Search found 282 matches

by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 15003

Or what about: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Yellow-Wool-Re-enactment-Skirt-with-matching-bolero_W0QQitemZ180227512098QQihZ008QQcategoryZ98722QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem The skirt is suitable for re-enactment from the late Tudor period through to Victorian depending on the character you wish to pr...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 30, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3820

One medieval artist and writer even went as far to describe it (cotton) as growing on a tree that had little sheep hanging from its branches - when their coats got heavy the branches bowed down, the little sheep were sheared, and the boughs would spring back up till they were ready for shearing aga...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: the strange things you find....
Replies: 131
Views: 15003

Hehe so tempting. Right. Let's get bidding.... Let's see if I win I get 'the perfect wedding gown' - but where's the groom that would appreciate it? And would it stress out his guide dog.... To be fair she is absolutely right.... it IS a re-enactment outfit - Sealed Knot 1978. I saw very many like i...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Child Burials.
Replies: 14
Views: 2938

Beardo man. Our old ECWS regt was populated with archeology students, and we lived with a houseload of them too - big student house. Have seen every person I lived with at uni and many of our old regt on that show at some point or other! :D They did know their stuff though and most have gone on to b...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 9:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Child Burials.
Replies: 14
Views: 2938

Ah yes see what you mean. I just thought it meant infant mortality was higher! :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Victorian Clothes Peg
Replies: 3
Views: 1243

When I was a kid (1960s not 1860s) the gypsies still sold them door to door in rural Yorkshire, at harvest-time. But they were the whittled 'dolly pegs', not spring ones like that. My mum always bought some, so she wouldn't get bad luck. I once found a curious brass thing that looked like a safety p...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3820

Ah well there you go then - nothing authentic about cotton wool! Even in the 18thC, raw cotton would not be an obvious material for stuffing anything - although it may well have been available as it's known at earlier dates it was used for packaging stuff at the docks! Why would you need padding any...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17thC - boned bodice or stays?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Yep I agree with both of you and glad it wasn't just my 'wishful thinking' that stays can't have vanished mid 17thC to re-appear in the late 17thC. Also, am going to do some firsthand research in Yorkshire wills and probates as most of the info we're having to work with, seems to be from elsewhere -...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Purses In Pieces
Replies: 14
Views: 3350

Purses In Pieces

http://www.halos.nl/detail.php?booknr=93437

Thinking of ordering this. Anyone seen it, yet?
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Child Burials.
Replies: 14
Views: 2938

If you read it carefully he doesn't say different cemeteries - just different part of the cemetery. That said, it's clearly nonsense - what about all those pre-Reformation tombs with effigies with all the successive little babies in swaddling clothes and infants, and young kids, depicted next to the...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cleaning an antique cotton bag?(+any idea on date?)
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

That is so beautifully made. Definitely right to try and get it back into action - why not! We have two christening gowns, from my mum's side of the family (old East Riding farming family). One is silk, one looks like cotton. Have never used them except my oldest son was photographed in the silk one...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17thC - boned bodice or stays?
Replies: 5
Views: 817

17thC - boned bodice or stays?

OK I'm still trying to pick the bones (sorry) out of this one... And I know there's some experienced stay makers out there.... So what's your opinion? I have an ECWS period outfit, cut would be pretty fashionable for mid 1640s... but also a late Tudor one that, because I'm no spring chicken, I can s...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3820

I can't think what 'padding' means either but then I've not made many pairs of bodies, as yet. Maybe it's just some sort of leather or tape as reinforcement, where the body bit meets the tabs? Gods alone know! We spent a lot of this winter hand sewing the Elizabeth Vernon bodies from Tudor Tailor bu...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Silk Regency Reticule
Replies: 12
Views: 1099

That looks lovely - well done, you! I'm busy with my second pair of gunnister stockings and also doing a gutter girl gansey. This isn't knitted, but one of my favourite reticules: http://www.bbc.co.uk/northyorkshire/content/image_galleries/castle_museum_slave_trade_exhibition_gallery.shtml?3 Handbag...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: tudor effigies
Replies: 4
Views: 1847

That's a great resource.

I'm particularly fond of the Herbert effigies at St Crux, in York. Worth a look for anyone who likes a good effigy.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:03 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 16342

Vez I'd recommend 'Jekka's Complete Herbs' by Jekka McVicar for plant identification as it has lots of clear, sharp photographs and it's easier to ID a plant from a good photo, as opposed to a drawing! :lol: A dearer technique is to buy a ready grown little plant of whatever it is you're getting see...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 16342

Think you're fine with woad if you just cycle it with something else - pref a root veg or herbs or something different - precisely as you would for anything, really. And I've never had a prob growing it in amongst my veggies - and have grown it on several very different soils - but I do use a lot of...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:05 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Period plant growing
Replies: 35
Views: 16342

You won't beat these people for variety and quality - I been buying from them since the 80s: http://www.suffolkherbs.com/ And this is the only book you'll ever need on herbs - tells you everything - history, cultivation and recipes etc: http://www.jekkasherbfarm.com/details.asp?productid=489&qs=...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6683

That gives us something to go on, and the OED reference is actually later than I thought it might be! (I've only got a 2 volume conciser version of the dictionary so not much use). As for the two fingered gent, cheers. We're just having an interesting discussion here, but you were the first to wande...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Arms And Armour
Replies: 12
Views: 3881

Long time since I studied Old Norse but I can well imagine the best sources for that info might be the most obvious ones... Egils Saga, etc? Although a later date than you want, probably but maybe there's something in the sagas.
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6683

But we aren't talking about Latin - we're talking about English ! Latin's an irrelevance - or at best a footnote - if we're trying to figure out the usages in English. And again, you're referring to one text. There must be hundreds that would cover that kind of subject matter - and no I am not talki...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Period dye colors?
Replies: 16
Views: 2954

This question re. colours comes up so often, wouldn't it be worth having a sticky somewhere here giving the links we all keep giving out, when this subject comes up? It's useful for people of all periods - and even those who want to stick with chemically dyed stuff can at least have a reference to c...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Fri Mar 07, 2008 1:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Firing Bows?
Replies: 43
Views: 6683

Leosan in OE I'm guessing so you're not finding anything too radical, there. Also, common sense and a fair bit of experience tells me... if sceotan is the old word, and ' shoot ' the modern word - it's highly unlikely to have mysteriously died out in the middle ages then sprung back hundreds of yea...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Mon Mar 03, 2008 12:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Period dye colors?
Replies: 16
Views: 2954

I'd have a look in your local library for any books about natural dyeing and that will give you all the info you need. Throughout history, the standard dyes remain pretty well the same - woad, weld & madder, various lichens, etc. Other things get introduced at different dates (esp once the disco...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Bards and Storytelling
Replies: 22
Views: 3782

I take your point and agree with you, but it misses mine a little. What I meant was - what is implicit with a 19 year long training cycle is one hell of a lot of belief. And in terms of portraying that, it would be fantastic to see it done 'from the heart' with some real respect and sincerity - rega...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Feb 28, 2008 2:11 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New interpretation of how Rus-vikings dressed
Replies: 20
Views: 4521

The weird reference to 'sweater' told me all I needed to know, really. :D Maybe they wore wellies as well. :D Only one grave, as others have said. Things would shift as the body rotted. Train might be a ceremonial thing but not an everyday. Pretty sure I've read references to beads being found circl...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:26 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

Ah just proves that your own experience is always worth more than someone else's info. :D
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

Mine's been out in full daylight (on top of a basket, and not in a cupboard or bag) for years and no fade whatsoever. I got too much fibre to store much of it sensibly! Is why I assumed it was not fugitive and was very light fast as the one I use in demos is definitely not faded but permanently in t...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:35 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

Thanks for that Mary. I got a garden full of the swines and never ever try to dye with them because of its reputation. This year will have a go now! Ta! I got some manky leftover (fermenting) walnut hulls that I can't bear to pour away after a dye bath 2 weeks ago... but I can't get my bum into gear...
by ViscontesseD'Asbeau
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3679

Lichen purple fades, though Heheh! Tell that to mine then cos it's identical to the day it was dyed - and I got some probably 10 years old or more! (I don't store it carefully either!) Skill of the dyer. Some dyers can't get clear colours and/or their stuff is fugitive. I'd find someone more skille...

Go to advanced search