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by Maerwynn
Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: muddyevil sheep
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: muddyevil sheep

I think you could only suggest that it's suitable for homespun, given the colour and the coarseness. No reason why you shouldn't make sacking out of it though...

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: More seamy ditherings.
Replies: 18
Views: 2809

There's a section on construction techniques in Crowfoot, E., F. Pritchard & K. Staniland, 2001. Textiles and Clothing, C. 1150-c. 1450: Boydell Press, pp150-98. Also complete garments from Greenland in Østergård, E., 2004. Woven into the earth : textiles from Norse Greenland, Aarhus; Oxford: Aa...
by Maerwynn
Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 7129

Don't bother with lustre longwools (e.g. Wensleydale) - they're a post-Agricultural Revolution innovation. A good introduction is the section by Ryder in CBA Research Report no 40 ( Medieval Industries , 1981) - freely available here This is now slightly out of date and more than a little vague but ...
by Maerwynn
Sat Jun 06, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: weaving/loom
Replies: 19
Views: 7243

Paul Atkin: reading through several books, i cant find any evidence of loom weights from a warp weighted loom been found in this country after the tenth century, anyone out there know any different?????????????????????? Yup, that's a large part of the evidence for saying that the two-beam loom larg...
by Maerwynn
Thu Jun 04, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: weaving/loom
Replies: 19
Views: 7243

Yep, that's the thing, Guthrie. Google is a bit rubbish for finding two-beam looms, also called tubular looms or tapiters looms or vertical looms (and probably other things). There are a few pics here: http://larsdatter.com/weaving.htm . Otherwise head for a library (and possibly an interlibrary loa...
by Maerwynn
Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: weaving/loom
Replies: 19
Views: 7243

Hi Ariarnia Warp-weighted looms are pretty much out for the 12th century in the UK, sorry. They'd stopped around 900 in towns but linger on till about 1100 here and there, particularly in rural places. In their place were two other loom types: the two-beam loom, which arrived late in the 9th century...
by Maerwynn
Tue May 12, 2009 1:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Haberget.
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Assuming Carus-Wilson's identification is correct, there's a considerable amount of 2/2 broken diamond twill excavated from Northern Europe. Some at Coppergate , York, some in London , for example. Look in the archaeological reports for pics; these books should be in libraries. It's a cloth-type wit...
by Maerwynn
Tue May 12, 2009 1:18 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval music connected to the Santiago pilgrimage.
Replies: 6
Views: 2850

More Codex Calixtinus here: http://www.amazon.com/Miracles-Santiago ... B0000007F1.

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by Maerwynn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Toile cutting day, Yorkshire?
Replies: 13
Views: 1429

Toile cutting day, Yorkshire?

At TORM, I spoke to a lovely woman from the Clarences (sorry - rubbish at names :oops:) who was working with Sarah Thursfield, and she mentioned that she was organising a day for all the newbies in the Clarences and other 15th century gangs in the area to get together for a kit making day and a bit ...
by Maerwynn
Sun Sep 28, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 17860

why have hats all but disappeared from our society in a matter of decades? Probably in part due to with the advent of central heating and car transport for the masses. Few people now need to be out in the weather for any period, so hats are unnecessary. But it's probably also due to just plain cult...
by Maerwynn
Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: GOTHIC BUILDINGS 1000-1500
Replies: 38
Views: 4292

Oooh, I think I need to go to Carcasonne. That's gorgeous.

Can I nominate the Papal Palace in Avignon or perhaps Aigues-Mortes

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:51 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: What's in Season
Replies: 6
Views: 1610

How about this website: http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/ ? It lists all sorts of exotica but you can just ignore these.

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:54 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Names
Replies: 47
Views: 4341

This is a good resource: http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/

Guess where I got mine? (all of them...)

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Birthdays
Replies: 13
Views: 2811

When my mum was an au pair to a rather grand Franco-Belgian family in the 70s, their kids never celebrated their birthdays, only their namesake saints' days.

OK, not evidence, but...

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pathfinder; is there anything good to come out of it?
Replies: 12
Views: 2331

Had the pleasure of meeting Karl at an event some years ago. He is a very nice chap


Oooooh.... wobbly knees here. You lucky thing!

Maerwynn :D
by Maerwynn
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: And the dress
Replies: 31
Views: 3261

You look absolutely stunning and I am green with envy

<wipes drool off keyboard>azxscvbnm,.;

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 18410

I like the "droning". If sung properly it ain't dull: grab me at a show and ask for a demonstration! Frankly, I'd be doing a mass/office for the music and poetry and nowt else since I don't believe it either, but I do find it aesthetically and intellectually satisfying. So burn me! Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Tue Aug 07, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: looking for book
Replies: 16
Views: 1820

by Maerwynn
Thu Jul 19, 2007 1:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Separate hoods in the dark ages - a re-enactorism?
Replies: 4
Views: 818

Separate hoods in the dark ages - a re-enactorism?

I've been thinking about making myself a hood for my Saxon kit for a while, but when I got round to looking at my books I found no evidence at all for them. Anybody know of any? I mean the separate hood, the over-the-head-and-shoulder-cape thingy, rather than a hood attached to clothes like a monk's...
by Maerwynn
Tue Jul 17, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 18410

I agree, their behaviour was disgraceful.

Incidentally, what about the acceptability to the church of doing the monastic hours at a show, since they are still used?

On the plus side, as far as I know they don't require a priest though.

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mass and Re-Enactment
Replies: 148
Views: 18410

I had always assumed that re-enacting groups were both non religious and non political Yes, the groups are, but every group is attempting to portray accurately a period which had both politics and religion. Recreating the politics doesn't bother people because the issues being argued over are out o...
by Maerwynn
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2049

Aha, Rumbly, I'm getting closer to working out who you are! Fisc isn't full a authenti-team member though she was in training for it. She's definitely attached to the team as a consultant for late Saxon embroidery though - I'm not sure how official this is. Workmonkey: :shock: I read that section of...
by Maerwynn
Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2049

Speak to Chloe and especially Fish on the authenti-team in the Vike - PM me for email addresses.

I suspect the answer is to leave it blank. What stitch are you using?

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:49 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 1992

Go for the Stenton (I like Stenton) and the Campbell (pretty pictures!) which'll probably be more than enough for the summer. The Campbell has an extensive bibliography too. You tend to find that there's nothing between these two (and their ilk) that are general histories, and stuff that focuses on ...
by Maerwynn
Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:30 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Who the hell are you?
Replies: 520
Views: 49925

my wall of books:


Waaah! Library porn!

Since you've shown me yours, I'll show you mine... I'll post a pic on Monday. Not very big at the moment because of moving house regularly, but I do have sheet music in it too.

I'm told I do a good Bene Gesserit impression in my wimple

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Tue May 29, 2007 3:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lucets
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

Thank you, Karen. That looks like something that could be done as an interactive display at a show - extra usefulness!

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Tue May 29, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lucets
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

So does nobody know how the earlier cords were made at all?

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Fri May 25, 2007 12:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon headcovering dimensions
Replies: 14
Views: 979

Tabby weave linen, but I'm afraid I don't know what weight. Fine though.

My long wimple was long enough to go round my head once and tuck into my belt at the back on both sides. Any shorter than that and long wimples are a pain! I much prefer my new half-length one though.

Maerwynn
by Maerwynn
Wed May 23, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon headcovering dimensions
Replies: 14
Views: 979

There are loads of ways of tying a wimple. Unfortunately the two most commonly seen reenactor ways (circular fillet over the wimple like http://www.vikingsonline.org.uk/resources/gallery2006/img_7109.jpg and the headscarf tied at the back of the neck like http://www.vikingsonline.org.uk/resources/ga...
by Maerwynn
Mon May 14, 2007 3:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Probably a very silly question, sorry.
Replies: 14
Views: 1020

That's right. It's very comfy. In practice I do taper my sleeves towards the wrist. On my last pattern they were 9" deep at the shoulder (cut straight, not curved, and set to a straight edge on the body), about 6" at the elbow, and 4" at the wrist. I have also ( :shock: ) cut the body...

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