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by Lady Cecily
Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Corn Dollies
Replies: 15
Views: 4197

Re: Corn Dollies

On another slant, the methods of weaving done on current dollies is simple and ancient. Bacically the same as splicing a rope (wall or crown splices) and very similar to flat and tubular (eg. finger) braidings Both skills have been done since antiquity. Then there are the usual basketry skills, use...
by Lady Cecily
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you wash six sheepskins?
Replies: 12
Views: 3658

Re: How do you wash six sheepskins?

Oh yea of little faith!
by Lady Cecily
Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Ladies dress 1250 - 1300
Replies: 3
Views: 1710

Re: Ladies dress 1250 - 1300

There is a rather good article in Nesat X. Order it from the library.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/North-European- ... 314&sr=8-2
by Lady Cecily
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you wash six sheepskins?
Replies: 12
Views: 3658

Re: How do you wash six sheepskins?

I haven't done it for some time but having a look I think they would have been 200ml bottles I used to get. So approximately 100ml. I think the glycerine helps with that dry leather side issue. Ah - just checked and it glycerine that goes into Saddle Soap.
by Lady Cecily
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you wash six sheepskins?
Replies: 12
Views: 3658

Re: How do you wash six sheepskins?

In a machine is fine so long as it's one at a time with normal detergent and half a bottle of glycerine per load (buy if from a chemist). 40 degree wash.
by Lady Cecily
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wanted - a venue suitable for a self-catering banquet/party
Replies: 3
Views: 3342

Re: Wanted - a venue suitable for a self-catering banquet/pa

No very central but we have used Beverly Priory (YHA property) but it might be a bit small. We have also used Castle Bolton - again not central but a great venue. Please share others if you get any by PM - we are always looking for something interesting.
by Lady Cecily
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Recommendations needed for black brunswickers uniform maker
Replies: 10
Views: 4725

Re: Recommendations needed for black brunswickers uniform ma

Debbie Lough - posts on here as Tuppence. She made my hubby http://www.deborahloughcostumes.com/rifles.html this for a wedding a good number of years ago and I think has made a few more since. :D
by Lady Cecily
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:48 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 3443

Re: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

Oh there is every chance it was abandoned in the 19th or early 20th century when large areas were cleared for reservoir projects. My Dad and his family were evicted from somewhere similar in the 1930's.
by Lady Cecily
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 3443

Re: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

The two families that started all of the mania would probably considered to be chavs these days - they begged for a living and cursed people who didn't pay. The held a party on Good Friday and probably didn't go to church much. The history is interesting and no-doubt romanticised by the word witch b...
by Lady Cecily
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?
Replies: 8
Views: 3443

Re: Mummified cat identifies witches cottage?

I don't know for certain but as it's United Utilities who own the land it's likely to be in a water catchment area for a reservoir - there are a lot of abandoned farms and villages in the Pennines that fall into that category. And now I've actually read the article it says it's part of a reservoir p...
by Lady Cecily
Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arming points
Replies: 43
Views: 10308

Re: Arming points

Wasn't there some suggestion that the cattle nasal bone (twin pronged) finds could be lucets? I've slept too much since I last read anything serious on this.
by Lady Cecily
Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:57 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: How Rude!!!
Replies: 103
Views: 20490

Re: How Rude!!!

Boiling a ham for dinner at one event (not the most attractive thing I know) but a MOP pulling a face and saying yuk with a decidedly "Oh my God how can they be eating such rubbish" subtext.
by Lady Cecily
Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:19 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Tallow uses
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

Re: Tallow uses

Last resort food when you're under siege.
by Lady Cecily
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

Cutting on a bias? Lady C that's practically heretical :roll: :D thing is - those clingy hollywood 'medieval' dresses do always drape beautifully!! :shifty: I managed to get hold of some nice pics of the MoL button finds - they look a bit tricky to make!! did they use wooden button cores at all? Ei...
by Lady Cecily
Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

If you are going to do the sleeve button thing - see the Museum of London finds for the surviving buttons and button runs that have been cut off and discarded (which implies all sorts of things for dress longevity). You need to employ the tailoring revolution and move the seem to the back of the sle...
by Lady Cecily
Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

Sorry, I kind of assumed that the Herjolfness finds are common knowledge. Woven into the Earth is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval clothing. The MoL book is also very useful for the button sleeve details.

You may find this site useful too.
by Lady Cecily
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

I put the gores in at the waist but I am rather on the large side. Gores from the armpits will work for you as you are young and slim. I will have a study in the morning to see if there is a likelyhood of a gender or age difference on the choice?
by Lady Cecily
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

lidimy wrote:Ha ha ha Lady C... I wish I had those kind of hips but I have none to speak of whatsoever!

Thanks for the help - suspected hips may be a more 15thC thing. Which do you use for your stuff?


Ah, you misunderstand - the flare is at the knees not the hips. What do I use? Use for what?
by Lady Cecily
Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.
Replies: 32
Views: 6392

Re: a fashionable early 14th-century shape.

Looking at the Greenland finds I would say that the gores start at either the waist or armpit (never the hips) the fashionable shape of the 14th century for me seems to be the ships decanter. Bear with me on this one - just don't wear the frock in the rain.

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by Lady Cecily
Tue Nov 23, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Suppliers of hardwoods?
Replies: 8
Views: 2636

Re: Suppliers of hardwoods?

by Lady Cecily
Sat Nov 20, 2010 10:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I'm making a Viking brooch - wax carving
Replies: 14
Views: 3876

Re: I'm making a Viking brooch - wax carving

It sounds rather dry - but it may be worth your while digging this paper out Jansson, I. 1981 ‘ Economic aspects of fine metal working in Viking Age Scandinavia’ in D.M. Wilson and M.L. Caygill, Economic Aspects of the Viking Age 1 -19 (British Museum Occasional Papers 30, London) The single shell b...
by Lady Cecily
Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lining of hoods
Replies: 32
Views: 5919

Re: Lining of hoods

The surviving hoods from Greenland are not lined. I made a copy of one from some Harris Tweed and it works pretty well without lining.
by Lady Cecily
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Historia Originata 2 new trade show October
Replies: 7
Views: 2824

Re: Historia Originata 2 new trade show October

Can anyone tell me who is trading at this event?
by Lady Cecily
Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:59 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use
Replies: 17
Views: 5921

Re: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use

On a similar subject, can anyone please point me to 14th/15th century references to butter pats/hands? Cheers. Can't find refs for them being use even as late as the mid 18thC let alone earlier! Good luck. Um - very interesting - it's difficult to make non sloppy butter without them - but you are r...
by Lady Cecily
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7234

Re: ladies hair

Langley wrote:We seem to have strayed a bit off the topic into hair covered or uncovered. It was originally a question about length... The advice on covering seems to be appropriate if the length and colour are too obviously modern.


Pardon my French - I'll not bother offering advice in future then.
by Lady Cecily
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use
Replies: 17
Views: 5921

Re: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use

Sorry, but this reminded me of this song that never made sense as a child - but does now. It does sound like you need to soak the churns to expand the wood to seal the holes. Enjoy your butter - don't forget the pats and if you can get a board with some runnels in so the butter milk is easier to sep...
by Lady Cecily
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7234

Re: ladies hair

Though I'm not sure whether they had Directions flamingo pink back then =o) . Its not that colour anymore, its a dark pillarbox red which i dont think would be acceptable either :D You know the directions colour chart well too! lol To be honest I didn't think it would be the done thing anyway but a...
by Lady Cecily
Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:48 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7234

Re: ladies hair

Marcus Woodhouse wrote:A high forehead was deemed attractive so pluck those eyebrows and shave the front of your head bare girlfriend.


Only in the 15th - not much evidence for that bit of fashion in the 13th.
by Lady Cecily
Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 7234

Re: ladies hair

There is a false hair (well it's real hair but...........) plait found in London in the early 14th ish. There are a couple of differing styles popular at the time, depending on age, some cover the hair completely - some don't. Have a look at Sarah Thursfields book 'Medieval Tailors Assistant' - it's...
by Lady Cecily
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th
Replies: 105
Views: 18680

Re: Pictoral evidence of women fighting in C14th

Oh god - here we go again! :D

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