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by FionaDowson
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 6574

Re: Dark Age Children's Toys

Messing about on the net looking for stuff about rope making and something called schlenger (ow however it's spelt) I found a reference that viking cord making was still played as a children's game into the 1960s. You have a bobbin/spindle in each hand, suspended from a horizontal beam or a tree bra...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain
Replies: 6
Views: 4104

Re: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain

Penelope Walton Rogers has suggested that most of the fleece in the dark ages would have been brown or black as these would have been primitive breeds. Soays (Balmoral, Flag Fen, Tintagel) are a chocolate brown, Hebrideans are black. Of the sheep bones found at West Stow (430 to 650) it's not possib...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1790s ensemble
Replies: 1
Views: 2140

Re: 1790s ensemble

Does anyone have any info on a less posh costume? I'm looking to be a poor widow knitting guernseys for the men in Nelson's navy. I gather that I can buy a knitting stick from Alison and Hughs handmade things. Any hints on a dress? Do I need a shawl? What type of cap should I have? Does anyone know ...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop Spindles
Replies: 6
Views: 3643

Re: Drop Spindles

To learn with 2 old CDs or DVDs (you need 2 for the weight) held on a piece of dowel with tape will work fine. Or, if you want to be authentic, an apple will work but is a waste of good fruit Learning to spin with a drop spindle takes a little perseverance but it does just click, like riding a bicyc...
by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 30776

Re: Natural Dyes?

by FionaDowson
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: English Civil War period hats for men
Replies: 4
Views: 3238

Re: English Civil War period hats for men

There are knitting patterns for Monmouth hats on ravelry.com. Easy to make if you knit in the round but make sure you get a yarn which will felt - Merino wool works best and, being from Oz, is fairly easy to obtain
by FionaDowson
Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon stories
Replies: 3
Views: 2563

Re: Anglo-Saxon stories

Anglo Saxon Lays and Legends by Christopher Webster is available as a free kindle download from Amazon
by FionaDowson
Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Rope making
Replies: 2
Views: 4427

Rope making

Does anyone know how the Anglo Saxons made rope? I've found references to Viking whip cord (no 50 shades of grey jokes please) which looks quite fun and suitable for children. If something was practiced by the Norse can we assume that it was also how people in the early dark ages made things, or doe...
by FionaDowson
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:53 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo-Saxon stories
Replies: 3
Views: 2563

Anglo-Saxon stories

Can anyone point me in the right direction of some stories suitable for a scop?
by FionaDowson
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 10011

Re: Viking Tent Posts

Does anyone think they might have used leather as a tent covering? I think I've read somewhere that the Norse used leather sleeping bags and presumably they had plenty of leather. Would felt be a possibility? I know the Mongolians use it for summer yurts. There was felt found under the saddle of the...
by FionaDowson
Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Heritage seeds
Replies: 1
Views: 4272

Heritage seeds

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/hsl

Is anyone authentic enough to want to try out old varieties of seeds for their vegetables? At West Stow we grow white carrots which Alan the gardener faithfully seed saves but I'm not aware of people growing other old varieties of veg.
by FionaDowson
Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 6574

Re: Dark Age Children's Toys

by FionaDowson
Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: old English translator
Replies: 1
Views: 1804

old English translator

http://oldenglishtranslator.co.uk/

Translates one word in and out of Anglo Saxon English.

There is a specific word which describes the joy of feasting! I'll drink to that!
by FionaDowson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Societies
Topic: Early Saxons in Suffolk
Replies: 0
Views: 1027

Early Saxons in Suffolk

Stowacyn, the re-enactors of the Friends of West Stow - http://www.weststow.org We have a very specific time period, 410 to 650, so we're heathen/pagan. We have a whole reconstructed village to play with with a weaving shed, craft house and main hall. We do daily life, spinning, weaving, carving, co...
by FionaDowson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 6574

Dark Age Children's Toys

I gather there's evidence of small carved wooden horses which are more likely to be toys than votive offerings but does anyone have any opinions about rag type dolls? In Woman of the Viking Age it was suggested that children may have had rag dolls so I made one for West Stow village. She has disappe...
by FionaDowson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Creating Historical Clothes
Replies: 0
Views: 1171

Creating Historical Clothes

Elizabeth Friendship. Library number 646.4072

Primary source material is mainly paintings of Lord and Lady so and so but the patterns could, possibly, be adapted to suit other characters too.

From Tudor to Victorian.
by FionaDowson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historic Costumes and How to Make Them
Replies: 2
Views: 1708

Historic Costumes and How to Make Them

Mary Fernald an E Shenton. library number 646.478

Abridged edition of a 1937 book so views may have changed since then but the patterns in the back of the book are probably still useful

Mainly costumes of the uppercrust.

Chapters cover from late Saxon to Victorian.
by FionaDowson
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:28 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The English Resistance
Replies: 5
Views: 2013

The English Resistance

The Underground War Against the Normans. Peter Rex. Amberley publishing. library number 942.02 The Normans invaded and the Anglo-Saxons simply gave up. Really???? Not on your life!!! This is a well researched account of the Saxon resistance to the Norman Yolk with plenty of references to primary sou...
by FionaDowson
Tue May 26, 2015 6:17 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Viking Age Cookbook
Replies: 4
Views: 6437

Re: Viking Age Cookbook

Would using this for early Anglo-Saxons be cheating?
by FionaDowson
Tue May 26, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anglo-Saxon cooking
Replies: 5
Views: 6803

Anglo-Saxon cooking

http://nvg.org.au/documents/other/anglosaxonrecipes.pdf

Would anyone have any idea as to how authentic and verifiable this is?
by FionaDowson
Thu May 21, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Bee hives
Replies: 1
Views: 4779

Bee hives

Does anyone know anything about recreating a Roman bee hive? All I can find is that Virgil wrote about them and that there were laws governing beekeeping in ancient Rome
by FionaDowson
Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Buying from abattoirs
Replies: 0
Views: 4007

Buying from abattoirs

Very helpful reply from the people I asked about the regulations re buying from abattoirs. Thought this might be of use to anyone wishing to buy skin, bone or horn. There is a derogation, which allows you to use animal by-products (ABP) for educational purposes, without the need to register under th...
by FionaDowson
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking
Replies: 1
Views: 4289

Herbs in Anglo=Saxon dark age cooking

There are bits on re-enactors websites stating that the Saxons used herbs like thyme and burdock in cooking. Does anyone have a reference for this or any ideas as to what they used for flavouring pottage or did they just eat a plain stew and were grateful for it?
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Lamps
Replies: 2
Views: 2483

Lamps

Did the vikings use lamps?

There's a bit on Time Team series 10 epsidoe 4 where Phil Harding carves a soapstone lamp which looks very much like southern European lamps. Would the vikings (this was in the north of Scotland) have lamps and if so what did they use for oil? Whale oil?
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: weaving/loom
Replies: 19
Views: 8352

Re: weaving/loom

There's a bit about soapstone Viking loom weights which may have also been used as fishing weights (bet that was grounds for divorce!) on the Time Team programme giant's grave series 10 episode 4. There's no clay on Scottish islands apparently so they carved soapstone for bowls, pots, weight, lamps ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 9253

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

There's a company trading on etsy as weeping goat who sell leather tablets. No idea if there's any evidence for these. They're thicker than wooden ones but seem to grip the warp better if you're tablet weaving vertically using one loom weight nalbinding needles are fairly easy to make yourself just ...
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Antler comb
Replies: 6
Views: 3229

Antler comb

Channel 4 on demand, Time Team, series 5, episode 3 - interesting snip about how to make a comb from antler
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.
Replies: 4
Views: 2522

Re: ANOTHER Viking shield creation thread.

Found it - Channel 4 on demand, series 11 episode 4, Saxon burials on the ridge
by FionaDowson
Sat Mar 21, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon shield
Replies: 9
Views: 5753

Re: saxon shield

Channel 4 on demand, Time Team, series 11 epsiode 4, Saxon burials on the ridge

Also explains how to make glue from milk, beer and wood ash lye

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