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by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

Ooh viscontesse, do you have any definite details about turning the heel on a mid-C17th stocking, please? ....I really don't know what to do when I reach the heel though as none of those three has a heel extant. I've written to the Museum to ask if they have any detailed descriptions of contemporar...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 15, 2008 7:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

Yes, knitting in the round is easier, never said otherwise - my point was, Drew would be best doing that from the start! Also, the knitting isn't as scary as the cutting into the knitting which would need to be done for the garment as described. Your tension is automatically better if you knit in th...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Yep the trimmings look like she's a prize cow at the village fete who rampaged through the flower arranging tent and came out festooned with random flowers... :lol: The US/Europe fashion gap interests me too - if it was so noticeable as late as the mid 1990s, what must it have been like in the 1840s...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Finger-loop braids: Noddy's How-To in 'Piecework'
Replies: 0
Views: 690

Finger-loop braids: Noddy's How-To in 'Piecework'

For anyone else like me, who needs to learn some basic loop-manipulated braiding but can't figure it out....

This issue of 'Piecework' (Vol XVI, No' 2) has a nice, simple how-to article with clear photos.

http://www.interweave.com/needle/piecework_magazine/

Currently in a Borders near you!
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Yes, I was sat a few yards last year from someone in another group who'd just started dyeing, only been at it a few months and was elaborately explaining the sad and boring colours you have to unsuspecting members of the public. I set up after her - so didn't have a chance to chat before I got set u...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Leeds Town Hall. Beautiful in there, too - worth going to look inside the building. :D There's another one in Oct or Nov, so I hear - will post date when I get it. It was doing a roaring trade all day - if anyone here buys/sells vintage clothes or likes collecting sewing/craft notions, I'd give it a...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Aniline dyes something round about 1861 but that was mauve - dunno how long it took to invent radioactive peach. :lol: I have some poke-your-eyes out scarlet wool, wasn't gonna use for my new 17thC petticoat as it screamed CHEMICALLLL to me... then I dyed another lot of wool with madder, using tin m...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3776

Jaysus.... what's with the 'tabs'? Looks like a rottweiler's mauled it. And pn the homepage she says:

No bizarre concoctions


Not doing what it says on the tin, is it? :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

I like the second one down - the lovely peach confection. :lol: Reminds me of the lady on the 1970's Quality St tin.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

What it's missing is what the old site had - covert pictures taken not things proudly and lovingly sent in! :lol:

I've just got a really good digital camera and may get horribly tempted later this year.... :wink:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

:lol: Shadowcat, I may well have to divorce Worser Half just to get married again, just to wear that gothic confection..... it has everything really. I think they should institute a fire hazard warning system for these outfits though - from 1 flame = slightly combustible upto, say, 5 flames = don't ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

And I think my personality is wang. :lol: I wish I had the money to go to an American RenFayre thing - they look to be absolutely hilarious. There used to be some cracking pictures online - site called summat like *Rate My Kit* which of course, it felt like a public duty to do .... but I think the s...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

If that's the spam you get glad we're out of the clothes making business. :lol: Here's my favourite - 100% cotton too. http://www.mcloren.com/Tabards%20and%20Surcotes/medieval__tabards_and_surcotes.htm Think I might buy this to express my inner witchy-poos (first one): http://www.mcloren.com/Ladies%...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Apr 06, 2008 11:43 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2325

I dunno if the scoggers are putative or not but can see that anything knitted is a lot more comfortable and easier to live with, than its equivalent that is tailored, so can well believe it... Anyone whose worn knitted hose for the 17thC would not willingly go back to cloth, methinks! Drama students...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2325

Just found a pic of that pre 1600 mitten here: http://community.livejournal.com/knithistoric/8264.html Also an interesting pic of a 'felted' vest. The text isn't so useful - she says about there being no such thing as purl stitches at that date, despite the fact about an inch away from her statement...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2325

Don't know a lot about the bit of knitting called 'scoggers' but the little I gathered was that it's more honestly an unidentified fragment of knitting - no real way of knowing what it was and off the top of me head can't recall anything that would back it up for that use. So when I see medieval fol...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

Drew don't be put off knitting! Just start with something easy and take it from there!

Here's my place where I go for inspiration. She had to get rather drunk too, to cut a steek:

http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Apr 04, 2008 1:02 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Query about gloves
Replies: 13
Views: 2325

'Spin Off' magazine, Spring 1996 had an article "Early Mitteyns: Two Bags" by the late Deborah Pulliam. She also worked out a pattern for a pair of fulled mitts with long gauntlets which was included. She was aware of the lone pre 1600 child's mitten in the London Museum, but recreated her...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

I was probably just subconsciously associating her with Elton John, given the wig.... :wink:
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Child Burials.
Replies: 14
Views: 2921

One thing that fascinates me, doing research in our parish records is how you will get someone who was dirt poor and in their 70s, still just 'agricultural labourer' on the census - with a big, fat marble gravestone... then an entire dynasty of very wealthy people with literally hundreds of acres, w...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Alice I need the wig too, but notice it ain't for sale. :lol: :lol: I think he's saying *I'm a lady...*
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: knitting
Replies: 21
Views: 2385

I knit things from the period before and the period after, but have no knowledge of 18thC knitting, so hesitate to reply! What I can give you is some general advice that might set you in good stead for whatever your project is..... One bit of general advice is - I'd start with something smaller and ...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Nice of her husband/son/brother to model this for her:

http://tinyurl.com/2kkjdl

Cool 'Victorian' wig you got there, too....
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Apr 02, 2008 3:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

<~ not entirely sure which one was 'Georgian' as it'/s anyone's guess....

The sudden mad demand for wang pre-Kelmarsh might drive the prices up... buyers' market and all that.... One of those outfits could even get upto £3.70 in the stampede.... :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

Trouble with that is, a sudden run on wang might mean they're encouraged to make MORE of it. :wink: That said, what a brilliant beer tent that would be...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Purses In Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 3340

This is my 17thC purse - one of the best things I ever bought from a trader:

http://www.karlrobinson.co.uk/ladies_pu ... ockets.php
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

That purple shirt would be fantastic for Prince 1884 re-enactment. :D This feels a bit like mocking the afflicted, but I'm having way too much fun to stop... Wonder if they're going to get excited, seeing how many people are doing 'Watch This Item'...? :wink: btw, this which we already had: http://c...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:21 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Period-Georgian-Style-Fancy-Dress-Gown_W0QQitemZ140219034246QQihZ004QQcategoryZ53372QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem And currently at a quid summat - so wildly overpriced. I'm enjoying this 'Sound of Music' (sorry, I meant 'viking') emsemble.. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VIKING-...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 14895

I want to be a guest at that medieval/schmedieval wedding... :lol: Better still, could I be a bridesmaid and buy my own dress off ebay...???? :lol:

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