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by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 3136

Re: Padded Armour - Collars

It's not that there is no evidence for them, more that the evidence that is there is being misinterpreted and expanded upon. Unfortunately a lot of re-enactment traders are guilty of this and we as consumers are guilty of buying those products. That's just the nature of the business I guess though.
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jun 20, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Padded Armour - Collars
Replies: 9
Views: 3136

Re: Padded Armour - Collars

If you're talking about things like these http://steel-mastery.com/en/padded-armour/padded-pelerines-and-aventails , http://www.theknightshop.co.uk/catalog/padded-collar-black-p-3499.html or http://www.darkknightarmoury.com/p-12052-padded-collar.aspx I would go with Biro and Nigel's comments. As Bir...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Painted Furniture
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Re: Painted Furniture

Thanks for those BR. I've seen a couple of examples with the figure painted onto an undecorated plank, but I'm more after stuff like the chair, wher you've got the carved decoration painted, but the un-carved stuff around it not painted. It sounds like these things were done, but I like to check bef...
by Colin Middleton
Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Painted Furniture
Replies: 4
Views: 1888

Painted Furniture

I know that there are several examples of boxes and the like from the middle ages painted to decorate them. I'm wondering if the painting always covers the whole surface, or if they are left natural wood, with decorative carving picked out in colour. Can anyone think of any examples that are only pa...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: BOOM!
Replies: 11
Views: 14620

Re: BOOM!

That's horrible! :sick:
by Colin Middleton
Wed May 29, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Eating / Utensils
Replies: 16
Views: 11952

Re: Medieval Eating / Utensils

AFAIK, your basic eating set was a knife and bone, horn, wooden or metal spoon. Toward the end of the 15th C, forks started comming into fashion to eat certain sweet-meats, but most foods were carried to mouth by the fingers, or spoon if the were drippy. Prickers (metal spikes) were also known, but ...
by Colin Middleton
Fri May 24, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Voiders - how to attatch
Replies: 9
Views: 2428

Re: Voiders - how to attatch

Tod wrote:Is this a result of living in the back and beyond?
Cheers
Colin if you are at a FED event let me know.


I'm sure that we've had this discussion already, but I can't find any evidence of it.

I'm at Harewood this weekend and should be at Kelmarsh and Bosworth. Other than that, I'm not cure.

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon May 20, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Has anyone seen these swords used?
Replies: 10
Views: 3663

Re: Has anyone seen these swords used?

I've never tried them, but the sword looks a bit 'clunky' and I always avoide weapons with a description like that. It might be worth trying if you live in Oz, but if you're UK based, I'd pay the bit extra for an Armour Class.

Best wishes

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Mon May 13, 2013 1:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Voiders - how to attatch
Replies: 9
Views: 2428

Re: Voiders - how to attatch

Mark, you know full well that re-enactme (in any form) is for taking part in! :wink:
by Colin Middleton
Mon May 13, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Voiders - how to attatch
Replies: 9
Views: 2428

Re: Voiders - how to attatch

There's another thread on here about that as I had the same problem. I was told they were pointed and sewn on. I went for sewing them on and then found out the voiders weren't the right shape. After getting them partly tailored I still have a problem getting them right, I've concluded it's a two pe...
by Colin Middleton
Tue May 07, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?
Replies: 9
Views: 3383

Re: Landschneckt Costume - can anybody make one?

I've just spent the last 2 days working as carver at Gainsbrough Old Hall. I've been wearing by linen underwear, a lined and interlined 'fustian' doublet and a thick, heavy gown of broadcloth (baise?) lined with wool. I was definitely warm, but only broke a sweat on a few occasion. I was really quit...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Need a costume maker we can tie down!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2784

Re: Need a costume maker we can tie down!!!!!

Paul, Take a look at some pictures (try larsdatter.com if you've not got any other sources handy) and look for something that you like (remember nationality). You can then go the the tailor and say "I was thinking of something like that, but I'm open to other suggestions if you have any". ...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: which seam to use?
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: which seam to use?

For the seams running under the foot, stab through with a running or back stitch, flaten the two sides down and use a running stitch to hold them in place. This keeps the seam fairly flat (2 layers) and they will felt down and be quite comfortable very quickly. Along the sides of the foot, I hem it,...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 8887

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

langley, please dont think i was being critical, i always find any subject relating to archery of interest, and i think it was colin ( appologies if it wasnt ) who said to me ''get 2 re-enctors together and you will get 3 different opinions'' :-D I could be, but it's a phrase that's been wandering ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Question re Pole arms and the like !!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1886

Re: Question re Pole arms and the like !!!

A number of spears were lances that were used on foot (High Middle Ages), and a quick look round places like the Gratz Armoury and the Grand Master's Armoury in Valette show quite a variety in length of weapon shaft. Further, many may have been re-shafted several times since the head was forged, wit...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Longbow and arrow manufacture
Replies: 33
Views: 8887

Re: Longbow and arrow manufacture

What does the final tillering involve? I can't imagen every archer owning a spoke shave and shave horse if that's what's used. (Big assumptions, as I don't know the answer to my first question). I suspect that when you're buying your own bow, you may spend time with the bowyer so that he can finish ...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 25809

Re: Natural Dyes?

I avoid the modern repackaged Dylon - the company was bought fairly recently and the range was reduced (in the face of decline in use) The packets indicate a colour patch on the side which doesn't really reflect the colour in use - see the photo on the side of the packet which shows garments dyed w...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: colour me poor
Replies: 8
Views: 2894

Re: colour me poor

The lighter shades of woad are relatively cheap, deep shades particularly on wool or silk are luxury items. I'm guessing that this means "if you're dying a deep shade, you do it on wool or silk and make a luxury item", rather than "dying a deep shade on wool or silk is difficult, so ...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Apr 12, 2013 12:27 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wet Weather Clothing
Replies: 22
Views: 6744

Re: Wet Weather Clothing

Colin, any one with livestock outside has had to spend a lot of time recently in somewhat cold, wet and miserable conditions and the same would apply to the past, particularly the early C14th agricultural crisis with crop failures, liver fluke in sheep, cattle plague etc. Herders! Of course. I've o...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 11, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wet Weather Clothing
Replies: 22
Views: 6744

Re: Wet Weather Clothing

I thought that oil cloth was a later invention, but I've no evidence to support that. My guess is that you use wool for the most part. As Fox siad, it's water resistant, more-so if the lanolin is returned/kept in. And as MS said, it's warm when wet. There also tended to be rather a lot of it around ...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: colour me poor
Replies: 8
Views: 2894

Re: colour me poor

I'm afraid that I disagree entirely Brother Ranulf. It looks to me that the picture you posted has no-one wearing brown cloth. She appears to be wearing red cloth (weakly dyed over an off-white wool) and he an orange (proably red and yellow (must be richer) over an off-white). Alternetively, they ma...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6420

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

Also, if you do get stuck, she runs courses, either in here sewing room for one or two people to tackle specific difficulties, or she'll come to you and do a presentation to your group. See her website for details http://www.sarathursfield.com

Best of luck

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 6620

Re: Vanity screens?

Hera, read, made-up, take your pick. It's not an idea that I've ever encountered.

I know what you mean about checking your sources though, even if you trust them.
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how low are braies ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4171

Re: how low are braies ?

I'm glad that it's not just me. Every time I see a photo of myself when I've fallen, I'm on my back and all my gambeson and hauberk have flown up ontop of me! It's so undignified. :D

Best wishes

Colin
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 6420

Re: Parti coloured kirtle in WOTR. Yes or no?

If you haven't already got access to a copy I would strongly recommend getting a copy of Sarah Thursfield's Medieval Tailor's Assistant - making common garments from 1200 - 1500 (ISBN 0 903585 32 4) from the library which shows in clear steps how to make garments simply and well. You can request a ...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: how low are braies ?
Replies: 13
Views: 4171

Re: how low are braies ?

I'm with Biro on that. AFAIK, hosen start of a bit above the knea, with braise (and cote) a bit below. As the years go by, the hosen get longer and longer until they meet the doublet, while the briase continue to end just below the lowest point on the top of the hosen and the cote similarly remains ...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:11 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Vanity screens?
Replies: 20
Views: 6620

Re: Vanity screens?

Lost of medieval houses and castles had a place for a screen (though not a rood screen (see above). Typically it has to 'doorways' in it (though no doors). It creates a 'passage', usually refered to as the screens-passage at the end of the great hall. The servants then assemble behind that and get t...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:06 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail condition and (new question) how to attach?
Replies: 33
Views: 7591

Re: Mail condition and (new question) how to attach?

Following on from the 'how to attach' thread, I'd also recomend putting a canvas or thin leather edging on the voides and using that to sew onto your doublet. I've sewn them on directly through the mail and am suffering from damage to the thread, especially were rust starts to form on the mail. Best...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Skin-tight maille....?
Replies: 15
Views: 3858

Re: Skin-tight maille....?

I don't get an impression of this super tight mail. Sure, you can see where muscles are, but not their definition, like you can in the clothes. Can you please post some pictures? The mufflers (mittens) are ones that get me too. My last attempt had a goat-skin palm and the back made of a layer of hai...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Mail condition and (new question) how to attach?
Replies: 33
Views: 7591

Re: Mail condition and (new question) how to attach?

I found when fitting my voiders, I used safety pins. Fasten it first with your arms raised (as you need to be able to do that), then check it with your arms lowered.

Best of luck.

Colin

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