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by tanyabentham
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Viking silver arm ring
Replies: 0
Views: 2961

Viking silver arm ring

Replica of one from the watlington hoard. Hall marked sterling silver. 67g. A approx 8cm internal diameter.

Hammered taper, quite labour intensive, a fair bit of work went into this.

£240 plus post
by tanyabentham
Mon Jul 10, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: Viking Gotland Christian Cross
Replies: 4
Views: 2308

Re: Viking Gotland Christian Cross

what's zamac?
by tanyabentham
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Suppliers
Replies: 64
Views: 69919

Re: Fabric Suppliers

I've used laxey woollen mills quite a bit. not the cheapest but fantastic quality and fast service. cheaper than many tweed mills though
by tanyabentham
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: ww1 soldier opportunity
Replies: 0
Views: 4736

ww1 soldier opportunity

Don't contact me, contact the school. I was at Harewood primary in thornaby, Stockton, this week, and one of the teachers was asking if I do ww1 soldiers, which I don't. If you do, you might try ringing them and offering your services
by tanyabentham
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century, female dress question.
Replies: 4
Views: 5653

Re: 15th century, female dress question.

I'd say partlet, just black. if you look carefully a partlet of fine linen or silk is nearly always worn with the burgundian style gown(probably just for modesty), and its something you rarely see at reenactments. the black one would make sense when warmth was needed
by tanyabentham
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: silk types for early medeival
Replies: 0
Views: 2392

silk types for early medeival

sorry but I cross posted this to the period specific section as well... I'm trying to decide which silk from my stash to use to line the sleeves of a c12th bliaut style frock. The main dress will be a repro silk brocade from sartor, I need a contrast or tone colour I have satin, and I know satins ok...
by tanyabentham
Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: silk types
Replies: 0
Views: 2703

silk types

I'm trying to decide which silk from my stash to use to line the sleeves of a c12th bliaut style frock. The main dress will be a repro silk brocade from sartor, I need a contrast or tone colour I have satin, and I know satins ok for c12th, but what I have is very dark blue and I'm not sure it works....
by tanyabentham
Wed Jul 20, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)
Replies: 5
Views: 4813

Re: Knight & Lady 'bling' - guidance/sources? (13thc.)

I agree with Brendan, really good soft kit is a must - theres really no point blinging up your outfit if it's made of the wrong fabric, or a brocade with a pattern not appropriate to your period. try sartor bohemia for period silk brocades if you want to really bling (avoid the rayons, narsty nasty ...
by tanyabentham
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lutrell psalter
Replies: 0
Views: 2171

Lutrell psalter

My new hanging based on the marginalia ... nd-finale/
by tanyabentham
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery Frame - high medieval
Replies: 1
Views: 5786

Re: Embroidery Frame - high medieval

I use a simple square frame which was made by simon dunn of history in the making
by tanyabentham
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: Medieval embroidery
Replies: 0
Views: 5568

Medieval embroidery

by tanyabentham
Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Richard the lionheart
Replies: 1
Views: 5737

Richard the lionheart

g]At Nottingham, I can't work out how to add photos, so here's a link ... gham-post/
by tanyabentham
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 7549

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Silks are the ones that I find hardest to spot the synthetics in because silk has a sheen too, but that's life... Colin That's actually really easy. Imitation silk has a cheap shine to it. Real silk has an expensive lustre. Compare the "silk" ( ie viscose pile) velvet sold as silk velvet with the st...
by tanyabentham
Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: embroidery classes for reenactors
Replies: 0
Views: 2034

embroidery classes for reenactors

for those interested in trying something new, I'm teaching some medeival embrodiery classes at the Ashmolean museum, Oxford. booking is on the net or via the oxford playhouse on 01865 305305 ... x#catid=90 23rd May, basics of medieval goldwork 24th May, mediev...
by tanyabentham
Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Embroidery workshops
Replies: 0
Views: 1911

Embroidery workshops

There are still a couple of places available at the Weald and downland museum this weekend. Laid and couched embroidery, and medieval gilded appliqué ... /textiles/
by tanyabentham
Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help needed for 17C costume making!
Replies: 14
Views: 5675

Re: Help needed for 17C costume making!

if you'd like help with embroidery contact me via my blog
by tanyabentham
Thu Jul 17, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: roman jewel
Replies: 1
Views: 6007

roman jewel

reconstructed by kind permission, find from roman aldborough ... ing-about/
by tanyabentham
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: staff
Replies: 0
Views: 2828


I have a couple of free weekends in August and would like to do somethings, so if any traders would like an extra staff member at events please pm me, I can come up with costumes for most periods pre regency, and have experience
by tanyabentham
Wed May 21, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: domestic woollen cloth manufacture
Replies: 7
Views: 4618

Re: domestic woollen cloth manufacture

I'd second the thing about spinning, a drop spindle is cheap even if you can't afford a great wheel, and the drop has the advantage of being portable, easily combined with herding animals etc. google the knitting genealogist, who recently wrote and article on her blog about the quality of wool bough...
by tanyabentham
Wed May 21, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Aprons...
Replies: 2
Views: 2966

Re: Aprons...

I spin standing, but I suspect if you're getting lots of whispy bits falling off its a combination of, a, you just need to improve your technique, and b, the fibre you're using isn't of the best quality. Often when begginers are given free fibres to practice on they're not of the best quality, and i...
by tanyabentham
Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rush Hats
Replies: 3
Views: 3242

Re: Rush Hats

I think youre meant to use green rushes. rachel from crafty beggers runs courses from time to time, try weald and downland museum site, they run traditional craft courses
by tanyabentham
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I've got moths
Replies: 12
Views: 6249

Re: I've got moths

spray your house for cat fleas, use the stuff that stays in the carpet and interrupts the breeding cycle - it works on moths just as effectively.

also try to find the matrix (the main nest) and get rid of it, it will be somewhere dark
by tanyabentham
Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Embroidery
Replies: 8
Views: 4679

Re: Embroidery

for beginners a basic tutorial on laid and couched work(bayeux stitch) uses for stem stitch how to do faces in opusanglicanum tech...
by tanyabentham
Sat Apr 13, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 36553

Re: Natural Dyes?

for books try browsing fibrecrafts at george wiel (on the net) they have a variety, they also sell natural dyes and mordnats. for a basic book theres a batsford one called natural dyes and home dyeing thats very good for beginnners its not really a cheap way to do it though, and you need a massive p...
by tanyabentham
Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: new way to clean wool
Replies: 0
Views: 2224

new way to clean wool

I'm one of those people who never ever washes thier wool kit, but recently needed to get oil stains out of wool. boyfriend came up with a high tech solution dyson zorb, designed for carpets. brush it in, leave it for 30 minutes, hoover it off. brilliant ok, so it only removed about 75% of the proble...
by tanyabentham
Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 10089

Re: What does the public see?

I tend to do without, although my eyes are very bad - I do have a rule that I absolutely will not leave site without my glasses though, as I wouldn't be safe to cross a road. I treid and failed contact lenses, and have been considering authentispecs for a few years. My main sticking point is that I'...
by tanyabentham
Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: labours of the months - october
Replies: 1
Views: 1685

labours of the months - october

I've been working on a little bit of embroidery in my handbag for years, and am up to october, tenth panel of the labours of the months. it will be a wallhanging when I finish it, or tenthanging rather. based on a set of stained glass windows
by tanyabentham
Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: a history of english food - clarrissa dickson wright
Replies: 4
Views: 2731

Re: a history of english food - clarrissa dickson wright

I found it poorly researched and derivative