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by Midland Spinner
Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:54 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Alison and Hugh's Handmade Things
Replies: 0
Views: 1380

Alison and Hugh's Handmade Things

*Moderators please delete if this change of address announcement is not appropriate* We have been busy Moving House over the last couple of months - Handmade HQ has moved to HEREFORDSHIRE . The website, email and mobile numbers remain the same - so our basic Contact Details haven't changed (except f...
by Midland Spinner
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Paint Brushes
Replies: 3
Views: 1788

Re: Paint Brushes

Not sure whether they are on his website - an email direct to him would be best. He generally has the makings to hand, but sells them as soon as he makes them.
by Midland Spinner
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Paint Brushes
Replies: 3
Views: 1788

Re: Paint Brushes

Try Richard at 6 of 1 http://www.6of1.biz/

He makes excellent authentic brushes.
by Midland Spinner
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: supporting hoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

Re: supporting hoes

btw Gunnister is a bit later than your period, but I originally posted because I thought it was useful to know that people did point knitted hose to their other clothes.
by Midland Spinner
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: supporting hoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

Re: supporting hoes

*I* don't know - it's what he was wearing when he was buried.
Not sure what you are finding so funny that you need to Lol
by Midland Spinner
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: supporting hoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

Re: supporting hoes

border reiver wrote:so that would mean extra pointing holes? or very long points, lol


Long coat.
by Midland Spinner
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: supporting hoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2870

Re: supporting hoes

For over the knee hose/stockings, try garters tied below or just above the knee, different people find different arrangements comfortable. For 'all the way up' stockings to wear with very short trunkhose, we've been experimenting with pointing the knitted stockings either to the garment or to anoth...
by Midland Spinner
Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop Spindles
Replies: 6
Views: 2561

Re: Drop Spindles

We have a variety of drop spindles: from reproductions cast off lead whorls, to ones made from potsherds, slate or stone, plus wood. Probably best if you call into the tent/stall and have a chat next time we are at an event. (We'll be at Rufford at the end of the month if that helps) Would be happy ...
by Midland Spinner
Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: British Army Headdress, Help Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 3278

Re: British Army Headdress, Help Needed

Just to throw another button into the mix - the "Monmouth Cap" is always described as having a button on top. (It's not actually a button, more a knop of wool, but that's beside the point). Monmouth caps were often supplied to the military. Monmouth caps are also related / confused with Mo...
by Midland Spinner
Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Peasant women outerwear?
Replies: 13
Views: 4726

Re: Peasant women outerwear?

Shawl was the wrong word. Arisaid is better. Plaid belted round waist and drawn up over head. More a Highland style but Highlanders were expert reivers and came south to Falkirk Tryst etc. That would be fine (and thanks for the word Arisaid - I didn't know that was what they were called)- I just do...
by Midland Spinner
Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Peasant women outerwear?
Replies: 13
Views: 4726

Re: Peasant women outerwear?

If it's 1570s ish, then yes you could have a knitted bonnet - so long as it's fulled & dressed i.e. not just raw knitting. Shawls: afaik there's no evidence for knitted shawls at this date - certainly none turn up in the records of the Scottish knitting industry and I have no reason to suppose t...
by Midland Spinner
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nalbinding
Replies: 4
Views: 1911

Re: Nalbinding

If an archeologist found a piece of nalbinding they could well say, that's knitting, There have been a lot of pieces of fabric mis-identified over the years - that's one of the reasons why the history of knitting is shrouded in doubt & misinformation. But Knitting and nalbinding are Topological...
by Midland Spinner
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I've got moths
Replies: 12
Views: 3673

Re: I've got moths

The best advice for moths has always been fresh air, sunshine, regular inspections/shaking/airing/hoovering. If you search around in "Make Do & Mend" archives from WWII there's a lot of advice because allowing clothes to get moth eaten was seen as unpatriotic. The advice they gave (as ...
by Midland Spinner
Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Yes i know but 2014 Tewkesbury
Replies: 11
Views: 4177

Re: Yes i know but 2014 Tewkesbury

Just checked my paperwork, time for a smug moment - I posted our form in August :)
by Midland Spinner
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Yes i know but 2014 Tewkesbury
Replies: 11
Views: 4177

Re: Yes i know but 2014 Tewkesbury

I'm filling ours in now - just need to get the stamp for the SAE and it's good to go.

Thanks for all your hard work Hamster (and the rest of the team).
by Midland Spinner
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15 century furniture
Replies: 4
Views: 1663

Re: 15 century furniture

Hi there. This is the guy to talk to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Douggie-the-Wood/136389689767623 Or there are this couple: https://www.facebook.com/AlisonandHughsHandmadeThings?fref=ts Thanks for the recommendation Stitch, yes, we can definitely do something to suit you - have a look at our we...
by Midland Spinner
Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Tewkesbury 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5018

Re: Tewkesbury 2013

We've had ours thanks Hamster.
Alison & Hugh's Handmade Things will be there!
Tewkes is always a high spot for us. Really looking forward to it.
by Midland Spinner
Thu Apr 11, 2013 8:48 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wet Weather Clothing
Replies: 22
Views: 5958

Re: Wet Weather Clothing

Wool is naturally waterproof; it contains lanolin. Someone more knowledgable than me can tell you how well that lasts after it's turned into medieval cloth. You can make modern processed wool more waterproof using a wash-in water proofer. It's not just the lanolin. Wool is unusual in that it keeps ...
by Midland Spinner
Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: My left hand is not my right hand
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Re: My left hand is not my right hand

I didn't watch the drama but wonder whether the sentence is actually "My left hand is not my write hand". Children were often punished for writing with their left hand.
by Midland Spinner
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I get natural cotton?
Replies: 23
Views: 15641

Re: Where can I get natural cotton?

Now the ignorant bit, what are cotton wool pleats? Cotton wool is eithern sold in fluffy sheets which are pleated/folded to fit into a bag or as a collection of small balls loose in a bag. It's usually found in either the baby section or the cosmetic section of a chemists' shop If I take natural fl...
by Midland Spinner
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Arming Caps - History
Replies: 21
Views: 4176

Re: Arming Caps - History

The earliest surviving one that I'm aware of is from Dura Europos, mid 3rd century AD. I think the jury is out on that still Matt? It's a bit flimsy for anything to help pad a helmet out I'd have thought, just being a knitted outer and thin felt inner? It certainly could fit under helmet although t...
by Midland Spinner
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where can I get natural cotton?
Replies: 23
Views: 15641

Re: Where can I get natural cotton?

I can get you some un-spun cotton fibres, but why not use either fleece or combed wool (both of which I already have in stock)?
by Midland Spinner
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Musical knives ...
Replies: 3
Views: 2918

Re: Musical knives ...

Left Handed?
by Midland Spinner
Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:05 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: tips for avoiding rusty armor
Replies: 5
Views: 2862

Re: tips for avoiding rusty armor

We sell traditional beeswax and turpentine polish which does an excellent job.
by Midland Spinner
Tue May 22, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: knitting
Replies: 6
Views: 1892

Re: knitting

What sort of knitting are you looking for? When?If you can give me an idea of what sort of knitting you are looking for I can point you to more info but it's a huge subject and "the middle ages" is a long time period The MoL book certainly has a bit on knitting - but not a lot. There are s...
by Midland Spinner
Tue May 01, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 7965

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

If you've used teasels to prepare wool then you were carding (the Latin name for teasel is Carduus - same etymology) even if you used the resulting thread for warp. I should have been a bit more specific in my earlier post - combing allows you to produce a worsted spun yarn which is suitable for war...
by Midland Spinner
Tue May 01, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 7965

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

We also have some carders which might suit - . All of the early medieval (Saxon/Viking) combs I've seen are a lot more vicious-looking than that, handled lumps of wood with nails sticking out of them. I think teasels were used as well though, they're free. What you are describing are wool combs, no...
by Midland Spinner
Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 7965

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

We have stone, slate, wood & potsherd spindles, all of which would be good for Viking - all have hand cleft ash spindles and we've had very good feedback from archaeologists who've seen them. We also have some carders which might suit - the card cloth is modern, but with handmade backs - we aim ...
by Midland Spinner
Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Need help with Bread
Replies: 34
Views: 12772

Re: Need help with Bread

A lot of people make their dough far too stiff - it needs to be slack enough to rise properly otherwise the bubbles can't expand. If you make it a bit wetter than you think you should have done initially, then knead it well it will probably be about right by the time it has proved a bit. As with man...
by Midland Spinner
Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Arrow baskets
Replies: 32
Views: 7649

Re: Arrow baskets

What sort of pipes?

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