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by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Border reiver women
Replies: 25
Views: 3625

Out of curiousity, which period in the border history are you aiming for?
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Border reiver women
Replies: 25
Views: 3625

One of my Winter projects is going to be completely re-vamping my elizabethan wardrobe. Planning is fun! That's ambitious! My planning consists of "Do I swap my rapier for a basket hilt next season or not?" :) Nah, not really. I move in fits and starts. (Besides I've got to do something t...
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Border reiver women
Replies: 25
Views: 3625

But aren't they a bit posh for reiving women? The basic kirtle pattern will work well enough as a base. (You can also buy full sized patterns from the Tudor Tailor website). Besides, it depends on what station your aiming for. There were noble women up here (not huge numbers but they did exist.) an...
by Mad Mab
Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen shirts/tunics and dyes
Replies: 9
Views: 2069

^^^ as said, would there be some account for just wearing one layer (of linen) in summer (given that's what peasants seem to be wearing in the fields) Mind you, that is in the fields (or when doing tough manual labour). You do not tend to see depictions of people in just their shirts else. Possibly...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing with madder.
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Wait a minute- mad mab is supposed to be coming to an event with us this weekend. An event at which we shall be oversupplied with fire! (And probably water, in the form of rain) And I have alum and pottery vessels purchased for precisely this sort of thing. Doesn't matter if it smells, as long as i...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing with madder.
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Well it does involve a certain sort of cooking :twisted: :wink: :lol: Hey, I'm doing better at that these days (see, re-enactment is educational). Cooking in a tudor kitchen every so often has done more for my cookery skills than a whole 30 years of having to feed myself :oops: Of course, it also m...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing with madder.
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Thanks for that Sophia. Will hang on and see if either of the above mentioned come across this thread.
I'm really going to regret trying to do this aren't I :lol:
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dyeing with madder.
Replies: 17
Views: 1929

Dyeing with madder.

Alright, while it's in my mind. I am intent on making a madder-dyed wool petticoat for my tudor goings-on (Aprox 1570). Have only ever dyed things (on purpose, anyway :oops: ) in the washing machine with dylon so would appreciate any advice anyone can offer on using madder with alum as a mordant (is...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hopefully, a simple question on seams!
Replies: 10
Views: 1653

For my 1588 Tailor's wife's outfit this year I made a side lacing canvas bodied petticoat (double layer of heavy flax canvas on front, single on back and lined with unbleached linen on bodies) with a madder dyed Norwich stuff skirt lined with lightweight cream wool. It had a flat waist, busk pocket...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

there is of course St paul's letter to the corinthians which is the key new testament basis for head covering. St Pauls letter to the corinthians was over 2000 years ago. the WOTR person and thier hat was 500 years ago. I think you need to provide a supporting argument to explain how you know that ...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 24, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

Re-enforcing your status to the people who know you is surely more important than to those who don't in many ways - you might take your sleeves off or tuck them into your belt whilst working (note that's not removing all your doublet/gown/over kirtle/whatever you want to call it) but as soon as you...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:58 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

There are even illustrations of women with kertle and shift partially tucked into a belt so that their legs are partially exposed. Everyone should come down to the Ludlow Christmas market, you soon get a feel for wearing all those extra layers, including cloaks. :) No need. Reenactment in the summe...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

I think on top that we have to consider is that illustrations represent life all year round, and also over represents some aspects of life. Therefore pictures, particularly of women, working on hot day are less common. Conversely, we have a medieval life centred strongly around summertime and dayti...
by Mad Mab
Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

Re-enactorism - I took it be something that we showing or telling gave the impression to the public was common/happened when the evidence appears to suggest it doesn't. Potboy - nope you're right I simply couldn't think of an easily understood medieval term off the top my head..spitboy? Er My origi...
by Mad Mab
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

All possible of course, but where's the evidence that black was a rich man's colour? Black was one of the more expensive dyes and although it could be fixed, it faded very fast and black is a colour where you notice the fading. It's the constant redyeing to keep the original colour that I'm pretty ...
by Mad Mab
Tue Jul 22, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Re-enactorisms
Replies: 222
Views: 22386

If you are going to wear black you need to have clothes of the cut and standing to be in that colour - because only the rich did. Are you sure? Looking at Medieval art, it appears that, for instance, black hose is second in popularity only to red. Do you have any evidence to back up the assertion t...
by Mad Mab
Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: 'Feeling the pinch' update - am down and very nearly out
Replies: 49
Views: 10056

Just to say, nice to meet you at the weekend, Angela. Gingerbread, whore's farts and mead kept us going through the weekend :D
by Mad Mab
Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27280

It would be a process for overgarments and visible slothing - underwear wouldn't need re-dyed (I speculate here but it makes sense). I'm not sure how much underlinen the wealthy had in their closets but the process for visible garments would have been a sign of wealth - flaunting it was a fairly co...
by Mad Mab
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:17 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27280

I thought that dark colours especially didn't fasten as well to linen... plus with an item like a shirt that needs frequent washing, it would start to fade awfully quickly wouldn't it? As well as being ridiculously expensive? Slight digression and I can't remember the reference but I have read a re...
by Mad Mab
Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Animal Tails
Replies: 199
Views: 27280

gregory23b wrote: if some people were seen with a spud hanging from their bums you can guarantee you would get others doing the same.


Can we please not give people ideas! :shock:


:wink:
by Mad Mab
Wed May 21, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: YAY!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1054

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by Mad Mab
Thu May 08, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor suppliers
Replies: 27
Views: 2490

sally wrote:I do knit stockings and caps that have been well recieved by the Tudor types


And lovely stockings and caps they are too! :D
Fantastic when wandering about in the snow wondering why everyone else is shivering.....
by Mad Mab
Thu May 01, 2008 12:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you indicate you are ill with an infectious disease?
Replies: 22
Views: 2872

Re: How do you indicate you are ill with an infectious disea

guthrie wrote:I can't find my book on english medieval medicine, so i thought I would ask you all how I can indicate I am ill with some communicable disease, so everyone stays away from me?


Is there something the rest of us should know before Saturday?! :shock:
by Mad Mab
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:17 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Dark is Rising - Film - The Seeker
Replies: 7
Views: 1429

I saw The Dark is Rising in the cinema. I've loved the books (especially this one) for years and years and the only reason I didn't walk out in the middle was cause I was there with friends. Absolutley awful. Can seconf the vote for 'the Spiderwick Chronicles'. Haven't read the books but the film is...
by Mad Mab
Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 15532

Crikey, there's some pretty special stuff around... and the gents stuff Debs posted! My god. Is it wrong that I'm a LRPer but have better and more accurate kit than many supposed re-enactors? And just to actually contribute to the thread: Anglo-Saxon costume with invisible cloak Draughty pirate shi...
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 15532

Crikey, there's some pretty special stuff around... and the gents stuff Debs posted! My god. Is it wrong that I'm a LRPer but have better and more accurate kit than many supposed re-enactors? And just to actually contribute to the thread: Anglo-Saxon costume with invisible cloak Draughty pirate shi...
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:55 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20741

The Sally Lockhart books by Philip Pullman - yes they're for older children but a great read set in Victorian times, suitable for the bath! Anything by Mary Stewart! Daphne du Maurier? I'm trying to finish Martin Chuzzlewit at the moment, it's been hard work, but the indictment of mid 19th century ...
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 16, 2008 11:40 am
Forum: General History
Topic: First or Third Person LH?
Replies: 44
Views: 7359

I remember going to see Past Pleasures (Who are, I think, admittedly professional historical interpreters) at Berwick and Warkworth during the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns. They did 1st person the whole day and it was fantastic fun to talk to them. They did occasionally break charact...
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Robin Hood (1991)
Replies: 1
Views: 673

I liked this version too. There is a fantastic line in it somewhere where a messenger details where he's been wherelse he has to go before nightfall which makes you wonder what he's feeding his horse (speed? caffiene?).
Plus, I've always liked Owen Teale.
by Mad Mab
Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 15532

That being said, the Kochfrau is excellent. Yes, I thought she was great too. Also liked the Saxon 1530's dress and the venetian lass on the couch with the book. Makes me want to try my hand at german now. There really are some fantastic outfits on there as well as fantastic efforts that don't dese...

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