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by FionaDowson
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural dyeing event
Replies: 0
Views: 4140

Natural dyeing event

by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"
Replies: 12
Views: 10216

Re: The easy and authentic way to speak "old English"

For anyone wishing to learn OE there's a lovely Canadian chap posting things on youtube under the banner leornende eald englisc. I particularly enjoyed 'how to insult in Old English' :)

https://leornendeealdenglisc.wordpress.com
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Friends and Gossip
Topic: Advertising events
Replies: 1
Views: 4200

Advertising events

Free and cheap advertising available at: www.wherecanwego.com. free ads, locanto, gumtree, various county wide facebook groups (Rutland events, that kind of thing)

If you don't tell people, they won't know.....
by FionaDowson
Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nalbinding socks
Replies: 1
Views: 4484

Nalbinding socks

York stitch works better for socks, being a bit stretchy. Start at the toe, work up the anklethen do the heel last.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7eOlUDyy1Q
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Weald and Downland Museum
Replies: 0
Views: 4108

Weald and Downland Museum

www.youtube.com/user/wealddownlandmuseum

There's some interesting stuff on here about costumes, dyeing with madder, that sort of thing
by FionaDowson
Wed Jan 18, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Living history demos in Dorset
Replies: 0
Views: 4497

Living history demos in Dorset

http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.u ... -work.html

An opportunity for picking other people's brains or to volunteer yourself.

Incredible place - I can really recommend the storytelling events in the round house. Wrap up warm as it gets a bit chilly
by FionaDowson
Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Useful on line resource
Replies: 0
Views: 4135

Useful on line resource

https://blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/

Lots of interesting stuff about Old English, recipes etc etc
by FionaDowson
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Underwear
Replies: 2
Views: 5147

Underwear

https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson

Exhibition of underwear at the V&A from C18
by FionaDowson
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Embroidery
Replies: 0
Views: 4003

Embroidery

https://www.vam.ac.uk/shop/whatson

Exhibition of English medieval embroidery at the V& A
by FionaDowson
Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Tablet Weaving
Replies: 0
Views: 4181

Tablet Weaving

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCCOXaZHeOs At 0.52 there's a nifty tab weaving frame. Any ideas as to provenance or authenticity anyone???
by FionaDowson
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Nine Mens Morris
Replies: 8
Views: 8546

Re: Nine Mens Morris

Thank you :)
by FionaDowson
Sun Dec 11, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Courses in Hampshire
Replies: 0
Views: 4135

Courses in Hampshire

http://www.sustainability-centre.org/

Various courses,including deer butchery. I have no connection with the Sustainability Centre, I just came across this and thought I'd pass the info on.
by FionaDowson
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: learning anglo saxon.
Replies: 24
Views: 18092

Re: learning anglo saxon.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnwSc ... N5aV9in9ag There's a youtube channel - Leornende Old English - run by a terribly enthusiastic Canadian chap, which is quite fun. There's also Learn Old English With Leofwin. I do love youtube :)
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Nine Mens Morris
Replies: 8
Views: 8546

Re: Nine Mens Morris

The Birmingham Museum has a nine men's morris board for people to play in a Saxon house as part of the Staffordshire Hoard exhibition. I was so disappointed - they wouldn't let me bring any of it home :) If it's good enough for Birmingham Museum , it's good enough for me. They must have played somet...
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?
Replies: 10
Views: 9327

Re: What was worn when Highland Dress was banned?

How accurate is Robert Louis Stevenson? If memory serves there's a reference in Kidnapped to people stretching the law as far as possible and simply adding a few stitches to a kilt to make, presumably, something like 1990s culottes. Did he make this up or does it sound likely to people?
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website
Replies: 15
Views: 12350

Re: Historic Castings (cauldrons) website

Dennis of Daegrad Tools does some great metalwork. There were some lovely traders at Hastings selling cauldrons and tripods - price probably all depends on exchange rates. If you go to Hastings either take loads of money and only buy things you really need or don't take any money at all - it's a rea...
by FionaDowson
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Candles
Replies: 3
Views: 5660

Candles

http://www.oldandinteresting.com/tallow ... ffers.aspx

Does anyone know if flax and hemp were used for candle wicks? Is it stretching authenticity too far to make dip candles with your own hand spun wicks?
by FionaDowson
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rucksacks
Replies: 1
Views: 3337

Rucksacks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU1dKfMIEUQ

At 9.16 there's a clip of a preserved iron age rucksack, apparently made of leather. Any ideas as to how long a period you could stretch this to fit? I'm still looking for info about early Saxon rucksacks
by FionaDowson
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Roman Bookies?
Replies: 1
Views: 4820

Re: Roman Bookies?

There's a Time Team 'special' about Roman circuses (try the Ch 4 website) which has some references to gambling
by FionaDowson
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Anglo-Saxon cooking
Replies: 5
Views: 7691

Re: Anglo-Saxon cooking

Just came across a book by Debby Banham - Anglo Saxon Food and Drink. Bit pricey (£35). Does anyone know if this is worth buying?
by FionaDowson
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spin like a Viking
Replies: 0
Views: 4114

Spin like a Viking

/www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYazoGbnfQA

This is really quite good once you get through the excruciating first 30 seconds :)
by FionaDowson
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Spinning flax
Replies: 0
Views: 3361

Spinning flax

/www.youtube.com/watch?v=btncNCtBvBM

Thought this might be of use :)
by FionaDowson
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dark Age waist bags
Replies: 2
Views: 3582

Dark Age waist bags

has anyone ever tried making one of those little bags that dangle from ladies' waists for Anglo-Saxon or Viking re-enacting? I've read that the originals were made with elephant tusk to form the ring - does anyone know if they can be made using a circle of willow?
by FionaDowson
Sun Sep 04, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Event Announcements
Topic: NEW EVENT - EAST ANGLIAN LIVING HISTORY FAYRE
Replies: 2
Views: 2367

Re: NEW EVENT - EAST ANGLIAN LIVING HISTORY FAYRE

Do you know if they're doing this again for 2017?
by FionaDowson
Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Spoon carving
Replies: 0
Views: 4155

Spoon carving

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1F9IPlcc0

Essential skill for re-enactors of all ages
by FionaDowson
Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Coppiced Hazel-How long before it has to be worked
Replies: 3
Views: 5888

Re: Coppiced Hazel-How long before it has to be worked

For anyone in East Anglia interested in learning traditional wood crafts Orchard Barn run courses
by FionaDowson
Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:54 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Spinning - useful book
Replies: 0
Views: 3970

Spinning - useful book

The book I wish I'd had when I first learned to spin - Creative Spinning, Alison Daykin and Jane Deane, gaia books. The nearest thing to a ladybird book of how to spin. Located in a library at 746.12 Please be aware, spinning is highly addictive and involves taking over either a spare bedroom or a c...