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by fishwife
Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Books on History of Tablet Weaving
Replies: 15
Views: 3980

Re: Books on History of Tablet Weaving

Collingwood is probably the best on the history of tablet weaving - but if you're looking for help on "how to" the book I found most helpful was Tablet Weaving by Eileen Bird. I have struggled and struggled to get my head round what is going on - read Collingwood, Thorskegga Thorn, Ann Sut...
by fishwife
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: knucklebones supplier
Replies: 1
Views: 690

Re: knucklebones supplier

Hi, Yes Bikkel en Been http://www.bikkelenbeen.nl/begin.htm stock knucklebones. Their site is in Dutch - but they speak extremely good english, just send them an email.

Cheers,
Deb
by fishwife
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:53 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: First try at couching
Replies: 9
Views: 2691

Re: First try at couching

Beautifully done Colin - looks great! I assume you'll be doing lots more now?!

Pleased the silk worked so well too!

TTFN,
Deb
by fishwife
Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pigments
Replies: 21
Views: 1934

Re: pigments

I noticed that Cornelissens are selling it - I have been informed that I must get a signature from any customer wishing to purchase the toxic paints to confirm that they are competent to use them - a European Union ruling as I understand it. My supplier insists on this. I can't comment on how Cornel...
by fishwife
Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: pigments
Replies: 21
Views: 1934

Re: pigments

Hi There, you could try The Mulberry Dyer (http://www.tmdevents.co.uk/index.php?cPath=29_35)for the ferrous sulphate, gum arabic and vine black. Vermillion is a listed product and not readily available - you have to have evidence that you know what you are working with before you can buy it. Some ar...
by fishwife
Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: tablet weaving looms
Replies: 4
Views: 1738

Re: tablet weaving looms

Hi, I've just looked at the 2 images from Karen's site listed above and I would say they look like heddle looms not tablet - which type are you looking for? John makes a very neat table top version of the free standing tablet loom. As far as I'm aware the box looms are not so easy to use with tablet...
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Valueing a doglock musket (Yorkshire Historic Arms)
Replies: 4
Views: 2973

Thanks for your help John - I seem to think that about £300 was what was paid for the musket when it was bought! It's a plain round barrel, should have thought to say that earlier!

Richard I'll let you know what has been decided at the apropriate time!
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 8556

For modern day - carding is used for woolen spinning and combing for worsted spinning. Combing was all that was available to the pre 13th C so all yarn had a much more compact twist, carding allows you to trap air into the fibres making "long draw" easier - the way you spin on a great whee...
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 8556

The "period" covers from 13th century to 17th century - they didn't change until curved backs came in in the 17th C.

The combs you are taking about we don't do yet - Jack Green had some at the Feb market, hopefully he is going to do more!
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 8556

Thanks Kate/Bob - advert much appreciated!!!
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 8556

Hi, We have been making replica spindles, distaffs, niddy noddy's, carders etc for many years now - we are the ONLY producers of period carders and they are fully researched - as are all our textile tools! There are finds of wool in the Archaeology of York books and Penelope Walton Rogers refers to ...
by fishwife
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Valueing a doglock musket (Yorkshire Historic Arms)
Replies: 4
Views: 2973

Valueing a doglock musket (Yorkshire Historic Arms)

I'm hoping someone here can advise me - a friend who did SK reenactment up to about 10 years ago has sadly died. His son has contacted me because they have found his doglock musket. We have taken the musket into our care - temporarily - as the son and none of the rest of the family have licences. To...
by fishwife
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Artillery at Crecy
Replies: 37
Views: 6662

Anyone thought of contacting Sir Philip Preston? He lives in Crecy and is the author of "the" book?
by fishwife
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pondering the idea of Period Tents once more
Replies: 30
Views: 7711

Thought I'd throw a spanner in the works (cos I can!!) How about Crusaders using cotton canvas tents then? referenced!!! (although it doesn't define the nationality of the crusaders!)
by fishwife
Mon May 04, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Richard II
Replies: 56
Views: 7261

I happen to like Richard II! If it hadn't been for him I would have no interest in history at all! Poor lad had to deal with the in - fighting of all his uncles who each thought they had the right to be protector and ruler until he grew up, thank God he had some wits and started standing up for hims...
by fishwife
Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Carders
Replies: 10
Views: 3142

The Mulberry Dyer will have carders at TORM! Researched and produced as accurately as is possible!!!!

We are the only people to do them and as far as I am aware that applies to anywhere in the World!!!

Hope to see you there!
Cheers,
Deb
by fishwife
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:09 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Who will be at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair?
Replies: 15
Views: 2720

We'll be there too! And Jim the Pot....... come and say "Hello"
by fishwife
Fri Aug 08, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4414

Hi, The red on the right looks most hopeful - difficult to be absolutely sure from the colours on screen. The colour on the left would definitely be a rch persons colour, it looks burgundy - ish to me, which would make it expensive. Sorry if it seems unhelpful it is really difficult to be sure of to...
by fishwife
Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Is light blue/green a medieval/historical good color?
Replies: 33
Views: 4414

not a recognisable colour for the medieval period, turquoise was the impossible colour and that's what it looks like on my screen. Pastel blue is OK! I guess if you're not using indigo you must be using woad - that's the correct blue for Europe, fraid there is no other choice! (However it is identic...
by fishwife
Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing with madder.
Replies: 17
Views: 1702

Hi, My first comment would be if it's SP's say - don't do it!!!!!! Nooooooo! It will shrink and look like felt - even in a cool wash in the washing machine. It takes the colour beautifully - but it won't look like the cloth you have, it will shrink by at least 30% in every direction and completely f...
by fishwife
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 23829

I will throw in a ten penn'th - cotton was around, but NOT common, I have the Mazzoui book, I have lots of info on cotton - I have been researching it for the past 10 years. Being a Lancashire Lass and my grandfather a cotton spinner it's a logical interest! I have seen the cotton cloth that is supp...
by fishwife
Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 8545

I usually find there is more money in the pot before Christmas than after - and they can be very unpleasant if you don't pay up at the right time! Jan/Feb can be quite lean! (and when we can manage a short break before getting into making stock etc for March) I'd hate to face a tax bill now!!
by fishwife
Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tax - Self assessment on line - anyone for a group hug?
Replies: 53
Views: 8545

I can confirm that the local tax office are very helpful! For the last 5 years I have trundled in with my paper form to an appointment with a lovely taxman, he's sat with me whilst I fill it in and then obligingly taken it away - then a few weeks later I get a letter giving me my tax details for the...
by fishwife
Tue Sep 18, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Hi Gregory 23b,
can you pm me please?
Ta,
Deb
by fishwife
Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye disaster!!!! Mottled kirtle!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2530

Try them now! I have already started collecting and am getting really good browns. The best time is when the hulls are still green - put them in to soak asap after picking and leave them for a few days. Once the hulls have oxidized and turned brown it's too late to get a good colour, they need to be...
by fishwife
Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Just to clarify a little - Kermes was a French (and other Mediteranean countries) local product and has been used from antiquity. It is mentioned in many early manuscripts and dye books. It was used in the Middle ages particularly for scarlet woollen cloth. Following the fall of Constantinople in 14...
by fishwife
Mon Sep 17, 2007 10:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Quite right Tuppence, Kermes was effectively wiped out after the arrival of Cochineal in the middle of the 16th C, but was the most expensive red you could get prior to that. I like the description of the scarlets above - must get that reference! Sanguine is blood - think of an apothecary and the 4 ...
by fishwife
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Scarlet
Replies: 14
Views: 2033

Scarlet was always dyed "in grain" ie with Kermes so would be of a red colour. If you dye with Kermes you actually get more of a crimson colour than what we know as scarlet - that does only come when you add tin to the pot. York and Beverley were licenced to produce scarlets and I do belie...
by fishwife
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye disaster!!!! Mottled kirtle!!
Replies: 16
Views: 2530

When Henry VIII fell out with the Pope we lost our ability to obtain alum - a somewhat crucial commodity in most of our dyeing. We therefore sent our cloth to the Low Countries undyed to be coloured and then re-imported. I don't think we did mottled dyeing as implied above. Woad dyeing would still b...
by fishwife
Tue Jan 30, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 9108

Jorge, What does "emoticoned" mean? If it means you're recommending Fibrecrafts and you shouldn't then I guess I need to learn about them - do all these little yellow things mean something when they're in a message? I thought they were just smileys to cheer people up! I collect oak galls b...

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