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by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Anglo Saxon Costumes
Replies: 18
Views: 2628

Tablet woven one with a nice diamond pattern in Peter Collingwood's 'The Techniques of Tablet Weaving'.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Sheepskins
Replies: 0
Views: 619

Sheepskins

We recently got a skin from these lovely people: http://www.orkneysheepskins.com It's the best skin I've ever seen and not a harsh optical, chemical white like most but has been tanned the traditional way so more appropriate for those of us who use them for Living History. Was so pleased with it, ju...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:49 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Reviewing Trader's Websites
Replies: 35
Views: 3922

Fillionius Shieldmaiden - I'm guessing the logo is indistinct because of copyright issues from New Line or whoever owns the Eowyn image? Recognised it as I'm doing Eowyn's Challenge and there are a few groups out there calling themselves 'Shieldmaidens' - you could get a lot of confused Tolkien fans...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

Yes, strange I keep meeting other folk who come back with the same tale re. that guild - at first I'd thought it was just me... I suppose it's a bit like re-enactment groups. Some are better at making new members feel welcome, than others. Mind you, I can't pretend the Bham group were overwhelmingly...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Nov 28, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

LOL Ellen the Yorkshire Tea has always got me, as well. Very fetching picture of the Dales on the box but no discernible tea bushes, that I can see. Intriguing.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

Birmingham Guild I was last a member of maybe 10 years ago. I'm not in a Guild as the local one here (York) is snooty. I keep meeting feral Yorkshire spinners who say the same thing - we've all been once to their Guild and never again! As you know, the Journal is the publication of the Association o...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton velvet
Replies: 9
Views: 1645

I think you'd have to be rich as Croesus to afford velvet so it's a no-no whether silk, cotton or nylon! Not entirely sure, but I've a feeling cotton was only known here in later medieval times as stuffing for things. So if they're determined to look like the Queen of Sheba and bedeck themselves in ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

be prepared for a lot of dyer's beige. LOL Not the case at all! Years ago I wrote an article called 'The Surefire Dyer' - a list of idiot proof dye recipes that I guaranteed them wouldn't give khaki. Is best to cut to the chase and dye with fail-safe things first few times out - and I've found the ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Nov 23, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 1851

The safest mordant to use is also the best, probably, for what you want. Alum. I've been dyeing stuff for 20 odd years but mainly wool and silk, not linen. Linen doesn't take dye fantastically, you may well need to double dyestuff quantities to assure yourself some depth of colour. Don't alter the m...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:27 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Medieval body / face / ear piercings
Replies: 16
Views: 5042

I'm guessing they didn't have Prince Alberts til Victorian times, though. :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:08 am
Forum: General History
Topic: LIFE IN THE 1500's
Replies: 9
Views: 2044

The fact it is peppered with Americanisms gives it away as having no authority. ('Thatch' not 'thatched', the crack about England being little & old, etc).
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:01 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Beowulf and Grendel movie
Replies: 11
Views: 2096

Don't know about the recording of Heaney reading Beowulf but I spent a year translating that damn thing at university, week in week out and can tell you Heaney's is possibly the er... 'most free' translation you'll find. It is also the one with the most poetic merit, in its own right. So worth havin...

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