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by nutmeg_bec
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: steel vs HDPE
Replies: 16
Views: 2777

Re: steel vs HDPE

I've heard of "tin" can lids being pretty good... no idea in practice though.
by nutmeg_bec
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: what can i use insted of silk ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: what can i use insted of silk ?

Fabric Land (Kingston) BTW
by nutmeg_bec
Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: what can i use insted of silk ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: what can i use insted of silk ?

surely not - my local store sells Habutea for about ONE pound a metre - was that a typo?
by nutmeg_bec
Mon Oct 10, 2011 6:19 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kerak Castle Oct 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2830

Re: Kerak Castle Oct 2011

Just wish I could have wangled the week off work to come with you! From what I've heard of middle eastern reenactments (read Saudi), the locals think we're mad/weird/hilarious (odd visions of Griff getting his shins kicked by the kids). Look forward to more photos! Well then, April eh? How much were...
by nutmeg_bec
Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?
Replies: 42
Views: 4248

Re: Do re-enactors REALLY look the part ?

I'm trying desperately to remember the name of the LH museum in America which has just the kind of portrayal many here seem to envisage: Imagine wandering to the edge of the town, onto the farm. As a member of the public you can see a man accross the other side of a field, in period garb (Victorian ...
by nutmeg_bec
Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:49 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: EXAMPLE: Tudor Society Link 1500-1600
Replies: 3
Views: 4328

Re: EXAMPLE: Tudor Society Link 1500-1600

It might help if groups put their location in the title too, not just the group name.
by nutmeg_bec
Tue May 25, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1880's ladies dress query
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: 1880's ladies dress query

I'm 80% certain it was designed for a watch, but since it may have been made for a wedding (though prob worn again afterwards) I'd say a handkerchief of for a coin to put in the church collection.
by nutmeg_bec
Tue May 25, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mrs F's new stays
Replies: 22
Views: 2396

Re: Mrs F's new stays

Glorious! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
by nutmeg_bec
Tue May 26, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: 1810-1900
Topic: 1812 or 1872?
Replies: 5
Views: 1626

Yep, 1872, the gap size between 8 and 2 implies that for me... maybe a tad simple? I don't know...
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:02 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Buzzard Cake
Replies: 5
Views: 3591

From Leighton Buzzard; like Eccles cake perhaps?
by nutmeg_bec
Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton Velvet
Replies: 14
Views: 1254

Any word on the German supplier? The "silk" (20%) velvet I ordered in London last year arrived after a wait of nearly 6 months , and the weight was different to the sample in store: no wonder we have trouble finding out what weight it's "supposed" to be, when it changes from mont...
by nutmeg_bec
Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Pirates Stuff and such.......
Replies: 20
Views: 1361

If you/someone you know is any good at altering patterns, you couldn't go far wrong with a copy of THE CUT OF MENS CLOTHES by Norah Waugh, but it's pretty expensive. There's a number of websites with scans taken of various patterns contained within (all taken from exactant garments, or represent tai...
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:13 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: "First person" re-enactors
Replies: 17
Views: 3202

"First person" re-enactors

I was just wondering whether any/how many people in the tudor/stuart section employ the use of first person, and whether you portray a recognisable character from history (king, queen, courtier, privateer etc etc). I'd love to try this, and wondered where to start (other than the costume - I've got ...
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Nov 07, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian ladies costume pattern - help!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 544

PM'd :)
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 71
Views: 27633

Nearly forgot, Kleins just off Oxford street. they do online selling too (not that I visited London just to go there, but... :lol: )
by nutmeg_bec
Sat Oct 14, 2006 10:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tracking haberdashery shops
Replies: 71
Views: 27633

City Road in Cardiff has quite a few: An embroidery/craft shop, Butterfly (silks a speciality), Terry's Fabrics, Calico and there's another 2 (sorry the names of which slip my mind). Then there's a factory outlet up at Nantgarw (just off the A470), Dominy in Newport, Nantiago in Abergavenny, pontypo...
by nutmeg_bec
Mon Oct 09, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Supportive gowns"- ??????
Replies: 48
Views: 3148

My brocade underdress was made a "little" along the lines of the GFD. Great, until I got out my hunting (long) bow. I trashed all the seams, especially round the arms. I guess these dresses can be just too tight! I've not got much squish-factor, so other than the restrictive nature of the ...
by nutmeg_bec
Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Creating beginners guides (WOTR ~1485)
Replies: 32
Views: 1916

You can get a muddy light green on linen with just nettle tips (I used Iron Sulphate as a mordant).

I suppose you could use the blue really sparingly (trims made from material strips etc) as a bit of a compromise against the cost?
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hardest bit of kit to make ??
Replies: 62
Views: 3702

The buckram I use is from our local haberdashers: hemp fabric, coated with PVA glue (takes a bit of rain, but not much)! :wink: As for the hardest item of clothing? Well, milinery aside, it has to be a gothic fitted dress/underdress/kirtle (or whatever you call it), coz I make all the adjustments on...
by nutmeg_bec
Sat Jun 24, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Homespun Linen -V- Homespun Wool
Replies: 9
Views: 838

There's a lovely carding brush in Brecon museum made from about 16 teasels held together with small battens, I believe it's 19thC. Maybe their use continued later than the medieval period since they're a virtually free option compared to a "modern" metal/wool brush?
by nutmeg_bec
Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nearly Nalebound Socks?
Replies: 45
Views: 2539

Hi Sally (and sorry if the answer to this is posted elsewhere), have you had a thought on how much you'd charge for a pair of stockings made entirely by the machine? (ie no naalbinding upper)
Thanks, Bec.
by nutmeg_bec
Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:57 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Witchraft in Elizabethan times
Replies: 9
Views: 1010

Google it! I typed "Elizabethan Witchcraft", and here's the 1st suggestion: http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-witchcraft-and-witches.htm You'll find there's not many people on this forum who'd have done a project like this, we're more likely to know about Elizabethan clothing, food or mu...
by nutmeg_bec
Tue May 30, 2006 9:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th century working clothes
Replies: 22
Views: 1778

I heard Gerry Embleton used (still does?) to ask builders to wear his clothes on site before they were used for his display models. It's such a rough trade (hard on them I mean), that the clothes became worn very quickly. Only once did he have any problems... the wearer very kindly had the doublet &...
by nutmeg_bec
Wed May 24, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 11415

JC Milwr wrote:I met a small group at Dover about 7 years ago called the Medieval Society who said they had been going since the 60's, anyone else come across them?


The Medieval Society's been going for 35 years :)
They were at Ufton Court (just outside Reading) last weekend :wink:
by nutmeg_bec
Sun May 14, 2006 8:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WOTR Patterns
Replies: 9
Views: 932

I'm curious, what's wrong with "square" quilting - surely it's easier to manufacture, even by hand?
by nutmeg_bec
Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cutting up an old fur coat
Replies: 22
Views: 2207

Jumping back to the issue of cutting, I had a second hand coney coat wich I cut up for trimming. I cut the sleeves in a spiral from cuff to shoulder, which gave a long strip with the fur all pointing in the same direction (admittedly not quite on the perpendicular, but good as - and with a full circ...
by nutmeg_bec
Wed Mar 29, 2006 7:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor Tailor Book and Website
Replies: 14
Views: 1283

Arrived a couple of days ago, I've read it cover to cover and made a toile petticoat already... A BRILLIANT BOOK!! :lol:
by nutmeg_bec
Wed Feb 22, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: UK costume events - anyone up for it?????
Replies: 50
Views: 5525

Sounds like my idea of Heaven, and I'm sure the theatrical/film costumers in the SE would be happy to get involved too. I don't want to criticise any of the re-enactment fairs/markets (which I love , but they seem to concentrate strongly on the medieval/ECW periods, with not much later. Anything whi...
by nutmeg_bec
Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval boots patterns
Replies: 18
Views: 2280

Stepping hrough Time - Goubitz et al: http://www.hedgehoghandworks.com/catalog/BKCT3003.shtml This book is ace for any wannabe shoemaker, it has tools & equipment, reconstructed patterns (*need altering dep on size required*), information on materials and charts changing styles through time. Fan...
by nutmeg_bec
Wed Jan 04, 2006 8:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 14th century head dress
Replies: 9
Views: 1461

You could well feel swamped by the amount of information out there on this one (particularly ladies headwear)! Since you mention in the other thread that you portray such a large chunk of the 14thC, it might be wiser to go with simpler styles, using rectangles pinned in place, which although a pain ...

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