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by sally
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Purple dye
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: Purple dye

although there is a tiny fragment of textile from Viking(?) age Dublin dyed purple with local dog whelks. I have the references somewhere, but not to hand at this moment. Its not therefore totally impossible to make shellfish purple in Britain, but agreed that the reference will be based on wider re...
by sally
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: As I am now in a position to do so
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: As I am now in a position to do so

You might find a cloak less incongruous looking than a brolly
by sally
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Hy Friends !
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: Hy Friends !

Henri, as far as we know, cats seem to have self domesticated. There are neolithic sites in Britain (offhand cant recall which but they are mentioned in the writeup of the Stonehenge landscape that EH brought out a few years ago) that indicate undomesticated wildcats living on the fringes of settlem...
by sally
Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: As I am now in a position to do so
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: As I am now in a position to do so

boots should be no problem, Tod at Foxblade has always been able to sort me out various shoes and boots for Gareth in a UK14 and any of the made to measure makers will be working from your exact measurements anyway
by sally
Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:59 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Candles
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Candles

and just in case you haven't seen them, here are the oldest surviving beeswax candles- 6th/7th C https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/ ... flacht.jpg
by sally
Tue Nov 01, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Candles
Replies: 3
Views: 344

Re: Candles

any particular dateline? Flax definately though, linen wicks are still very nice to use today. Not sure about hemp wicks offhand, but wouldn't surprise me
by sally
Sat Oct 29, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rucksacks
Replies: 1
Views: 347

Re: Rucksacks

depends which way to want to hopscotch through fragments of material culture, Compare and contrast to the chalcolithic 'Otzi' backpack for example...
by sally
Thu Sep 29, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Miniature Weapons in Roman Britain

who did you email? I may be able to suggest some more targetted email addresses if you just used a generic one
by sally
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Walnut Dye for leather
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Re: Walnut Dye for leather

is it the dry shell or the wet husk you need? Usually its the wet husk that stains everything it touches brown for ages
by sally
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB Shield boss
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: WTB Shield boss

Jason is my first choice when I want something made to a specific grave spec. Iron Age ....covers a big chunk of time though...and bosses do change a lot. yep, and this is for a 'school dressing up' shield towards the end of the Iron Age, so whilst I want to get the effect right, its also got to wo...
by sally
Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Buy and Sell
Topic: WTB Shield boss
Replies: 5
Views: 329

WTB Shield boss

Who sells shield bosses these days? Ideally something that won't look totally out of place on an Iron Age shield but could be useful to see what else is out there too :) thanks
by sally
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Salop
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: Salop

I'm reasonably certain all wild orchids regardless of species in the UK are protected under CITES, so the only way you could harvest roots to make salep these days is to grow them yourself in land specially set by for harvesting, and even then, you may need extensive paperwork to satisfy the CITES r...
by sally
Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Advice needed: H&S and Displaying wool
Replies: 8
Views: 878

Re: Advice needed: H&S and Displaying wool

The pregnancy thing that pops up periodically is usually is to do with the possibility of picking up listeria or other bacterial infection from recently lambed ewes, and as fleece isn't shorn until a couple of months after lambing, that shouldn't be a major risk in practice. The other biggies are th...
by sally
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Card payments
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Re: Card payments

If you and your client have phones that connect to the internet, you can go direct to paypal to make payments, plus some banks also do automatic transfers by phone (Barclays is called Pingit I think) We've successfully taken paypal payments by phone at shows far less painfully than the year when we ...
by sally
Wed Mar 30, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shadow light designs stock.
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: Shadow light designs stock.

TORM is one of the biggest, also the Cambridge Living History Fair is very nice, and there is the National Living History Fair, I think there is also now a South West one
by sally
Wed Mar 30, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Shadow light designs stock.
Replies: 4
Views: 589

Re: Shadow light designs stock.

You could list them all on Ebay and see what prices things fetch, but then you have all the fun of parcelling them up and posting them. What about booking a table at one of the big fairs though and having one last sale weekend, gives you a chance to catch up with people who knew your mum at the same...
by sally
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Help please native American dress
Replies: 4
Views: 729

Re: Help please native American dress

if you are going with 'quality dressing up' rather than 'specific place and time' level of accuracy, you might find chamois a good economical substitute for buckskin. Both are oil tanned and chamois has a good drape and takes beading well.Perhaps a tunic in that and the cloth for a skirt would be a ...
by sally
Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rucksacks
Replies: 1
Views: 623

Re: Rucksacks

you may be thinking of the Otzi backpack, significantly earlier (chalcolithic) than your dateline so I wouldn't use it as a reference for a Saxon impression
by sally
Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Celtic Chariot
Replies: 4
Views: 1131

Re: Celtic Chariot

Looking good! I'll have some fabrics to show you for soft kit in the next day or so, just excavating the lower strata of the fabric stash looking for something in particular...
by sally
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:17 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Writing paper and writing resources.
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Writing paper and writing resources.

Griffen Mill make wonderful replica paper for most datelines, bound to be at least one of theirs that fits your dateline. http://www.griffenmillhandmadepaper.com/

Most people make their own oak gall ink, its easy to do and you can't run out that way :)
by sally
Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume help for book cover - England 1294
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Costume help for book cover - England 1294

just for starters, as she's the person who leapt to mind, have a look at Prior Attire's gallery in the medieval section. I have no idea whether she would consider licencing you an image or not, but a few polite emails to her or any of the other costumiers you'll find via these forums and the living ...
by sally
Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume help for book cover - England 1294
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Costume help for book cover - England 1294

those are all utterly hideous! Sorry, but fancy dress images like that are a real turn off on a book cover. Have you had a chat to any of the costumiers (such as Prior Attire) who go to huge lengths to do artistic photography of their projects to see if it might be possible to licence a suitable ima...
by sally
Fri Nov 27, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WW1 tunic
Replies: 3
Views: 718

Re: WW1 tunic

This might help, but do make careful reference to images of the exact date tunic you want to replicate to be sure you are using the right notes
http://historyoffashiondesign.com/part- ... -uniforms/
by sally
Sun Nov 08, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Old Kids On The Block - Palaeolithic re-enactment
Replies: 1
Views: 1430

Re: Old Kids On The Block - Palaeolithic re-enactment

are you going to the European Stone Age Festival in N Germany next summer? Looks like there will be a fair contingent of UK prehistorians going and the organiser has said it would be nice to see more paleo
by sally
Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medlars
Replies: 6
Views: 974

Re: Medlars

blett just means to soften by almost-but-not-quite rotting. Its one stage on from, for example, an apple going a bit soft and squashy
by sally
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval garden tools
Replies: 11
Views: 1226

Re: Medieval garden tools

if you let me have the specifications for the styles you decide on, Gareth is planning a run of forge days over the winter an may be able to assist
by sally
Fri Aug 28, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English Civil War period hats for men
Replies: 4
Views: 1344

Re: English Civil War period hats for men

There are knitting patterns for Monmouth hats on ravelry.com. Easy to make if you knit in the round but make sure you get a yarn which will felt - Merino wool works best and, being from Oz, is fairly easy to obtain I'd actually suggest avoiding Merino for a Monmouth or most other historic hats, it ...
by sally
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sprang
Replies: 4
Views: 1089

Sprang

I've been working on improving my sprang hairnets recently, whilst the technique isn't anything complicated, its a fine balance between getting just the right yarn and getting the twists densely packed enough to get a good finish. Am pleased with this one, the yarn is but very firmly twisted and str...
by sally
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Gent's white hose
Replies: 1
Views: 601

Re: WTB Gent's white hose

I make stockings to order. I can get a 'bleached' white in wool, but the silk yarn I use only comes in undyed at the moment.
www.sallypointer.com/shop
by sally
Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Egyptian shenti
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Egyptian shenti

In some cases that triangular flap may be the front of the loincloth pulled up over the kilt, though I'd agree its far from clear exactly what is going on. Funnily enough I'm making Egyptian kit next week so I'll report back when I've decided exactly what I'm doing for the male version

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