reserved for those who could afford it.

Canvas: A coarse cloth made of flax and hemp. It was worn by all.

Calico: A white cotton imported from India. Reserved for the rich.

Cambric: A fine white linen.

Damask: A silk fabric that was woven with various, often elaborate patterns and designs. This was an expensive cloth reserved for royalty and nobility.

Embroidery: Thought not a fabric, embroidery was highly prized and often decorated even the poorest of fabrics. Peasant designs were simple, often nothing more than just geometric. Noble clothing was much more elaborate and the stitches were often done with gold and silver thread.

Flannel: A lightweight woolen fabric, flannel was often used as undergarments, bandages, and wash rags. It was available to all.

Freize: A thick woolen cloth that was often used for outer garments. Worn by all classes.

Fustian: A type of scarlet cloth, it was a lightweight silky material that also bore a resemblance to velvet. It was an expensive fabric worn by those who could afford it.

Gold and Silver Tissue: A lightweight fabric that had gold or silver threads woven into it. For the most part, it was reserved for royalty. However, richer nobility and even a few enterprising wealthy merchants might also acquire a bolt every now and then.

Holland: A very finely woven lawn material that was often used for shirts and undergarments. Usually reserved for the rich.

Kersey: A woolen cloth, often ribbed, worn by the wealthy.

Lawn: A finely woven linen reserved for the wealthy.

Linen: Cloth made from flax and used by all.

Musterdevilliers: A grey woolen cloth reserved for the middle and upper classes.

Russet/Homespun: A coarse woolen cloth that was most often reddish-brown or grey colored. Russet was a favored material of the lower classes, but could also be found among the poorer nobility.

Samite: A silken cloth that was often woven with gold. Reserved for the wealthy.

Satin: Fabric made of silk that was shiny on one side. Reserved for the wealthy.

Scarlet: Not to be confused with the color, scarlet cloth was most often red, but could also be a number of other colors. It was a softer cloth that draped in folds. Usually reserved for nobility, it could also be found in the possession of outlaws.

Serge: A woolen fabric used for clothing and all types of other supplies: bed-covers, hangings, funeral drapes, shrouds, and so on. It was used by all.

Silk: An expensive cloth woven from silk threads and imported. Originally reserved only for royalty, it gradually became used by the rich who could afford it.

Taffeta: A plain-woven glossy silk reserved for the rich.

Tartan: A twilled woolen fabric named for its tartan coloring and design.

From a handout I prepared for my students last year

Bán: white, fair, fair-haired, pale.
Bán is the colour of white cloth, frost, white wine, silver, white or fair hair, and pale, pallid, or blanched skin. People with albinism are described as bán.
Bán is used in terms of endearment: mo chailín bán, “my fair girl” regardless of hair colour. Idiomatically, bán is used to mean ‘empty’ or 'blank’: a leathanach bán is a blank page, while an áit ban is an empty or deserted place.

Geal: white, bright, clear.
Geal is the colour of white flour, lime, the sun, teeth, snow, and swans. It describes bright light, and clear days. Like bán, it is used in terms of endearment: a ghrá gheal, O fair love.

Fionn: white, fair.
Fionn is the colour of sunlight, seafoam, and fair hair.

Bán, geal, and fionn all overlap significantly. Bán generally is the most common, and tends not to refer to shades which can be described as bright or shiny – however silver money is described as airgead bán. Fair hair is never described as geal, although fair skin is.

Liath: grey, pale grey.
Liath is the grey of grey hair, animals like mice, mist, mouldy bread, and watery milk. Unlike geal, it is a dull colour. Idiomatically, liath can mean “ancient.”

Buí: yellow.
Buí is the colour of sunlight, gold, cornmeal, tanned leather, dried fish, and tanned or sallow skin. Idiomatically, buí is used to meán “ugly”, an gadaí buí meaning “the ugly thief.” A fear buí is an Orangeman. Seán Buí is John Bull, or by extension, England as a whole.

Flannbhuí: Orange.

Dearg: dark or vibrant red.
Dearg is the colour of red ink, blood, gore, fire, embers, hot iron, and the lower layers of soil. Fíon dearg is red wine. Idiomatically, it can mean “real” or “intense”.

Rua: brownish-red, copper, russet.
Rua is the colour of red hair, chestnut horses, copper, and rust. Idiomatically, it can mean “strong” or “violent”: an oíche rua is a stormy night. A madra rua is a fox. In place-names, such as An Cheathrú Rua, it refers to high iron content in the soil.

Bándearg: pink.

Corcra: purple. An early loan-word from Latin purpura, before Irish had a p sound.

Gorm: blue, but also bluish green, deep green, and deep purple.
Gorm is the colour of indigo, azure, discoloured potatoes, the deep-blue colour of the sky, lush vegetation and grass, blue or green eyes, and bruised or livid skin. A duine gorm is a Black person.

Glas: green, but also grey and light-blue.
Glas is the colour of the sea, grass, young or unripe plants, and green timber. It is also the colour of undyed wool, homespun cloth, iron, a cold winter sky, and grey eyes. Idiomatically, it can mean new, unexperienced, fresh; a saighdiúir glas, green soldier, is a new recruit.

Uaine: bright green.
Uaine is typically used for any artificial green: one of the colours of the Irish flag, green paint.

Donn: brown.
Donn is the colour of brown hair, cattle, brown paper, and timber or wood. Idiomatically, it can mean “firm”, or “strong.”

Dubh: black, dark.
Dubh is the colour of black hair, night, ravens, and coal. Idiomatically, it can mean gloomy, evil, in secret. A place which is dubh le daoine, black with people, is overwhelmingly crowded. To have a croí dubh, black heart, is to feel overwhelmed by sorrow. An Fear Dubh is the devil.

If I had a bone comb for every damnfool who thinks that Vikings had dreadlocks, I would have enough to trade them for a few million ells of homespun, sail that shit to Frankia, and make fuckin bank on that Flanders wool market

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm planning to do a gerudo dress link from breath of the wild and I'm stuck on what fabric to use. I was thinking a cotton sateen because of the nice jewel tones, but wasn't sure if it would be too stiff to get the flowy desert feel of the costume. Do you have any ideas/recommendations? Thank you very much!!

Hello there!

For this, I’d recommend something with a soft hand that is semi-sheer rather than a cotton staeen. If you go with natural fibers and are willing to do some dyeing yourself, you can get the rich jewel tones without having to worry about what colors the fabric is actually manufactured in. If you line the top, you won’t have to worry about anything showing through while still getting the look of the soft material.

My first pick would be gauze or something in that family. Here’s a cotton gauze and here’s a rayon gauze; both would have to be dyed, which I would recommend fiber reactive dyes for. Another option would be this gorgeous silk/rayon blend, which would be dyed with a combination of acid and fiber reactive dyes, or with a ‘universal’ dye like Rit or iDye, and is more opaque than my other recommendations here. Cotton lawn or harem cloth might be good if you want a slightly more homespun look. For a much more sheer look (this is what I used for my pants for Harle), a silk organza would be lovely, but getting a bit far from the reference.

Other fabric types to look for: georgette (I’d recommend silk or rayon to keep yourself cool), silk chiffon in a higher mm (so that it’s more opaque and heavier than a more sheer poly or nylon chiffon), or if you can find a linen with a soft hand. A lightweight crepe could be another option, as could a jersey knit (which seems out of step with the world of the game but it would be a good look and is easily accessible, as a lot of these fabric types can’t exactly be found at Joann’s and have to be ordered online).

For this project, you want something that is soft and flowy and doesn’t have a whole lot of structure so that you can get the billowy look. I’m also sticking to mostly natural fibers because of the desert environment, but if you don’t mind polyester versions of these trapping heat (except the organza, which tends to be too stiff when in polyester form), then those might be easier to find. Keep in mind your method for adding the designs, as well – if you embroider, bead, or applique, fabric type can be pretty much anything, but if you want to paint or stencil, it may be better to go with something with a smooth surface rather than twisted yarns (like a crepe or georgette) so that you can get crisper lines.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff