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by Xioumi
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Almond Milk
Replies: 12
Views: 3063

Re: Almond Milk

Slightly off-topic but has anyone tried Artisan du Chocolat's non-dairy milk chocolate made with almond milk? It's absolutely divine. If you are dairy intolerant but like milk chocolate you'll love it.
by Xioumi
Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any idea where I could find this pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: Any idea where I could find this pattern?

Thank you all, your help was much appreciated.
by Xioumi
Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any idea where I could find this pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: Any idea where I could find this pattern?

Thanks Shadowcat. I do know that the dress was made by the brides mother and that she used a pattern but do you think I can find the details about it again?? Any and all help and suggestions are appreciated.
by Xioumi
Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any idea where I could find this pattern?
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Any idea where I could find this pattern?

Not strictly a re-enactment related post. I'm not quite sure what era it's from (20thC isn't my strong point) but I really want to find the pattern for it this dress as I want it for my wedding dress. Failing that is there anyone on here that thinks they can replicate it for me? Any help is much app...
by Xioumi
Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: jewels
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: jewels

Usually gems were in some kind of setting and then the setting was stitched onto the fabric. There are examples of drillled stones here and there being stiched directly on but they are the exeption rather than the rule.
by Xioumi
Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8117

Re: Fur yes or no???

But it's very pretty! And as Colin said I doubt anyone will come up to you and say that it's wrong. It is entirely possible that ceremonial cloaks may have been mase from other fabrics than wool. There aren't really many extant examples to compare and it is often difficult to determine a type of fab...
by Xioumi
Sat Nov 21, 2009 12:01 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8117

Re: Fur yes or no???

Sorry if you thought I was criticizing you in any way - I really wasn't. I'm genuinely interested in those sources but am more than totally familiar with the 'I know I've seen it somewhere in a book' thinkg and never manage to remember which one ever again! Yes the nobility and the rich liked to sho...
by Xioumi
Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fur yes or no???
Replies: 67
Views: 8117

Re: Fur yes or no???

It's fairly easy to tell the difference between medieval art and sculpture and the pictures and restorations done by the victorians. For example books by Mary J Houston and Herbert Norris rely heavily on these victorian interpretations and if being used for research purposes should be taken with a b...
by Xioumi
Sun Oct 04, 2009 11:40 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Medieval Dress and Fashion
Replies: 1
Views: 628

I love this book. It's just so damn pretty! Her other books are great too if you are lucky enough to find them.
by Xioumi
Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2551

Sorry I haven't replied sooner. I can't be more helpful as to the supplier of the silk velvet I purchaced earlier last year. I bought it through a friend who ordered a roll and according to her the original supplier isn't stocking it at the moment but that may change in the future. I'll let you know...
by Xioumi
Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rosaries, Crucifix and Cross Pendants
Replies: 29
Views: 3422

Colin I am not saying that every aspect of an illustration/effigy etc has to be symbolic. We know that many effigies were carved from a template, customized for the client which was probably dependant on how much of a customization they could afford and what station they were. But effigies have thei...
by Xioumi
Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rosaries, Crucifix and Cross Pendants
Replies: 29
Views: 3422

Again be careful when interpreting tomb effigies and such. Especially tomb effigies. For example you see a lot of ladies wearing heraldic gowns on effigies yet their existence is highly unlikely. Adornements such as purses and jewellery are more likely to be representative of something in that perso...
by Xioumi
Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rosaries, Crucifix and Cross Pendants
Replies: 29
Views: 3422

That is to say that if we can find some portraits, it probably means that some pious laymen wore them when they wanted to look pious Yes and no :) Even if a picture isn't allegorical that isn't to say that there aren't allegorical elements to it, especially in portraiture. Remember that in this era...
by Xioumi
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rosaries, Crucifix and Cross Pendants
Replies: 29
Views: 3422

I suppose you would also need to look at the allegorical aspect of art as well. What a person is wearing eg; colours, fabric, cut of cloth and jewellery may be trying to indicate something specific about that person. Like the wearing of an alms purse is supposed to symbolise their charity, and in th...
by Xioumi
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Lots of free music! :)
Replies: 12
Views: 3924

Also www.spielleut.de/musik The site is in german but it's still pretty understandable.
by Xioumi
Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Excellent Reference Material
Replies: 2
Views: 1054

I've seen those books too and although they are lovely, they are written with a victorian view of the middle ages and a lot of his drawings of garments of the period are nothing like the originals he has 'interpreted' from. For example there is a garment he credits to a Lancelot du Lac manuscript in...
by Xioumi
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2551

It was from a supplier in Germany I think. It only came in white so you could dye it yourself (haven't been brave enough to do that yet!). A friend ordered a bolt and a number of us divvied it up. I will get the supplier info for you as soon as I can (ie, not at work). I wasn't really intending on s...
by Xioumi
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2551

I'm afraid I don't really see the point of using cotton velvet as a substitute in costuming as it looks nothing like silk velvet. Also affordable silk velvet can be found if you look hard enough. I have some that I bought at about £30 a yard and it is 100% silk, not the silk ground/viscose pile ofte...
by Xioumi
Fri Nov 21, 2008 7:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 2551

Cotton Velvet

Cotton Velvet - Does anyone have any evidence for it, particularly in the 14th century. I've always thought it was a re-enactorism but a friend of mine swears blind he has seen evidence for it somewhere. Has anyone else come across any evidence fr it's existence in the medieval period and where, 'co...
by Xioumi
Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Finished dress :)
Replies: 25
Views: 3247

Would putting more lacing rings on and closer together make a difference? Not that the problem is that noticable anyway. You look lovely:)
by Xioumi
Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: On cuffs
Replies: 42
Views: 3960

Lidi I think the green of your silk looks more 'acid' in your photo rather than it does in real life (I'm familiar with the silk you have) and I have seen very bright greens not dissimilar to it produced with natural dyes, not by me I might add, it was during a workshop I was attending. With regards...
by Xioumi
Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Earrings in the 15th Century
Replies: 11
Views: 2697

Actually Spain and Eastern Europe are pretty exotic at that time. Moorish and Byzantine influences on the fashions of Spain and eastern europe are pretty pronounced and very different to the court fashions of England. I don't see how some 12th Spanish earrings have any relevance when it comes to whe...
by Xioumi
Sun Jun 22, 2008 10:21 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Dordrecht recorder
Replies: 6
Views: 5154

Mr Bleazey's instruments are a joy to play. I highly reccomend them :)
Try this link for some early surviving examples of medieval recorders. It has some very lovely pictures.
http://www.recorderhomepage.net/torture2.html
by Xioumi
Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How can I tell if it's pure wool?
Replies: 15
Views: 1301

Try putting some neat bleach in an old jam jar and a teensy snippett of the fabric you wish to test. If it is a natural fibre it will dissolve completely and a synthetic won't.
by Xioumi
Thu Feb 28, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: New Jousting helm.
Replies: 19
Views: 3323

I'm great Rob - moving house again and recently engaged.
I thought it might have been Alex's. He does such lovely work, and of course you wear it so well :wink:
When are you over in this part of the world next?
Amanda
by Xioumi
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: New Jousting helm.
Replies: 19
Views: 3323

That's really pretty Rod. Who made it?
Amanda
by Xioumi
Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Can anybody help? :)
Replies: 39
Views: 3315

Hi Lidi
You might find this link helpful. In the least it has other examples of dresses made in a similar style for you to study. Hope it helps.
http://cadieux.mediumaevum.com/nuremburg.html
Amanda
by Xioumi
Tue Oct 02, 2007 3:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What's this hat made of?
Replies: 19
Views: 2736

I have always thought of it as being made out of ermine pelts sans tails.
Amanda
by Xioumi
Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norman ladies shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 2800

I wonder, does anyone have any later mediaeval evidence for women's leg coverings? You can also see a pair on a woman in the Tres Riches Heures winter scene. The one where two women and a man are sharing the communal facilities. You can tell it's definately a woman as she and the man are helpfully ...
by Xioumi
Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Banquet table settings
Replies: 12
Views: 2096

These people may be able to help you
http://www.timetarts.co.uk/
Amanda

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