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by Sophia
Thu Nov 04, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 1460s bloke patterns
Replies: 7
Views: 1471

Re: 1460s bloke patterns

You just tailor it to fit around the pot - get in touch if you need a hand :devil:
by Sophia
Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fox tails
Replies: 20
Views: 2835

Re: Fox tails

We have had this discussion for Tudor on the Kentwell participants forum and the general conclusion is that they are limited to fools and outsiders. Guthrie traced up some references from The Secret Middle Ages.

This would suggest that they have no justification in general use.
by Sophia
Thu Oct 07, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Charles I and the Civil War
Replies: 26
Views: 4132

Re: Charles I and the Civil War

For a different and interesting (though probably dated view) you could try anything by Christopher Hill, e.g. The World Turned Upside Down, God's Englishman, etc.. He was a marxist and held this position long after the broader swathe of opinion had changed but his work is well researched and readabl...
by Sophia
Thu Oct 07, 2010 2:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lining of hoods
Replies: 32
Views: 4461

Re: Lining of hoods

The rabbit skins mentioned somewhere previously are very warm, that is until they get damp. Then they're not so comfortable. They hold water in rather than shield the body. But if you can keep them dry, they are a very inexpensive and comfortable undercoat. Don't bother to use them as shoe liners, ...
by Sophia
Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Lining of hoods
Replies: 32
Views: 4461

Re: Lining of hoods

As far as I can work out the main difference between men's and women's hoods is that women's ones are either open at the front or close at the front with buttons. I have a wonderful adapted hood (bought from Cloaked and Dagger'd) on which I opened the front seam, lined it with fine woolen cloth and ...
by Sophia
Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: ladies hair
Replies: 43
Views: 4775

Re: ladies hair

When it comes to punishment for adultery, lewdness and other types of crimes which could be tried in a church court it could be derived from Numbers 5:11-31 which is the passage that Halachah (Jewish religious law) uses as the starting point for the rules about married women covering their hair. It ...
by Sophia
Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:21 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use
Replies: 17
Views: 4480

Re: Preparing a new wooden butter churn for use

If you can avoid it don't store them in the house unless of course you don't have central heating. We store our barrel and tuns in the trailer which lives outside and this stops them from drying out too much. (Useful tip with barrels at the end of an event ensure they still have some water in and po...
by Sophia
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 8559

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

Not necessarily - when you add a layer you alter the armscye and widen the sleeve to allow for movement. If you take the premise that the doublet is the middle layer between the shirt and the gown and and make the doublet out of the right type of cloth, ensure that if not cutting on the bias that th...
by Sophia
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing
Replies: 88
Views: 8559

Re: the 3 layers rule of mens clothing

From a tailoring point of view there are two issues with most re-enactors' problems with tight sleeves: a) an unwillingness to cut the garment high enough under the arm, and b) a tendancy to place the shoulder seam to far out. The underarm should literally be hugging your arm pit and the shoulder se...
by Sophia
Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Yokes on 15th century shirts/shifts
Replies: 5
Views: 1095

Re: Yokes on 15th century shirts/shifts

One or two of my Kentwell friends who have been doing the event for some time have body linens which are indeed more patch than original - I wish more people would do this.
by Sophia
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Wools
Replies: 17
Views: 4697

Re: Wools

Stuart Peachey also publishes a couple of pamphlets on textiles for the 1480-1580 and 1580-1680 time bands. They are useful in so far as they give the guild guidelines for various cloths, but they are not guaranteed accurate as they only true source is a piece of cloth from period with a label on it...
by Sophia
Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:52 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: verjuice
Replies: 20
Views: 7266

Re: verjuice

Went last week as needed some Persian Smoked Rice and also picked up a bottle of pasteurised homogenised sour orange juice which will come in very handy as well for certain recipes.
by Sophia
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor bodice question
Replies: 12
Views: 2002

Re: Tudor bodice question

Yes - Ideally lacing is about 1" apart and the method you are looking for is spiral lacing. Unfortunately posting from phone so can't give links but IIRC there used to be an article on the web entitled 'the zen of spiral lacing' - try google.
by Sophia
Fri Jul 23, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?
Replies: 10
Views: 3486

Re: How to authentically waterproof shoes/boots?

Karl does sell his hide food - not sure if it is listed on his website (simply google his name) but if not you can always give him a ring he is a very helpful sort of chap.
by Sophia
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:53 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: verjuice
Replies: 20
Views: 7266

Re: verjuice

If you have an Middle Eastern community (particularly Iraqi or Iranian) anywhere near you then you can normally find grape verjuice in shops catering to that market. If you are in or near South London then I strongly recommend Persepolis in Peckham. Also an excellent source of dried barberries and m...
by Sophia
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: spinning with spindles
Replies: 12
Views: 2278

Re: spinning with spindles

As far as I can work out distaffs seem to work best with tops which have been carded and then combed before loading on. I am not good at it and tend to simply wrap my sliver/roving around my wrist. Essentially you take your carded wool and comb with cat combs so you get long fluffy strands/slivers, ...
by Sophia
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:58 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: spinning with spindles
Replies: 12
Views: 2278

Re: spinning with spindles

I am currently spinning Suffolk Tops which is a fairly old breed and it certainly spins better on my lead whorl than on an Ashford type spindle. i have had a similar experience with Norfolk Long Horn fleece from the Kentwell flock. Will find out what type of fleece was being combed with old fashione...
by Sophia
Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: spinning with spindles
Replies: 12
Views: 2278

Re: spinning with spindles

As someone who spins occasionally with a drop spindle and has many friends who do it seriously both in and out of LH contexts, i can explain the apparent lack of spindle whorl. One you have started building up a weight of wool on the spindle it is not absolutely necessary to have a whorl to obtain a...
by Sophia
Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:46 am
Forum: Societies
Topic: 1 C Romans Interested?
Replies: 54
Views: 8572

Re: 1 C Romans Interested?

I have kept my peace throughout this thread as I am not involved in the Roman period, however I would say at this this point that you have managed to be rude and intolerant to a number of people who have asked quite sensible questions and have extensive experience in your period. All I can say at th...
by Sophia
Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 2201

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

A very good question about the workability of veganism - this is not a historic approach in western, eastern or central europe and only appears historically in the Indian subcontinent as I understand things. I have met many vegetarian Indians and a few vegan Indians in my time and none of them has t...
by Sophia
Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Candle making and soap making
Replies: 14
Views: 2557

Re: Candle making and soap making

Sweetness and Light make beeswax candles with flax fibre wicks (sometimes have stock but I generally have to order them). They make even be able to advise on what type of flax fibre is best - probably unbleached staple prepped for spinning judging by what is currently in my candle box. Candles can a...
by Sophia
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or Hemp Canvas wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 1673

Re: Linen or Hemp Canvas wanted

Another suggestion is to boil your samples and see if this tightens up the weave. You could also try contacting a company called Linen Me (just google them) who import linens from Lithuania. They might be able to help you if you send them a sample of the cloth you want to match (I have had some very...
by Sophia
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Livery coat/jacket pattern??
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: Livery coat/jacket pattern??

The answer is a difficult one - what station is the person wearing the livery is the first one to ask. The Petty Chapman's pattern needs 3m of 1.5m wide for the long sleeved version which is a lot of cloth and to me says high status, it remind me more of a gown than a simple coat (though terminology...
by Sophia
Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Help needed with writing a novel about the English civil war
Replies: 17
Views: 3690

Re: Help needed with writing a novel about the English civil war

actually thinking Iam not certain if a woman would have the control in her wrists to fire a civil war pistol (thinking proper ones here) Nigel, I would be careful about making claims like this, many women have very strong wrist muscles, particularly if they do a lot of manual work, sewing or knitti...
by Sophia
Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 14172

Re: Mediaeval Islam

Sophia - I do hope you didn't think I believed the Jews cause plague stuff.. I'd be mortified if you did. I think Brother Ranulf has hit the nail on the head about Jews/Islam being more water conscious because of the nature of their desert origins. Interesting that we do have records of people drin...
by Sophia
Mon May 31, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Mediaeval Islam
Replies: 41
Views: 14172

Re: Mediaeval Islam

Something else crosses my mind too. Jews are blamed for well poisoning that causes plague, so it's probably more complicated as to what people think is dirty water. When I retire and do my history degree I feel a dissertation coming on. :D That one regrettably is more related to the "fear of t...
by Sophia
Wed May 19, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Corset book suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Re: Corset book suggestions

Your other requirement is a fitting partner - unless you are an absolutely stock size or have a custom dress makers form you will need at least one if not several fittings before you cut your fabric. Heavy duty calico (the heaviest from Macculloch and Wallis) or cotton twill if the best for making y...
by Sophia
Tue May 18, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen... to wash or not to wash...
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Linen... to wash or not to wash...

Wouldn't go with the tumble drier as this is not good for the linen fibre (from experience, the linen I have tumble dried has a shorter life span) but would definitely recommend washing at 90C before use, then hang on the line until only slightly damp and press. If you have got more than a couple of...
by Sophia
Wed May 12, 2010 8:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how wrong is our pot?!
Replies: 14
Views: 1705

Re: how wrong is our pot?!

The important thing that I was taught in the the Great Kitchen at Kentwell which also uses some Historic Castings pots is to ensure that they are absolutely clean (i.e. clean before use it have not been used for a week or more), avoid cooking very acid things and to not let food stand in them. IIRC ...
by Sophia
Tue May 11, 2010 12:22 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Small containers for materials, substances etc
Replies: 19
Views: 1477

Re: Small containers for materials, substances etc

ME is a standard abbreviation for Middle English - there is a link to a very useful on-line ME dictionary in Jorge's signature. :D

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