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by Mad Mab
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 4082

Hi to everyone who makes corsets. Have a look at this pic: http://www.mantua-maker.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/1700-1-stays-side-photo.jpg I'm not saying a word. The blurb says that she copies extant garments and simplyfies them unless it affects the overall shape. What did they copy...
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:23 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20923

OK, only 'technically' historical, but 'The Dracula Tapes' by Fred Saberhagen is a really fun read. Retells Bram Stoker's Dracula from Dracula's point of view where the count makes himself out to be totally misunderstood and surrounded by complete idiots. IT can be truly hilarious (especially the pa...
by Mad Mab
Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20923

The Falco novels by Lindsey Davis are fun. I don't know how accurate they are (Romans aren't my period) but the characters are great and they fairly crackle along. Kind of Roman detective attempting to be in the style of Sam Spade except his family keep getting in the way :lol: Also the Hawkwood boo...
by Mad Mab
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20923

The Robert Carey Mysteries by P F Chisholm are fantastic. Late Elizabethan Border Reivers.
There are 4 of them:-
A Famine of Horses
A Season of Knives
A Surfeit of Guns
A plague of Angels.
Well written with an engaging hero based on a truly remarkable real-life man. :D
mab
by Mad Mab
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

Curiously enough I may well be being a hose knitter this year (I have spent most of the winter experimenting with variations on a knee length version of the Gunnister hose) though have also indicated that would be happy to be tailoring again. Good luck with the reiving - pity I am so far away as it...
by Mad Mab
Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

Hallo!
No, I'm sticking with the reiving. Too many things to do, not enough money/time to do it in/with.
You seamstressing again?
by Mad Mab
Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The hunt for Rob Roy the man and the myths
Replies: 3
Views: 1009

Re: The hunt for Rob Roy the man and the myths

Scottish Lady wrote:It's also very unpopular with the clan romantics, not only is Stevenson a traitor for writing it, I'm a traitor and a Pharisee for reading it!
The meenister.


What does spreading the word about it make you? :shock: :wink:
May have to look it out.
by Mad Mab
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

Cool! Many thanks. :D
Will have a rummage through that lot tonight and see if I can find something that suits.
by Mad Mab
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2474

Query about gloves

Does anyone have any sources for knitted hancoverings (gloves/fingerless gloves/mittens etc) in the mid C16th in Britain? I'm after something to keep me hands warm and was trying to find out whether it would be likely to have knitted stuff (and what form that would take) or whether I'd be better off...
by Mad Mab
Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Exercising the horses
Replies: 23
Views: 3288

Just make sure your mount doesn't stop dead when you are about to get belted and you'll be OK! http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i295/buggersgrips/Horsey%20pics/P2170118.jpg Technically he would have had to be moving in the first place for him to stop dead........ Sorry, sorry, sorry Seriously thou...
by Mad Mab
Fri Dec 21, 2007 10:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Preparing fabric
Replies: 30
Views: 3262

And then, of course, (because there's always one an it's usually me :roll: ) there's my old blue C14th dress. I pre-wash everything because I have an unerring ability to fall into any body of water around. I pre-washed the wool for this dress, made the dress and, with my usual ability to take my own...
by Mad Mab
Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 8573

Re: Cane for boning...

Hi Mab The following I've taken direct from http://www.tudortailor.com website: "8mm centre cane suitable for farthingale hoops, 6mm suitable for sleeve hoops, 1/4” chair cane suitable for boning bodies " I used 2 pieces per channel of the 1/4 inch for my effigy corset. They don't need so...
by Mad Mab
Sat Dec 08, 2007 12:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 8573

Hi Lidi, An alternative that is absolutely authentic is to use split cane. This will give you a similar flexibility to plastic fake whalebone but will also "breathe" better. I can recommend it highly as my Effigy corset (which is similar to an 18th century corset) is entirely boned in spl...
by Mad Mab
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:08 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 8573

If you want cheap, narrow, plastic boning, cable ties work wonderfully and they're available from any DIY shop. On the subjects of bents mind, my next project is a C17th pair of bodies and, since I'm aiming for as authentic an item as I can manage, a source for some period form of bents would be muc...
by Mad Mab
Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:01 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Whose side are you on?
Replies: 46
Views: 6386

Being a Lancashire lad my father would be rolling in his grave if he had seen me watercarrying for the Yorkists. (At least he would be if we hadn't cremated him!). So, given the choice, Lancastrian.
by Mad Mab
Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Wedding Pictures
Replies: 5
Views: 1532

You both look great. That dress is a gorgeous colour. Glad it all went well :D
mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:03 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Legend of Robin Hood BBC 1975
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Ah, Paul Darrow. Saw him play Vimes in a production of 'Guards, Guards' He was brilliant. At one point he managed to get the whole audience hiding under their seats because of the dragon, including my mam which was impressive cause she had no idea what was going on and kept asking 'what are we doing...
by Mad Mab
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Frieze
Replies: 8
Views: 1048

Re: Frieze

gregory23b wrote:Does anyone make this stuff, or anythign approximating medieval frieze, does any one know what it should look like?


I know HMA ltd (Stuart Peachy) sell Frieze. It seems to be a very thick, hairy wool. Will dig out details when I get home.
mab
by Mad Mab
Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: your favorit sites/buildings
Replies: 25
Views: 3962

Warkworth Castle (& hermitage), Dunstanburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle (Closely followed by Hermitage, Bamburgh Castle, Harbottle Castle, etc, etc). Homesick now. :(
mab
by Mad Mab
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:45 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 7170

can't remember his title, vague recollection from Macdonald Fraser's Steel bonnets. :D If he's who I think he is, he was replaced by Robert Carey, who, judging by his memoirs, had great fun trying to get the March back on track. He would possibly have been an arguement for the scottish administrati...
by Mad Mab
Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Age
Replies: 31
Views: 7170

(John?) Forster - born 1499 died 1601/2 - worked the northern borders, hard as nails and in the saddle in his 90s. He was the warden of the English Middle March, wasn't he? I seem to recall him letting things in the March go to wrack and ruin in his later years but to be fair to him, at that age, s...
by Mad Mab
Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tudorbethan suit.
Replies: 35
Views: 3649

Very cool suit (how do I keep missing these threads :oops: )! I'm of the opinion that the extra material is for stuffing reived sheep down as it's easier than herding them. As for riding in kit, I'm happy to say that the worst that happened to me was a sudden loss of memory while dismounting from a ...
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:41 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Black head loop
Replies: 27
Views: 4382

If it is a wire rather than a draped cord, is it possible that it may be a counterbalance for the headdress rather than a support?
mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:53 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It - Dorothy Hartley
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

One of my personal favourites is the hunter. :lol: I'm fond of that one too, but the fishmongers hair and pout JUST swing it :D I'm going to have to go and flip through it again. I also have vague memories of the old woman who looks like she's trying to escape and a physician who looks about 12.......
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:59 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A sack frock.
Replies: 25
Views: 3432

Nigel wrote:Mabb at Lananrk you were roughly 10 feet away from the corset on it


Curses! (Not that I was actually awake at that point :oops: ) Alright, now I've got visions of a corset wandering around on its own :shock:
mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Bayreuth 14/9- 15/9 - 2007 (18th century)
Replies: 12
Views: 2005

Wow! Just....wow! Some lovely clothing there (and some fantastic photos). Very, very jealous!
mab
by Mad Mab
Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:27 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: A sack frock.
Replies: 25
Views: 3432

Late again, but......really, really lovely work! Really wish I could make it down to TORM to see it in real life.
mab
by Mad Mab
Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:32 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It - Dorothy Hartley
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

As the Otherone says, worth it for the photo's alone. One of my personal favourites is the hunter. :lol:
On the whole, has a couple of useful hints in it but there are more useful books available. (When you have the money, however, buy it for the photo's!)
mab
by Mad Mab
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New re-enactment group in Edinburgh
Replies: 32
Views: 7028

'The Underminers' and appear to be plotting world domination! Again :roll: mab Heh, some kind of underground movement eh? Anyway, Wombles >> Moles Nope, you've clearly not met any moles recently. Or possibly you have and were taken in by their skills at subterfuge.... Besides which, I'd have backed...
by Mad Mab
Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: New re-enactment group in Edinburgh
Replies: 32
Views: 7028

gregory23b wrote:moles have sense, foxes do not.


They also have worrying organisation and a darkly twisted sense of humour. The particular cell who are currently my tenants are now calling themselves 'The Underminers' and appear to be plotting world domination! Again :roll:
mab

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