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by Margareta
Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3069

So many different terms... I just call them "socks"... :oops: (Then again, so does everyone else here -we simply don´t have many separate words for clothes, a dress is simply a "dress", no matter if it´s a kirtle or a cotehardie...) I have always tied the socks below my knees. Th...
by Margareta
Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3069

One young gentleman I know did the whole late 14th century kit -short jacket and tight, tight hose- and he solved the loose ankle problem by leaving open slits on the ankles, so that he could put the socks on. After that the slits were simply sewn shut. When he wanted to take his hosen off, someone ...
by Margareta
Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3069

Perharps "fall" is a wrong term, but at least the tops of mine turn down, over the garters. Then again, I don´t really care if the top is a bit loose, as long as I can get my feet past the ankle bit, not have many lumps on the sole -and get my large-ish ankle tattoo hidden... And have enou...
by Margareta
Tue Jun 17, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3069

Well, the top does fall down over the garter no matter what. (But then again, so it did originally, too.) I make the hose/sock come only a little bit over the knee so the bucket-boot effect stays minimum. Besides, nobody will see the tops of my hose anyway, since I am a very decent woman. :) I have ...
by Margareta
Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: making hose
Replies: 21
Views: 3069

Also, cut it in bias. Then it will stretch even better.
by Margareta
Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 6281

By the way, if you try to dye linen, remember that resin, pine tar and pitch made from it are all quite easily flammable. We usually have some strips of dry wood dipped in tar when we go camping to start the fire (especially if the firewood is moist). If we don´t have any, we just take some dried up...
by Margareta
Sun Jun 15, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 6281

Birch-bark tar works wonderfully as glue (you have to dry distill it, like pine/fir tar). A couple of my friends study to become professional ancient techniques artisans, and they have made birch tar as part of their education. You can collect it to the end of a stick, and when it dries, it looks li...
by Margareta
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Blackened cloth?
Replies: 32
Views: 6281

Pitch (Lat. Pix Solida) is made by distilling woodtar (Lat. Pyroleum Pini). The tar is already pretty dark brown, and so the remaining substance -pitch- is black. (Hence "pitch black".) I have never heard of using pitch for other clothing than footwear, but I guess it might be possible, if...
by Margareta
Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:59 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20939

I think that "Ash" goes mostly under "alternative history". From the same author (Mary Gentle) "1610: A Sundial in a Grave" is also very good (also alternative history, sort of telling "The Three Musketeers" from a tilted perspective). I would recommend "...
by Margareta
Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: linen seams
Replies: 7
Views: 1572

The problem with run and fell seams is that they add a lot of bulk, especially if the fabric is a bit thicker or there are two raw edges -then you have four layers of cloth on the seam, as you can see in the Ydalir picture. I have simply done the seam either in running stitch or backstitch (much fas...
by Margareta
Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Norwegian Medieval Clothing
Replies: 9
Views: 3061

Hello! I just thought that you probably don´t know that Eva Andersson, a Swedish costume historian and re-enactor has made a reconstruction of the Uvdal dress. Here´s the link: http://web.comhem.se/~u41200125/Uvdal31.html (I recommend checking out her other dresses too, and, if you can read Swedish,...

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