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by frances
Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Late C19th & early C20th reenactors wanted
Replies: 10
Views: 2181

Re: Late C19th & early C20th reenactors wanted

Do you have a firm venue yet?
by frances
Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:39 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Reenactor Fairs
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

Re: Reenactor Fairs

Are you looking for anything in particular?
by frances
Wed Sep 09, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Wayland Kista ( Old Norse Chest.)
Replies: 11
Views: 2483

Re: The Wayland Kista ( Old Norse Chest.)

Absolutely stunning.

Yes, I can see the last lot.
by frances
Mon Aug 10, 2015 12:43 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The Wayland Kista ( Old Norse Chest.)
Replies: 11
Views: 2483

Re: The Wayland Kista ( Old Norse Chest.)

Oh my. I am duly impressed.

BTW only one of the above photographs shows on my computer.
by frances
Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Victorian full dress tail suit complete
Replies: 1
Views: 800

Re: WTB Victorian full dress tail suit complete

What size are you looking for?
by frances
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:35 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Tin Whistle Music?
Replies: 17
Views: 5503

Re: Tin Whistle Music?

A bit late to the party - however I suggest that anyone starting to play the tin whistle should start with a tune that is already in your head. Something really simple. Learn to play that before going on to a strange tune that you do not yet know.
by frances
Tue May 12, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cotton bobbins c.1910
Replies: 3
Views: 1359

Re: Cotton bobbins c.1910

I have a 1908 machine. The bobbins are very different to today's sewing machines. They are about an inch long and thin.

Or are you aksing about cotton reels that you buy in the shops. I have lots of these in assorted sizes; some are very small indeed.
by frances
Tue May 12, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval kit stolen!
Replies: 2
Views: 802

Re: Medieval kit stolen!

I am pleased on your behalf. They obviously had no idea what was in the trailer else they would know that all kit is unique and easily identifiable. When I had a car-load of costumes stolen they threw everything away except a handful of useful things like a ladies wig!!
by frances
Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Blackwork
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Re: Blackwork

What precisely do you want to know? After all sewing is the needle goes in and then the needle comes back out again!
by frances
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Blackwork
Replies: 3
Views: 946

Re: Blackwork

Are you thinking hand embroidery or by machine?
by frances
Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What to use.. flag making..
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: What to use.. flag making..

Silk moves nicely in the wind. Linen can be more easily painted.
by frances
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Festival of History..
Replies: 24
Views: 4635

Re: Festival of History..

The rising cost of fuel and the greater congestion on the roads must have had something to do with it. More regional events seems a good idea. As long as they have changed what they used to do with me. Send me from the south to Carlisle and the same weekend send the Carlisle people to Southampton. T...
by frances
Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Magna Carta - Free Online Course
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Magna Carta - Free Online Course

Is anyone going to get to one every weekend this year?
by frances
Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Magna Carta - Free Online Course
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Magna Carta - Free Online Course

There are going to be loads of Magna Carta events this year by the look of it.
by frances
Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1380 townswoman-help needed!
Replies: 8
Views: 1569

Re: 1380 townswoman-help needed!

I suggest that you repost your query on the costume part of this forum, adding a link to this discussion. You will get a lot more advice there from people who specialise in what you want to do.
by frances
Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

Thanks Brendan.
by frances
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

Oh you too? I also have a bone three-holed pipe that I drag out on occasion to show to the public. It was made by me from a turkey bone. I tell everyone that I ate the turkey for Christmas and it makes them laugh, and then I play them an out-of tune song, because I did not have enough time to tune i...
by frances
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

Thanks Jack for an interesting discussion. I passed your main points over to the pipe and tabor discussion group and they have had a very lively discussion about what number of holes the 12th century instrument might have had, and where, going from what we know at present. A useful practical point w...
by frances
Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

The point of the pipe and tabor is that it is designed to be played and heard outside - just think of those wet and muddy camping weekends. A tin three-holed pipe can be washed and sterilised if it lands up on the floor or in the mud and a child's drum cannot come to much harm. Both tin pipe and chi...
by frances
Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Victoriana
Replies: 2
Views: 758

Re: Victoriana

Oh de coverley, what a wonderful time you are going to have. Luckily it is still possible to buy Victorian men's outfits in the shops. Why even I have some in 'historical haberdashery', so you should find most of your accessories in vintage clothes shops if you hunt around. Jackets and trousers will...
by frances
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder
Replies: 11
Views: 2778

Re: 12th / 13th century flute / recorder

Hello Brendan, The best instrument for her to try would be the pipe and tabor. This is a three-holed pipe held in the left hand whilst the right hand holds a drum stick. The drum dangles from the left wrist. This time period is just on the edge of archaeology and medieval manuscript drawings, so ver...
by frances
Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:14 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Kirtles
Replies: 22
Views: 4550

Re: Linen Kirtles

I enjoyed reading your comprehensive post, Brother.
by frances
Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English Civil War period hats for men
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: English Civil War period hats for men

Are you in a group? If so it would be best to ask the other group members what they wear.
by frances
Sun Nov 09, 2014 2:02 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: New book on seventeenth century corsetry
Replies: 2
Views: 1385

Re: New book on seventeenth century corsetry

I just looked this up and it is no longer available on lulu.
by frances
Sun Nov 09, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: 2nd Jubilee Imperiale
Replies: 5
Views: 2058

Re: 2nd Jubilee Imperiale

I am impressed by the high standard of outfits of the civilians.
by frances
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:58 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.
Replies: 12
Views: 2867

Re: Polyester Cloak...for vikings.

Polyester moves differently from wool or from linen. When you are moving around or there is a strong wind there is an obvious difference. Polyester sort of flaps. Wool waves around more gracefully. Silk makes a lovely rustling sound for 18th century cloaks.
by frances
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Design (suppliers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1108

Re: Medieval Design (suppliers)

I always suggest that people choose a make near to where they live. Failing that, see their workpersonship at an event or on someone's back. Whereabouts do you live?
by frances
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:09 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Mediaeval Trumpet
Replies: 12
Views: 5406

Re: Mediaeval Trumpet

As for the curled-up horn, like a Roman Cornu, these appear quite frequently in drawings. But these tend to be of Biblical and fantasy topics depicting 'ancient times'. I think that the busines is an up-and-coming instrument as I am beginning to see them around at outdoor events this year. Folded tr...
by frances
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Drum sticks
Replies: 5
Views: 2848

Re: Drum sticks

Look up 'drum' on the British Museum, Research, site.
by frances
Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Lining a dagged hood
Replies: 6
Views: 1092

Re: Lining a dagged hood

Nope, not all wool hoods were lined. Hooray!

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