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by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1780's Thrummed Cap & other costume - Last Chance to See!
Replies: 0
Views: 583

1780's Thrummed Cap & other costume - Last Chance to See!

Some knitted artefacts from the wreck of The General Carleton are currently still on display at the Capt. Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby. http://www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk/ They are on loan from the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk and are going home to Poland at the end of October. The vessel was o...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Books on History of Tablet Weaving
Replies: 15
Views: 3460

Re: Books on History of Tablet Weaving

Collingwood covered all that in a way that was so exhaustive I doubt anyone else will ever supercede. Be wary which edition you have. The book was reprinted by a US publisher (Interweave I think?) who filled it with errata. Mr Collingwood sold this edition direct - I was lucky enough to get one - fi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: herstory writing & interpretation
Replies: 9
Views: 2025

Re: herstory writing & interpretation

Who's the publisher? :)
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: tarot and medieval times
Replies: 18
Views: 3578

Re: tarot and medieval times

The answers to all these qs are in Stuart Kaplan's Encyclopedias of Tarot http://www.amazon.co.uk/Encyclopedia-Tarot-Stuart-R-Kaplan/dp/157281540X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269270354&sr=1-1 That said, I just clocked the prices. I got em when they weren't OOP, no doubt. :D From what...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7039

I don't bother with a wrist distaff - simply wrap a long diz around my wrist. Works quite well, particularly when wearing a long sleeved kirtle or gown. Sophia :D LOL Fair play to you! :D I must admit I favour a wrist distaff because it gives me an excuse to tablet weave very small lengths of braid...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7039

Fishwife's carders are very good. I have some old, very nice worn in Schact (US made) cards - bought years ago and they work fine but... Fishwife's are now my weapon of choice since I got them have hardly touched my Schacts. They didn't seem to even need breaking in, either. Huge recommend. (And she...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7039

Don't bother with lustre longwools (e.g. Wensleydale) - they're a post-Agricultural Revolution innovation. Not quite. Cotswolds are longwool lustrous types and they are thought to descend from a Roman type of sheep - at least 2000 years old. So you can't generalise. Of course folk had longwools in ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7039

Nah. They're from South America. I have no clue about 'foreign' sheeps, only the British ones. Although in a sense the concept of breeds and improvement of them for various characteristics is really an Agricultural Revolution type concept (post 1750, England then colonies of). We do have some more o...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:36 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 14256

Somewhere around 1980 or 1981, there was a big bust up (plus ca change) in our ECWS regiment, deposing the C.O., (or maybe he deposed himself, I can't remember)who took a few people with him. We were left with a regt we built up from ground zero, not a bad thing as it turned out as a few years down ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:59 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Carders
Replies: 10
Views: 2647

Here's the book on combing http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hand-Wool-Combing-Spinning-spinning-wheel/dp/0713716452 But as a Tudor female, you wouldn't be combing! You can find loads of tutorials on carding (and combing) on YouTube - some very much better than others! It's very hard to learn carding from a b...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carders
Replies: 10
Views: 2647

Should point out for re-enactment (if you're female) you're better off with carders as woolcombing was a 'mystery' - ie: a skilled trade practised profeesionally, by men. You'd not be likely to see a woman combing wool, post medieval - unless you're doing Viking period in which case using Viking com...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:00 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

I have some sheets precisely the same colour as Sir Cotton de Tradeurs' outfit - think I know where he got the material from. :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

Where to start with this one?

http://www.costumerating.com/index.php?i=155
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

Maybe he's a regular down the Queen Vic. Pete Beale had one of them over the bar in 'Eastenders' years ago.... :D How about this one? http://www.costumerating.com/index.php?i=157 I can't quite figure out which period he is. But there's certain clubs in Manchester where he'd be quite a popular lad wi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

I think he's the King of Canaries.

Fine figure of a man. (Is there an emoticon for 'snigger'?)

And now I have itchy trigger finger - sooo tempted to raid that Photobucket. Will have to come up with a good nom de guerre first.... :wink:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

This bloke was meant to be high status too, according to the captions, Lord Fol de Rol or somesuch... and his very clearly machine sewn chapeau was a sort of nasty, washed out (raggy at the edges) cheap material, too. But then their plebs were wearing stuff that would have put the royal family to sh...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Things that make you go '!'
Replies: 141
Views: 13723

The Viscount's is 15thC women wearing soldier's livery coats over their women clothes. Wouldn't they be executed for cross dressing, he says. Ditto 17thC children in miniature soldier's coats. He's always hated that. I found a website yesterday - bit dodgy as they had to link to Photobucket for thei...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:15 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: richard iii, the maligned king
Replies: 5
Views: 1199

I don't think he was remotely 'maligned' by Shakespeare. Shakespeare was merely using Holinshead as a source and reflected the sources he had to hand. Plus he had to be politically 'careful'. I don't understand why 'historians' can never figure that out when GCSE English kiddies probably know it. :l...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Carders
Replies: 10
Views: 2647

Mulberry Dyer had some, a while back:

http://www.tmdevents.co.uk/index.php?cP ... dfc1540c6d
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:44 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Tattoos
Replies: 22
Views: 11114

I think someone experimented with tattooing with woad - and the bottom line was - it don't work. May well have been able to use some sort of mineral based colour, though? But I suspect what the Romans were looking at - were painted, rather than tattooed, people. Aren't some of those bog people tatto...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Feb 16, 2009 4:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Tattoos
Replies: 22
Views: 11114

Australian genealogy sites may be useful, like http://www.sag.org.au/ What you need to track down are the Tickets of Leave. Leave Tickets often contain descriptions, including identifying marks. They were issued when cons got to the end of their term (except lifers, who never got Leave and were neve...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Oct 31, 2008 1:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: 15C Romani Images
Replies: 5
Views: 1672

Not sure, but would love to see the answer from someone who knows about this. Just a thought but what about Fool or Magician images from the earlier Tarot decks, like Visconti or Sola Busca? Not that they come from romani sources obviously, but is it poss there may be representations of 'vagabonds' ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:02 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3252

Yog is an odd'n, in the recipes (albeit 14th & 15thC not Anglo Saxon)I've been reading it gets used for all sorts of back of the throat/nasally sounds: y in 'Ȝolkus/Ȝelkes of ayren' and 'icoloured Ȝeolue' and 'Þou miht holden Þurh alle Ȝer' i/y in'Ȝef Þou nast non oÞur ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Don't mention the war...
Replies: 48
Views: 4683

Yes, Sally when I taught I used to use the museums loan service (which very few colleagues seemed to even know about let alone use!) Once we did the 1950s and we got loads of great stuff and the kids did try the clothes on etc - but that was in the context of working with me - who they knew and trus...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Don't mention the war...
Replies: 48
Views: 4683

I've seen the old dress them up as different social classes so many times now, though - there's got to be other things to do? Depends on where you're working but it's a potential minefield. My concern here also was more Lucy protecting herself from problems. I'd say she can't afford to take the teac...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Sep 12, 2008 12:35 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Don't mention the war...
Replies: 48
Views: 4683

No, you don;t have to be a catholic at all - in fact I'm about as close to the antichrist as you're going to find anywhere - and I worked in RC and C of E schools, with gay abandon. (RC are good as we used to watch the racing on the classs telly after the kids had gone home when I had a good Catholi...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Teach Yourself Old English
Replies: 14
Views: 3252

Ooh thanks for that Hræfn. Ooh just listened - that's very ... transtatlantic that accent! He's also mispronouncing a couple of things - the 'Ȝ' sound he's doing as a hard 'g' like in Mdn English which is a bit of a screaming boo boo. Fun though and I will listen a lot simply to hear the Old En...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Interesting Deposition
Replies: 1
Views: 678

Sounds like it. Six quid though? That would be half a year's wages for a lot of people, wouldn't it?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 4292

Ah well "svörtuðum" (and assuming it's what I think it is) is more 'dark' thank specifically 'black' but these things are very subjective. You could call it either way, depending on context etc. Makes me wonder if it doesn't refer to a process rather than how it looks, if that makes sense?...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 4292

'Svart-' (as in 'swarthy' in English) I'd translate nearer to 'darkened' than 'black' - it's 'made darker' - not accurately translated as 'blackened'. If the original has a word with a 'svart-' stem in (and am not clear from the above what the actual ON words are?) then I don;t see where the transla...

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