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by laura
Sun May 11, 2008 12:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian sewing patterns?
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

Oops - better make my last will and testament then! If it mitigates any, I hand-launder my ancient stuff and never use modern methods or chemicals. I grew up in a household that never threw anything out - my kitchen knives were my great-grandmother's, with a crown and VR stamped into the blade... we...
by laura
Sat May 10, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Shoes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8362

I've recently been chaperoning a child to specialist podiatry sessions and have learnt a LOT about footwear's effect - child's problem is with a HIP but it's the footwear that's caused it. What Tod says is what the specialist podiatrist is telling us, only his advice is free and hers is rather a lot...
by laura
Sat May 10, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victorian sewing patterns?
Replies: 12
Views: 2595

"knee length knickers"? If you want (real original actual) Victorian underwear, ie drawers, then use French eBay - three pairs for about a tenner including postage for the ones with plain edgings ie 'only' a four-inch deep frill of broderie anglaise trim on the legs! the search terms you w...
by laura
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2386

Thanks Sally - Do you have any photos of what it ought to look like in the finished version, please? It's always easier to aim for something you know what it looks like that to aim for something you think you know what it looks like, and what a terrible muddled sentence that was! What are thrums, pl...
by laura
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2386

1655 is about as mid-C17th as one could get! ;-) Brilliant! I'll track down a copy of that Rutt book. Luckily I'm surrounded by good libraries and bookshops, so... This "by folding the heel flap in half and casting off the two sides together so as to produce a short seam under the heel...."...
by laura
Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2386

Ooh viscontesse, do you have any definite details about turning the heel on a mid-C17th stocking, please? I knit a Gunnister 'seam' too but I'm stupidly copying the finest one fo the three, the one used as a foot patching one of the two main ones - so it's ridiculously fine gauge (it's iirc either 1...
by laura
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2386

That's what I love about my trusty LH stocking - I just go knit, knit, knit, knit... round and round and round... no thinking, no checking to see which is the front or back, should I be knitting or purlin g- nope, just knit, knit, knit, knit....! I also struggle with start and end... I'm sure I've n...
by laura
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2386

You don't have to be an expert to knit in the round, just very methodical! I never knitted a stitch til my 30s when I taught myself from a 1920s Weldon's leaflet on knitting stockings. As a result now I can only knit in the round and can only knit stockings. I'm exceedingly slow but it's near perfec...

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