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by Christabel
Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

Well, since my last posts, I have "aged" my slate frame until such time as I can get to a fair, and lashed (sorry - stitched) my linen to it. It looks quite good! But then I tried to do something which Holbein did when copying pictures - I copied a pattern onto v.thin paper and pricked holes in it, ...
by Christabel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 23528

Oh, and Rosemary Sutcliff's "Knight's Fee" - always makes me cry, though!
by Christabel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 23528

Mary Stewart's "The Crystal Cave" and "The Hollow Hills" - brillliant books written in the 1970s about Myrddin (Merlin) a bastard prince who as a boy crawls around in the hypocuast of his Welsh King grandfather's palace unwanted and eavesdropping on great matters until his second sight kicks in. His...
by Christabel
Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

Thanks- I've been off-line thanks to my lovely so-called service provider, and have only just managed to pick up the last messages. :(
by Christabel
Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

Ah, well, I'm actually interested in the 16th century, but was using the Medieval Embroiderers book as a starting point... And anyway, the whole subject is very interesting, which before I got into Living History I would never have found myself saying! :D
by Christabel
Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

Yes, thanks, Gregory, that's where I got the idea of the frame being pegged as one of the illustrations shows pegs standing proud of the frame. Although I bet they catch on your sleeve as you sew. I was interested by the silk weaver from the German source, as behind him stands a woman with what some...
by Christabel
Sun Mar 23, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

No, that's what I like about this Forum - there's such a wealth of experience and expertise out there! I found a rectangular frame in a charity shop and was thinking about taking out the metal screws and replacing them with pegs like in a woodcut I've seen, but it won't do, it still would look too m...
by Christabel
Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Embroidery frames
Replies: 29
Views: 5453

Embroidery frames

In Medieval pictures embroiderers work on a cloth ground stretched inside a rectangular frame. Can anyone tell me when a circular frame became more generally used? Thanks!
by Christabel
Tue Feb 12, 2008 10:07 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Feeling extremely pleased with myself...
Replies: 16
Views: 4093

Fantastic, thanks for all the info!
We bought a quern from them for work, and it was very reasonably priced too!
by Christabel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:18 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Feeling extremely pleased with myself...
Replies: 16
Views: 4093

KezT, where did you get your churn from, may I ask?
I saw one in an antique shop a couple of years ago, but didn't buy it and have kicked myself ever since...
Well, I do stop now and then.
by Christabel
Sat Jan 12, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Off the shelf patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Thanks, Dave that's what I needed - personal recommendation. They look good on the website I mentioned, but now I shall look at their own, which somehow didn't come across on my internet travels!
by Christabel
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Off the shelf patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

Off the shelf patterns

Has anyone any experience of the American "Reconstructing History" patterns? How accurate and clear are they? www.paulmeekins.co.uk/patterns/rhpatterns.htm I want to make an Elizabethan waistcoat and I keep intending to scale-up the patterns in "The Tudor Tailor" but never seem to get the time to do...
by Christabel
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Saints as a calender
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

And now am really impressed.
by Christabel
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Saints as a calender
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

Thanks! Medieval/early Tudor people must have had good memories, that's all I can say. I know they were helped by having Saints' day processions and church ales and the like, but still, the amount of detail needed to know where you were in the year must have been considerable. I would not have thoug...
by Christabel
Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Saints as a calender
Replies: 5
Views: 1695

Saints as a calender

I've been reading some old records and came across the usual "This Friday before the utas of Seynt Hillary, Robert Carpenter appeared before the mere and the arbitrtors ..." Although I'm not sure what "utas" means, I did wonder, does anyone have a list of Saints' days and their times of year which p...
by Christabel
Sat Nov 03, 2007 10:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Canon Law
Replies: 25
Views: 5697

Hereford had an important Medieval Jewish community - see http://fp.thebeers.f9.co.uk/hereford_history.htm - My favourite story is about the splendid wedding celebrations thrown by a Jewish father to which a large number of Herefordians were invited. They attended, despite being threatened with exco...
by Christabel
Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Busks
Replies: 8
Views: 1441

Random information:
Rooting around today in the museum stores, I came across an 18th century busk which had a rectangular small mirror set into the back, towards the top. It made me feel quite close to the person who must have used it...
by Christabel
Tue Jun 12, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fake boar's head
Replies: 11
Views: 3901

I've been away and have just checked the forum - thanks, everyone, and especially Karen - the wild boar website really made me laugh. I have wondered about getting a pig skull and covering it it plaster, etc... It would be something we'd need every year, if this one is a success, so I has got to a) ...
by Christabel
Thu Jun 07, 2007 10:09 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: fake boar's head
Replies: 11
Views: 3901

fake boar's head

Thinking ahead to Christmas, does anyone have a Blue Peter's badge in making a fake boar's head (to be a feature of a Tudor Christmas for schools,) or know someone who can supply one?
Yours randomly,
Christabel.
by Christabel
Thu May 31, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Long Bow pull weights
Replies: 14
Views: 3394

My other half says "150 is feasible for some-one who is well-trained from a boy, and 180 is probably reaching their upper limit. However, I wouldn't want to fire six per minute even at 150 pound pull. 37 pound pull is bad enough at 27 inches!!!"
by Christabel
Fri May 25, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: eating knives
Replies: 15
Views: 3476

Thanks all, fascinating information! :D
by Christabel
Thu May 24, 2007 8:28 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: eating knives
Replies: 15
Views: 3476

Interesting... travelling sets must have been high-status items by their very nature, as the average person wouldn't go that far from their parish unless a trader or illegal beggar. So perhaps wearing your knife at your belt was a very practical arrangement for the less wealthy? I like the idea of m...
by Christabel
Wed May 23, 2007 9:21 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: eating knives
Replies: 15
Views: 3476

eating knives

Thanks, Dathi, and to Sally, for reassuring me that I'm not alone in wondering!
So what do people do at Kentwell? (One day, I may get there... I was so close last year, but my husband would insist on catching the plane instead...)
by Christabel
Mon May 21, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: eating knives
Replies: 15
Views: 3476

eating knives

Rereading "The Art of Dining" by Sara Paston-Williams, I noticed that she only said that men brought their eating knives to table. (Tudor times.) This made me wonder two things: 1) what about the women? (Or is this, do you think, just a case of using "men" as a term to cover everyone?) and 2) does a...
by Christabel
Sun May 13, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: tabs on a bodice
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

The dates are approximately 1590's to 1620. Thanks for the suggestion - with my sewing skills, anything has got to be simple anyway!
by Christabel
Fri May 11, 2007 6:13 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: tabs on a bodice
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

tabs on a bodice

Thanks, Tuppence. It's because I'm hoping to attend an event which covers both the late 1500s and the early 1600s, and am hoping that my existing costume will be able to pass muster for both periods. If not, I'm going to cannibalise another one that I've got. In a perfect world, I would have the mon...
by Christabel
Thu May 10, 2007 7:26 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: tabs on a bodice
Replies: 7
Views: 2489

tabs on a bodice

When does the size of tabs on the "skirt" of a bodice (lower status) become more 17th century than late Elizabethan? I've been trawling through my various books, no luck, and have just ordered "The Tudor Tailor" but I'm impatient!
Thanks for any help!
by Christabel
Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:29 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Are bellmetal cooking pots safe?
Replies: 8
Views: 2580

bell metal

Yes, if the Foundry website is to be followed, the advice is pretty unequivocal!! :shock: When I have saved up enough to buy one of their cauldrons to replace my Victorian iron one, I shall go for iron again. In the meantime, knowing there is lead in the bell metal mix, I shall be very cautious abou...
by Christabel
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Are bellmetal cooking pots safe?
Replies: 8
Views: 2580

bell metal

Thanks Sally! I had polished off any green bits but I must say that since cooking in it (a posset) it does look much more shiny. I saw a similar one on Ebay which claimed to have lead in the metal, which worried me, but I think they got it wrong. Anyway, 24 hours later, nothing has dropped off me/I ...
by Christabel
Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:10 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Are bellmetal cooking pots safe?
Replies: 8
Views: 2580

Are bellmetal cooking pots safe?

Hi,
I've had a fun weekend cooking over an open fire but found that my antique bell metal skillet does impart a decidely metallic tang to what I'm cooking. Does anyone else use one? Is it safe or do you just keep it on the side for display? Or have I poisoned myself?

Christabel.