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by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: bee skeps
Replies: 8
Views: 2551

Re: bee skeps

It's possible to make your own if you can locate old variety long wheat straw used by thatchers. Info (inevitably) on you tube. I used a crochet hook and the top of a cut down lemonade bottle instead of a cow horn. I also used jute twine rather than willow

Beowulf means honey hunter!
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Use of Naturally Black Wool in 400 - 1100 CE Britain
Replies: 6
Views: 1790

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

So, should Friar Tuck, as a friar (not a monk) wear grey rather than brown?

I've been catching up with the Child ballads on Liber Vox and in the old ballads he's a wonderfully eccentric fellow. Dear Brother Ranulph - are you a happy monk like our dear Friar Tuck? I can't imagine you as a glum chap
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: "Dark Age" Chairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2493

Re: "Dark Age" Chairs?

A folding chair (pics look like directors chairs) was found at Prittlewell (Southend). Info on Wikipedia or watch the Time Team episode, 2004 on the Ch 4 website

Reproductions of this could be a gift to re-enactors as they'd fit in the boot of a car really easily
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Tent Posts
Replies: 13
Views: 2556

Re: Viking Tent Posts

http://www.warehamforge.ca/worldnorse/wnbondi.html

This chap is talking about sheepskin sleeping bags. Sounds cosy

Lurv and kisses to you too Neil
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: "Dark Age" Chairs?
Replies: 9
Views: 2493

Re: "Dark Age" Chairs?

ulti-pwww.heritage.norfolk.gov.uk/record-details?MNF1012-Spong-Hill-Early-Saxon-cemetery-and-meriod-finds-and-features&Index=869&RecordCount=56542

Spong Hill man sits on a chair
Will send lovely Brother Ranulph a £50 note as soon as I've printed some more - worth his weight in gold :)
by FionaDowson
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: HELP!
Replies: 3
Views: 1075

Re: HELP!

Ic is often taken as being an East Anglian thing, as in Iceni, Icknield Way, villages like Icklingham
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 15068

Re: Natural Dyes?

Woad is easy to grow, grows on nutrient poor soil but does self sow It's also easy to grow your own urine :) St Johns wort root is said to give red dye, the root being red. What did our ancestors mean by red? DId they mean scarlet or simply elastoplast pink? Madder is a bit tricky. Being native to T...
by FionaDowson
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Links and Resource Directory
Replies: 27
Views: 11616

Re: Links and Resource Directory

www.historicknit.co.uk

Useful info on military knits and a bit about George Mallory climbing Everest
by FionaDowson
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Rope making
Replies: 2
Views: 1082

Re: Rope making

http://genvieve.net/sca/whipcording-howto.html

This seems to be on the track. I wonder if it would be possible to do this with drop spindles to save the effort of winding thread from a spindle to a bobbin? Any ideas as to how far back this goes?
by FionaDowson
Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Dark Age Children's Toys
Replies: 5
Views: 1485

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: 1790

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: 947

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: 1858

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: 15068

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: 1593

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: 1131

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: 1082

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: 1131

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: 2556

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: 881

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: 1485

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: 952

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: 505

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: 1485

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: 444

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: 654

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: 903

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: 2012

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: 1671

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: 1228

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

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