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by Sophia
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sources for C16 Wool and Shirt Linen
Replies: 2
Views: 1384

Re: Sources for C16 Wool and Shirt Linen

The wool from the TT makes a great little. I made myself one in Tawny for my middling sort role at Kentwell, it hangs well and is also wearing very well.
by Sophia
Mon Nov 12, 2012 7:58 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Food suppliers
Replies: 3
Views: 2841

Re: Food suppliers

Basically you will have to make things yourself - there is as far as I know no one apart from Martin who does the jerked meat, fruit leathers and some other things who is offering Medieval/Tudor stuff for sale. You could probably find someone to make it but it would cost you a fair bit so you are be...
by Sophia
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.
Replies: 7
Views: 1999

Re: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.

Muddyevil prob'ly, by the 18thc not so much, but prob'ly not the solid black black, blackkkkk, my eyes like pies, your eyes tell liesssssss, black like the deepest chasm of hell, a cell a where they feed me pins. whats for breakfast mother? Shadows and lies... Sorry where was I? Erm ... solid colou...
by Sophia
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

Hand tack at each stage and use small very sharp scissors rather than large ones. At the crucial stage the hose wearer should lift his cods and almost cradle them in his hand to keep them out of the way (remember that they are contained within the cod flap not the hose). Fit very high (higher than y...
by Sophia
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pilgrims Routes in England
Replies: 7
Views: 2293

Re: Pilgrims Routes in England

Don't know, but it might be worth looking at the churches (and former religious foundations) on the route. It is possible that a vital visit to a local shrine was included and this is why the route doubles back on itself.
by Sophia
Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.
Replies: 7
Views: 1999

Re: Black cloth 17th and 18th century.

Poor black cloth came in two types, that which was iron gallate dyed and that which was made from brown almost black wool (Stuart Peachey sells a black almost brown russet and the Tudor Tailor sells a poor black kersey [2:2 twill]). The iron blacks do fade and are also supposed to rot the cloth, I d...
by Sophia
Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:36 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Licencing - muskets etc.
Replies: 96
Views: 37863

Re: Licencing - muskets etc.

I will second the comments about security with the Met - I remember when Peter had his preliminary meeting with Firearms chap he looked closely at our monitored alarm and the window locks. He particularly like the fact that P's office which is on the first floor was part of the partial set at night....
by Sophia
Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 6210

Re: What does the public see?

I second Colin's comments on sewing your own clothes, it is an excellent way to save money and there are often people in groups who will mentor new members (cloth buying, fitting toiles, making up, etc.). People should remember that clothing until the advent of ready to wear was all made to measure,...
by Sophia
Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: 13th Century food & cooking
Replies: 8
Views: 4179

Re: 13th Century food & cooking

Another useful piece of advice is choose several dishes such as a meat dish and several vegetable dishes. Cooking smaller quantities makes it easier to ensure things are cooked on time. Also don't be afraid to precook things at home, particularly dishes like perre which involve looking pre-cooked pu...
by Sophia
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Drinking Vessels
Replies: 11
Views: 3616

Re: Wooden Drinking Vessels

The problem we have is the winter down period when we do not do any events, our last one this year will be end of September, and this is common to most re-enactors. Our treen collection is substantial (bowls for prepped veg, eating bowls, drinking bowls including two good maple mazers, bowls to lend...
by Sophia
Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Drinking Vessels
Replies: 11
Views: 3616

Re: Wooden Drinking Vessels

Drinking vessels were mainly in the form of bowls - more info here . They were turned on a reciprocal pole lathe with very sharp hooked tools and were not generally sanded like modern turned goods. Woods appear to have been fruit woods, beech, maple and alder. If you are using a modern lathe it is i...
by Sophia
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

If I am one of the markets I would be happy to oblige, however given the current cost of diesel from South London to the Midlands we will only be attending if we need to unless things change drastically. We want to save diesel for any events.
by Sophia
Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

@ Tod - If you can get to me in South East London I have a variety of different twills you can come and look at. It will be better than just having samples as it will get you a feel for the hand of the cloth (weight, drape, texture, etc.) @ Guthrie - I have not yet come across a modern boiled wool c...
by Sophia
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 6210

Re: What does the public see?

The first thing is that groups are entitled to set their own authenticity requirements, you are not obliged to join any particular group. The second thing is that by the late medieval period glasses are being imported in significant quantity. Thirdly in earlier periods people were obliged to adapt t...
by Sophia
Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

I generally wash all my wool cloth on a 30 C wool wash before cutting it. This means that it can be washed afterward on a cold wool wash which generally helps minimise the baggy bit. For one pair that got really bad I did actually wash them on 30 C again and it did the trick. (If you are half lining...
by Sophia
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

I would recommend the TT for the actual hose cloth - I was suggesting the cheap wool/synthetic or a pure cotton 2:2 twill for making the toile as this will be closer to the behaviour of the actual cloth. Always cut on the bias with the visible diagonal in the twill running vertically down the front ...
by Sophia
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?
Replies: 21
Views: 5520

Re: What wool fabric for medieval joined hose?

The type of wool you are looking for is a firm 2:2 twill which is what Kersey also known as hose cloth generally was. It can be recognised by the visible diagonal lines in the weave which are visible at least on the right side of the cloth, generally on both. The firmer and smoother the.surface the ...
by Sophia
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

A good historian will generally work as follow: 1) Frame the scope of the question s/he wishes to answer 2) Analyse a range of original sources deemed relevant. 3) Analyse a range of secondary sources deemed relevant. 4) Lay out their argument based on the sources studied with relevant quotes. The i...
by Sophia
Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Colin, are you referring to the following book? Keen, Maurice Origins of the English Gentleman. Heraldry, Chilvary and Gentility in Medieval England c.1300-c.1500 , Tempus 2002 I have read some of his early work and the reviews I have found for this are positive. IIRC he is a political and social hi...
by Sophia
Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

A good question Jorge that I actually think should be split into two. 1) What did the people of the time mean by gentry as opposed to nobility, yeomanry, peasantry, etc.? 2) What do we understand by gentry and how is this influenced by different schoosl of historical thought (thinking particularly o...
by Sophia
Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:59 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

IIRC one of the families they were in dispute with actually claimed that they had been unfree, i.e. villeins, can't remember who.
by Sophia
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

If Fox's fustian is wool/linen (often called Linsey-Woolsey) then walking/waulking/fulling would be logical to tighten up the weave, the beating/walking of wet cloth which has treated with something such as fuller's earth or strong soap to remove any remaining oils will have the effect of felting th...
by Sophia
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Different Calendar in history
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: Different Calendar in history

Also don't forget that years were sometimes written according to how long the current sovereign had been on the throne.

e.g. 1556 - Year 3 of Mary I reign (can't remember exactly how it would be written off top of the head).
by Sophia
Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Advertising
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

Re: Medieval Advertising

Though they are C18th you might want to look at Francis Wheatley's Cries of London. You could also perhaps look at Jost Amman's book of trades, to see if that offers any information.
by Sophia
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Summer costume for the medieval man?
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Re: Summer costume for the medieval man?

Though I am not a commercial maker, I am happy to assist anyone who is in the London area and fancies having a go at making their own as have done quite a few now. Not before October though because I have event commitments until 3rd and have to do work on our kit. Once again we are going to Bosworth...
by Sophia
Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Summer costume for the medieval man?
Replies: 10
Views: 2107

Re: Summer costume for the medieval man?

I suspect it depends on what you are doing and the role you are portaying. I would suggest that unless you are portaying someone very posh you review your hat choice, perhaps purchasing a rush sun hat from one of the traders (at least 2 of the polish traders sell them (ILHF I think) , as do Crafty B...
by Sophia
Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

For those who are interested in fustian and cloths containing cotton Ruth Gilbert (MA Textile, Dress and History, MPhil (Textile Conservation Centre) has recommended the following book: Fennel Mazzoui, Maureen. The Italian Cotton Industry in the Later Middles Ages 1100-1600, Cambridge University pre...
by Sophia
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Book binding
Replies: 7
Views: 2319

Re: Book binding

Second what Phil said about book binders/conservators and his advice is very sound. Just to add that if it is too fragile to be put in a slip case - i.e. damaged binding, pages loose, then a good alternative is to wrap it in acid free tissue paper and place it is an acid free cardboard box. Conserva...
by Sophia
Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

You can still get cotton moleskin from good cloth shops and also occasionally on Ebay. Just be careful that it is 100% cotton and not stretch moleskin which contains some elastane. The stuff I have was sold as moleskin suiting.
by Sophia
Fri Aug 03, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: 15th century Linen doublet sources
Replies: 110
Views: 15645

Re: 15th century Linen doublet sources

Fox - Mmodern worsted and woollens are produced exactly the same way as they were in the medieval period the only difference being that the process has been mechanised. That is the one thing we can be certain of as there are assizes of cloth and guild regulations extant for the Medieval period. They...

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