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by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3634

The lichen dye crottle (parmelia saxatalis) will give you a similar colour to those in that link and is thought to have been the cheapo version of a kind of Tyrian purple. Another substantive lichen dye that gives pinks is xanthoria parietina (careful with lichen nomenclature as it varies). With the...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Feb 24, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: medieval knitting
Replies: 27
Views: 3712

See if your library has 'A History of Hand Knitting' by Richard Rutt. You can find what you need to know, there.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:11 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6657

I am sure there are analogies in the textiles realms where a term denotes a period or action? [/i] :D True but if they're misused by non textile people, I don't think we'd get too worked up and constantly correct them as we understand they might not know the technical terms. Eg: people routinely co...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6657

OK. Boredom still prevails, so... Had a look in Bosworth-Toller which you can find here (have fun - it's brilliant - just click on the letters on the right hand side to go to that part of the dictionary): http://beowulf.engl.uky.edu/~kiernan/BT/Bosworth-Toller.htm And there's plenty of evidence for ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Death to moths!
Replies: 29
Views: 4107

Been working with fibres for nearly 30 years and have never lost a single thing to moths. I don't bother doing anything, either, to be honest. That's not much use is it? :D I dunno what I'm doing right - I break all the rules too. Often store raw wool and silk in polythene, you name it. Maybe lucky....
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6657

I think in Modern English it's pedantic to care either way. But being pedantic (and bored) I had a quick look-up in some Anglo Saxon dictionaries to see how 'old' fire might be in the sense of 'to shoot'. The obvious Old English verb for shoot is 'sceotan' (pronounced 'shay-otan') as you can see - '...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 24396

'Cotton' seems to be the name for a type of low grade woolen fabric, finished in a certain way. So even references to 'cotton' you can find may not be referring to cotton as we understand it. In the medieval period there are references to it being used possibly as packing, padding or stuffing, rathe...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: is that a real baby?....
Replies: 27
Views: 4532

My older kids spend their time gambling - cards and dice - in the 17thC so it's pretty self evident what they're doing. :D The younger ones, whatever period we've been re-enacting, just tend to get stalked for their cute photos (ditto local papers covering events - never bothered about the fancy peo...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:01 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Saxon Please.....We're English!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3129

I got no problem with them dropping it from the Eng Lit courses IF there were separate courses just for philiology, Old English, Old Norse, Indo-European, etc. Because I resented having to waste time (to fill out my 3 years) doing rubbish like Middle English and my mates who wanted to do post-struct...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:27 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What right with the film Braveheart?
Replies: 13
Views: 2825

It ends (eventually)

Also you can eat popcorn when watching it.

Also I love being the pantomime baddy. S'more fun.

Ah and I think he dies at the end although not entirely sure as my attention wandered an hour or so before that point.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: No Saxon Please.....We're English!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3129

I did a degree in Eng Lang and Lit and opted to spend three years doing Old English, Old Norse and was forced to spend some time on Middle English but that was more boring, so I kept that to a minimum. I was lucky enough to go to one of the few universities where Old Norse and OE were tught not as a...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:48 am
Forum: General History
Topic: obscure saints
Replies: 53
Views: 10036

We didn't chop his head off - we just modified him. :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:46 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Braiding with silk
Replies: 21
Views: 1436

Lidi, my lucet braid seems to be pretty elastic even when it's made from silk - depends on the person and the tension, I'm guessing! I don't do medievals anymore, but when I did, my stretchier stuff worked fine for lacing kirtles.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Braiding with silk
Replies: 21
Views: 1436

Try:

http://www.devereyarns.co.uk/

If you order over the phone, tell them what you want it for and they'll advise as to what denier you need. They've always been very helpful to me and their colour range is impressive. They've always despatched my orders impressively quickly, too.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:34 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3750

Vd'A Please take this at face value, but how is one (academic or otherwise) able to claim accurate pronunciation of an essentially dead / metamorphosed language? I think of the Church Latin / phonetic Latin dichotomy, or even in modern times the stressed long or short "a" sound, such as &...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:31 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3750

Not sure if you mean loose rambling storytelling or actually doing what bards did. And there's a HUGE difference between them! Have never done this in a re-enactment way as the periods I loved enough to get a degree in (Old Norse and Old English with a lot of snooze-worthy medieval stuff thrown in),...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Dec 24, 2007 4:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century stripy hose
Replies: 7
Views: 941

It's one of those things where experience and common sense tell you one thing, but the extant evidence - small as it is - tells you otherwise. Knitted woollen stockings were the commoner sort (as opposed to cloth) by the 17thC, but for most people according to inventories and other sources, they see...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7759

:lol: Annie, I wish you'd explained that rather brilliant shortcut before I spent 3 mths handstitching channels! Thing is, I wouldn't care if the stays were flattering but they always make me looks like a smartie tube.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Getting mad with my lucet! grrrr...
Replies: 18
Views: 3469

Recently discovered Ziggy's lucets: http://www.thelucet.co.uk/ They have a handy bobbin that you also use as a stopper, so you don't lose work in progress if you have to put it away.... Although 'inauthentic' as it's his invention, you can always hide the bobbin in a pouch when work's in progress, t...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 20, 2007 1:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Preparing fabric
Replies: 30
Views: 2988

Like Lucy, I wash it -n regardless of how it's fulled or finished. If you want to pre-shrink wool you just do the opposite of everything you're meant to do to stop it shrinking/felting - the things wool really hates are agitation (especially in detergent) and changes in temperature. Conversely, to w...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 20, 2007 12:52 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7759

You're right. I checked in Janet Arnold and the pair of bodies described there are silk which probably had two layers of linen - all the linen has rotted away but she postulates 2 layers as the stitching is loose. What I'm thinking of is a photo I've seen of effigy bodies where the knots on the line...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Other types of cord
Replies: 10
Views: 1535

What's more remarkable about that - if it is a sock and I guess it could be anything - is she's knitting toe upwards, which is not the way we'd think of as 'traditional' in Europe... Wonder what it is? More than one colour isn't too surprising - plenty of examples of it from the earliest of times.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7759

Ta Annie and Merlon I've done the dirty and gone and got some hazel and willow today and a preliminary experiment looks promising... I have an outhouse full of dried weld as it is, so some willow won't make any difference! Will get up there in the week and see what I come away with. We read about th...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Getting mad with my lucet! grrrr...
Replies: 18
Views: 3469

Yes, have to agree with Gina. I've lucetted with some lovely linen from Mulberry Dyer and my own handspun linen, and found the finished cord to be strangely elastic and not at all hard on the hands. Think that's a bit of a myth. :D I was surprised how much give they have.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Getting mad with my lucet! grrrr...
Replies: 18
Views: 3469

1. Hold lucet in hand you prefer. 2. Take length of yarn and stick it through hole in lucet's handle (if there is one - if not, no worries. Ignore that). 3. Wind yarn round both forks lucet in a figure of 8, starting with left fork. 4. Bring yarn back to right fork and pull in front of lucet fork, a...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7759

LOL Annie Tell you what I'll go and cut some willow (the basket making sort not the boning stuff I have in mind) and leave it out all winter and then if we coincide at an event will bring it along for you, next year? Gratis, of course. I'm thinking of a particular stand of willow by the river that w...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cheap "silks"
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

Or, nearer to you, try:

http://www.fancysilkstore.co.uk/

If you can get there! If not, this might be useful to someone in the Midlands.

Sari stores are also great for fake silk as well as real.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7759

Re. bents/boning for folks not bears... anyone ever tried the thinnest branches of hazel or willow? You can get really fine ones and it's the time of year, now. Occurs to me they're native - and free! Anyone tried it? I'm thinking of giving it a go. We also have stacks of reeds round here but I aren...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17thc written materials
Replies: 10
Views: 1599

There'd definitely be a demand for that. Have seen a big variety of hands in the 17thC parish registers we use in our research. One in particular was strikingly 'modern' and luckily for me it was the precise page I needed, was just like looking down a shopping list - but have seen many more look mor...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Nov 21, 2007 12:44 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What's your 'world record' for a sewing job?
Replies: 15
Views: 1601

Ah Sophia I'm also doing some Gunnister-ish stockings, using the pattern as described by the knitting bishop. Mine are doing OK - just turning the second heel (like a moron I wrote down what I did as I went along for first leg and promptly lost it so have had to figure out second one by looking at f...

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