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by sally
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen Thread
Replies: 1
Views: 1324

Re: Linen Thread

have a chat to Empress Mills, they are one of the last thread manufacturers in the UK, and do some very nice pure cotton threads, if the don't do a machine sewable linen, they may be able to advise on who does one that might suit, I know they do bookbinding linen threads already
by sally
Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Wooden Drinking Vessels
Replies: 11
Views: 4008

Re: Wooden Drinking Vessels

we soak man of our freshly turned things in warm vegetable oil with a little beeswax added, it soaks in well over a few hours steeping and the touch of wax really seems to help seal the wood. Otherwise, as has already been suggested, an occasional wipe with a barely oiled cloth works very nicely
by sally
Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: What does the public see?
Replies: 37
Views: 6597

Re: What does the public see?

I think it can depend a little on how you are pitching your presentation. If you are aiming for museum quality kit, and a first person interpretaion (eg: I am this historical personage), then you have to ditch any anachronistic items, regardless of how useful they may be. If however you are pitching...
by sally
Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 1780 Stay's
Replies: 1
Views: 1980

Re: 1780 Stay's

I find that 'normally' shaped stays of this dateline work fine for me, and in modern bra sizing I'm an E/F cup, so am probably heading into the amply endowed range. Make sure you have your stays tight enough, you need a certain amount of compression to keep your bust in place, if the stays are too l...
by sally
Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:38 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!
Replies: 32
Views: 12413

Re: Medieval Wax Seals - Questions!

I found when I made it that it took ages to get the wax and the resin to combine together, may have been something to do with my resin source it was some pine resin I harvested years ago so possibly not as pure as the bought stuff. Anyway, perservere, and it all comes right in the end. I did mine bl...
by sally
Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 12256

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

ouch!
by sally
Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Crimean Russians
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: Crimean Russians

I was curious though, you mean that's actually a knitted bonnet rather than a felted solid thing? According to my Crimean chaps, yes, its a knitted then very heavily felted cap. I have to confess I havent yet been able to find an extant one to inspect yet (if anyone know of one, please do give me a...
by sally
Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Crimean Russians
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: Crimean Russians

ok, thats really wierd. This morning I responded to a thread, and now I'm the only poster. Whats going on there?
Mods, if the orignal poster hhas deleted their post this is now irrelevant and you might as well scrap the whole thread
by sally
Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Crimean Russians
Replies: 6
Views: 1877

Re: Crimean Russians

I've been knitting Kilmarnock style bonnets for a Crimean regiment based over in Moscow for a while now, based on this style
by sally
Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Sellers of history-related items wanted please
Replies: 4
Views: 2693

Re: Sellers of history-related items wanted please

most of the traders who sell to re-enactors also have a wide range of items that appeal to the non specialist general visitor as well. If you have a good range of traders, you ought to have enough to cover most types of purchaser I would think.
by sally
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Embroidery loom..?
Replies: 1
Views: 2135

Re: Embroidery loom..?

I'm fairly sure an ordinary slate frame is ok by that date
by sally
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:11 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Pictures of my smalls.
Replies: 4
Views: 2245

Re: Pictures of my smalls.

aw what sweeties :D
by sally
Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Book binding
Replies: 7
Views: 2708

Re: Book binding

rebinding is potentially a bit different from bookbinding from scratch as there is often damage to be conserved, it does sadly mean that its a little bit more specialised and often fairly expensive. All depends on the age and condition of the original pages
by sally
Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Book binding
Replies: 7
Views: 2708

Re: Book binding

Pete the Pong, Karl Robinson, Me (only occasionally though) Doesn't Lord High Everything Else do binding too? Must be half a dozen others at least. What are you after?
by sally
Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Putting the oil back into wool
Replies: 14
Views: 2983

Re: Putting the oil back into wool

Probably, I've only used it on things where it doenst matter that the whole thing is proofed
by sally
Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Putting the oil back into wool
Replies: 14
Views: 2983

Re: Putting the oil back into wool

you can get wash-in lanolin, its sold for re-proofing wool nappy wraps, and its quite useful for some elements of outer wool kit, I occasionally use it to add lanolin to some of the heavy weather hats I do if its requested
by sally
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:45 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: I don't know!
Replies: 1
Views: 1074

Re: I don't know!

There is a very easy one on my site here, all straight lines and common sense fitting. http://sallypointer.com/costume-textile ... eval-dress
Is there a specific dateline, region or status that you need to fit?
by sally
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: How do you wash six sheepskins?
Replies: 12
Views: 3085

Re: How do you wash six sheepskins?

what sized bottle of Glycerine? my bottles of glycerine are all litres, the supermarket ones are 15ml! I've heard of people doing well with sheepskins in the washing machine on the wool cycle with normal woolwash detergent, but be prepared to work over th leather side as they dry to keep them supple
by sally
Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: what can i use insted of silk ?
Replies: 9
Views: 2638

Re: what can i use insted of silk ?

surely not - my local store sells Habutea for about ONE pound a metre - was that a typo? is that the pure silk stuff or the 'Thai' silk? £8-£10 sounds about right for most pure silk Habotai. if you can get proven real silk yardage at £1 a m, buy the lot off them, you'll make your money back no prob...
by sally
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Wool garment protection
Replies: 9
Views: 3073

Re: Wool garment protection

prevention is your major first call. We have problems because we store our woolies and fur for months at a time. If you are wearing them reglarly, shaking and brushing the surface and airing diligently, then the little offenders can't get comfy. There is the old story about hanging furs in garderobe...
by sally
Thu May 24, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: A lovely pair
Replies: 6
Views: 4744

Re: A lovely pair

lovely job 8-)
by sally
Wed May 23, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: knitting
Replies: 6
Views: 1896

Re: knitting

Another vote for 'sorry, but there is no evidence of crochet at this point'. No problem with knitting though, broadly speaking its hats first in Western Europe with stockings not becoming a common item to have knitted until you are into the 16thC. One of the earliest surviving European items (I'm le...
by sally
Thu May 03, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: medieval oatcake recipe?
Replies: 14
Views: 9603

Re: medieval oatcake recipe?

I'll be interested if you can find one written down anywhere, it broadly comes under the sort of cooking that was so simple and 'common' (as in, not for posh people) that I'd be fairly surprised to see it written in any formal way. It tends to work something like: stir oats round with a bit of fat o...
by sally
Wed May 02, 2012 8:24 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Felt hats....
Replies: 7
Views: 5563

Re: Felt hats....

That John Foxe one, in my opinion, shows a knitted then fulled/felted hat. There are a number of versions of this illustration and some look even more knitted than this one
by sally
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies
Replies: 15
Views: 7986

Re: Spinning and tablet weaving supplies

We have bone needles in stock
www.sallypointer.com/shop
by sally
Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Need help with Bread
Replies: 34
Views: 12878

Re: Need help with Bread

I do better with spelt when I make a batter bread, and useI beer in it sometimes too which is good for extra fluffiness and tastes good. The 'Roman Army' bread recipe that is usually on the side of the Dove Farm spelt flour bag works very well but may not suit your dateline. How gluten free is your ...
by sally
Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Need help with Bread
Replies: 34
Views: 12878

Re: Need help with Bread

yep, spelt is always denser. Plus, its very fine line between enough kneading and too much. It is possible to overknead and toughen the bread that way.
by sally
Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:56 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15thC Bras.
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: 15thC Bras.

awful timing for Medats, thats the weekend of the ILHF :( Loads of people who'd like to be there will be out trading
by sally
Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Medieval Restaurants in London?
Replies: 7
Views: 4297

Re: Medieval Restaurants in London?

Shame you aren't coming to Wales, we could have arranged a suitable slap-up feed for you no problem :D
by sally
Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Felt hats....
Replies: 7
Views: 5563

Re: Felt hats....

There are felt hats known for most periods of history, there are several felt fragments from medieval London deposits bleieved to be from hats, and there is also this rather jolly one from c1350 http://www.concealedgarments.org/cache/28593/ By the late 16thC like your account felt hats are probably ...

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