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by Meg
Fri May 15, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Needles/thread for use on camp (wotr)
Replies: 11
Views: 2081

Colin - I'd be really grateful for details of the steel needle-maker (I'm sure we could make that into a wonderful tongue-twister!), if you don't mind...

Thanks
Meg
by Meg
Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Channel 4 Heston's Feasts - Tuesdays & Repeating on Satu
Replies: 29
Views: 7211

Hraefn...

:D
by Meg
Thu Apr 26, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Quince jelly/marmalade
Replies: 7
Views: 3376

Quince jelly/marmalade

Hi I'm holding a banquet in September and wanted to serve quince jelly with cheese at the end of the meal. I'm quite happy to have a go at making the jelly/marmalade/stuff myself, but so far I've had no luck sourcing a reliable supply of quinces! I also have a horrible feeling that they won't be rip...
by Meg
Wed Apr 25, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: In need of some help!! Any would be greatfully accepted!
Replies: 10
Views: 2864

My degree was History & Archaeology (joint honours) and I've been re-enacting for more than 10 years. PM me if I can help.

Sian
by Meg
Tue Feb 27, 2007 2:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pure silk stockings
Replies: 78
Views: 10106

Pure silk stockings, mmm... Why no knitted stickings in the 15th century, darn it!
by Meg
Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Natural Dyeing Workshop 24th March
Replies: 1
Views: 925

Damn - would have loved to go, but am having new kitchen delivered that weekend and can't make it. Will there be another one, do you know?

Thanks
Sian
by Meg
Fri Jan 19, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Long haired types - how do you get your hair to stay tied?
Replies: 26
Views: 3447

Hi I also have waist-length thick hair, and (when dressing it out of sight of the public) use a small, unobtrusive dark brown elastic. I then cover this with linen tape/ribbon. This works well for 1 plait or 2. If dressing it in view of the public, would use thin leather thonging and resign myself t...
by Meg
Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton velvet
Replies: 9
Views: 1796

Hi Some really interesting thoughts, thanks. Re velvet being ridiculously expensive and having to be stinking rich, we do portray a 14-th century noble house, so that's ok-ish (my other gowns are silk). I like the idea about the silk ground/synthetic pile... might have a look out for something that ...
by Meg
Mon Nov 27, 2006 3:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton velvet
Replies: 9
Views: 1796

Cotton velvet

Hi A discussion with a (relatively new) member of my group turned up an interesting question. As silk velvets are either a) affordable but not really 'silk' (at least not all the way through), or b) 'proper' silk but completely unaffordable, I have always compromised with cotton velvet. However, my ...
by Meg
Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 5185

Hi Karen Yup, that final reference on the 'Billy and Charlie' page is almost exactly what I meant. It's not quite the same, but definitely along the right lines (see the 'Urswyck' brass for details of what I plan to make - not exactly the same as my first, experimental Burgundian, but definitely a r...
by Meg
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 5185

Hi Wow - thanks again, all of you. Gina/Sophia - you're right re the bunching effect, the gown was a bit of an experiment (I wasn't sure whether it should be very full throughout then gathered by the belt, or more closely fitted at the top, and ended up with a dress that's neither one thing nor t'ot...
by Meg
Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 5185

Hi All Thanks so much for the ideas, I'm really very humbly grateful for your help. While I think about it, does anyone have any thoughts on the annoying 'bunching' effect of my Burgundian? (2nd pic shows this best). Last night I did some more digging and managed to find some references that are muc...
by Meg
Thu Sep 21, 2006 7:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 5185

Hi Karen I was wearing a thin woollen kirtle underneath the silk gown, linen-lined to the hips for extra support (I am not under-endowed in the bust department, which can be both a blessing and a curse!). The gown was mostly triangular, narrowing to a loose semi-fitted shape at the bust and shoulder...
by Meg
Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 5185

15th c Burgundian gown - belt options

Hi Am hoping someone much more knowledgeable than me might be able to help. I'm planning to make a second Burgundian gown, but have found that my first, although gorgeous (tho' I say it myself) doesn't suit me as well as I'd hoped. I think part of the reason is the gown belt - correctly made, sized ...
by Meg
Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Hussite Armour
Replies: 25
Views: 3420

Have been lurking, but this is far too funny to ignore.

Dickie, I just luuurve it when you go all religious-fanatical on us :lol:
by Meg
Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Crimes against Authenticity
Replies: 116
Views: 14973

My lot are sort of having the weekend off too - a nice bonus for the poor committee! We'll be there and we'll be authentic, but I'm not being uber-nazi about it as I usually would. We'll be camped in the Lancastrian campsite at the far end of the battlefield again - bliss! Ok, further away from the ...
by Meg
Mon May 22, 2006 1:45 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Photos from the Joust for the Sword of Honor, RA, Leeds
Replies: 7
Views: 4290

Gwen

Fab photos! Thanks for posting them - wish I could have been there! Rupert and I finally heard the scoresby text message, which wasn't quite the same!

That bridle is beautiful, I'm so impressed. Love Dom's new doublet, too :wink:

Sian
by Meg
Wed Apr 05, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Varieties
Replies: 7
Views: 1831

Glutinous rice, mmm... Back to my 14th c honey and almond rice pudding, I think! I thought that rice was generally used as rice flour, for thickening etc, rather than in normal 'grain' form (which is why the rice pudding recipe originally stuck in my mind as being atypical) ... Typically, though, I ...
by Meg
Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:58 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Surprise foods
Replies: 6
Views: 2250

Surprise foods

Sparking off something the Pepperer mentioned in my 'carob' thread, I thought I'd start a new one: What foods have surprised you by turning up in contexts you wouldn't have imagined? Badly phrased, but you know what I mean. When researching food I keep coming across things I hadn't expected, and I b...
by Meg
Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Carob
Replies: 11
Views: 3292

I do like this forum Thank you so much, all of you. Re original provenance, the only evidence my friend could offer was 'We did it, so it must be right!' - Grymm, you're one of his formative influences, so I'll blame you for that one It clearly doesn't seem to have been used as a chocolate substitut...
by Meg
Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Carob
Replies: 11
Views: 3292

Carob

Hi everyone A re-enactor friend of mine, with a pretty impressive pedigree, swears blind that carob was used in mid-late 15th c England. I've looked and looked, but unless I'm being dense (always a possibility), I've seen no evidence of this. It's starting to cause arguments, so I'm keen to resolve ...
by Meg
Mon Mar 13, 2006 2:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Authentic Butchery (warning - graphic!)
Replies: 22
Views: 5583

Really interesting thread - reminds me of my dissertation, actually! For those who remember the Dead-Bambi Project, you'll know exactly what I mean. For those who don't, or weren't around (on the old site) 2 years ago, my undergrad dissertation was based around the 'unmaking' of a deer, as described...
by Meg
Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs and Spices
Replies: 20
Views: 4900

Grymm Count me in... Might save me having to ask you for culinary tips so often! <remembers> Me: "I bet there's nothing we can do with these stale biscuits..." Grymm: "Medieval gingerbread... bit cheaty but never mind..." The Assembled Masses: "Mmmmmm....." Ask him about Spanish Pap, go on...!
by Meg
Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

And another one! Same website, different page: m This one refers to a woman wearing earrings in the reign of James 1: In James I's letter to his son in Spain, among other jewels sent for the Infanta, is a "head dressing of two and twenty great peare pearles; and ye shall give her three goodlie peare...
by Meg
Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

Another update - isn't it strange how things keep turning up once you start looking for them! The website is m I certainly don't agree with everything the author says, but she makes interesting reference to a quote from Stubbs in 1583, where he mentions the women as being so far bewitched, as "they ...
by Meg
Sun Jan 15, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

Shadowcat - poor you! Deepest sympathies for the aching fingers (and head) that you're bound to have.

No immediate panic about the pics, I was just fascinated by the idea! Whenever you get round to it, don't worry, and thanks for offering to dig them out so I can gawp!
by Meg
Sun Jan 15, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

Hi Shadowcat

That's a very interesting idea, and not something I've come across yet - in what sort of context would these earring-esque thingies be found? I'd love to have a look!

Thanks
Meg
by Meg
Thu Jan 12, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

It's getting quiet in here - where is everyone?! Thanks for the snippet of info about Mary and ears, Susie - that'll be a lovely one to trot out next season! OK, back to the subject. Last night, while looking for something completely different (isn't it always the way?!), I found a very interesting ...
by Meg
Thu Jan 05, 2006 2:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

Thanks Annie an Ysengrin Sorry, Ysengrin, I don't quite understand - are you saying there are earrings depicted in the Manesse Codex (if that's what your illustrations are from - my apologies if I'm wrong about that, I'm typing this in a bit of a hurry at work!). If so, that gives a provenance for t...
by Meg
Wed Jan 04, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8572

I've just found one in a Bosch painting - well, possibly two actually. 1485 - 1490. m (don't know how to make it a link, I'm afraid, so you'll have to cut and paste). Definitely looks like two earrings - Veronica (I think) - lady in pale blue - seems to have a dropped pearl earring, although it may ...