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by sally
Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:43 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Monmouth Caps
Replies: 19
Views: 4241

Monmouth Caps

I 'think' I've finally worked out how to knit Monmouth caps so you get the cast off of the double hem in the right place at the bottom with the little loop (as per the description of the surviving one in Kirstie Bucklands paper on it), but I'm slightly dithering about the button on top. Has anyone s...
by sally
Sat Feb 04, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Harris Tweed
Replies: 7
Views: 1623

What about trousers? You might get some early medieval baggy viking typer trousers out of it. However, could you not piece it for a tunic? You'd need to put panels where the side seam would normally be to give the added width, plus probably carefully consider the shaping and placing of the underam g...
by sally
Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Hurrah! From the ashes AIPON 2
Replies: 118
Views: 18098

When is this launched on the unsuspecting public?
by sally
Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval diapers
Replies: 10
Views: 2581

Werent a lot of medieval babies swaddled? I don't think many mothers would consider that today
by sally
Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Military campaign stool
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Oh yes, forgot to add, if anyone goes for it and is coming to the WEC in february, I can deliver it there to save you the postage. Happy bidding if it looks useful to you.
by sally
Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:22 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Military campaign stool
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Military campaign stool

My mum asked me to mention this to anyone doing 20thcentury military re-enactment. Its being sold for charity, and is in really really strong, useable condition. We know it came from a family with a long military history, so is presumably the 'real thing' and was carted about on various campaigns.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Campaign-Safari-S ... dZViewItem
by sally
Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's wrong with the series Rome?
Replies: 19
Views: 4432

gregory23b wrote:RM - yeah but Roman reenactors are ugly, really ugly, tell her Steve.

<ducks>


huh, last time I hug you then! (pout)
by sally
Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Dyes - Red
Replies: 15
Views: 2501

It need not be 'orange' just not on the blue side of the red tones. Its hard to describe in words, because madder really can give a vast range of reds, some of them very 'red' indeed, but just as long as its not fire engine red you should be ok. If you really dislike those red tones, go with the bur...
by sally
Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:07 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Dyes - Red
Replies: 15
Views: 2501

Re-reading the options you were given, I suspect the 'live' red; you were offered may be the bright red. Burgundy is perfectly achievable, but again, possibly best saved for slightly highish status depending on shade, though you do get some livery jackets in what is essentially burgundy, sounds like...
by sally
Sun Jan 08, 2006 9:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Dyes - Red
Replies: 15
Views: 2501

Very rough rule of thumb, think 'brick' reds not 'pillar box' reds, go for an orange tone and you are less likely to go wrong than reds with a blueish tone. Most reds that are not 'super expensive' were madder based, and the dye does have a true red element but has far more of the orange through apr...
by sally
Sat Jan 07, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Iron Age hair gel!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 6387

How very exciting! I'll try to find out more about the 'hair gel'
Sally
by sally
Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Darning mushrooms/eggs?
Replies: 0
Views: 853

Darning mushrooms/eggs?

Whats the earlies known example of a darning mushroom or egg? I want to get Gareth to turn me some and always prefer to have an idea on historical range.
by sally
Tue Dec 20, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Earrings
Replies: 43
Views: 8571

For which country, rank and which half of the fourteenth centurey? I'm sure I've seen very occasional earrings from the continent, but offhand can't recall which part. Anyway, they certainly aren't common things, I seem to recall they turn up very very occasionally in fairly 'royal' contexts, but th...
by sally
Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Historic fabric shoppe
Replies: 2
Views: 1135

Excellent stuff Frances, will look forward to seeing you around, cyberwise or otherwise :D
by sally
Fri Dec 16, 2005 8:14 pm
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Roman Trumpet Brooches
Replies: 2
Views: 2063

Roman Trumpet Brooches

Need a supplier of cost effective, cast Roman trumpet brooches. I know of several suppliers who do very good ones at about £30 a shot, but this is to go in a kids educational handling activity where unfortunately the little darlings do tend to wander off with things, so I need to strike a balance be...
by sally
Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:19 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Make Up for Specific Periods
Replies: 3
Views: 2140

Well done you! Glad teh book was belatedly helpful if nothing else :D
by sally
Fri Dec 09, 2005 3:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Knitting machines
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

got it working in the end, but havent done anything constructive with it. Frantically knitting socks for xmas pressies at the moment
by sally
Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Historical Needlework resources
Replies: 11
Views: 2593

There are some really useful one page overviews of some types of items, like this description of Elizabethan sweetbags with extant examples and details of the stitches used. Just the thing to help when planning a project that needs supporting evidence
http://medieval.webcon.net.au/loc_engla ... tbags.html
by sally
Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:39 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Historical Needlework resources
Replies: 11
Views: 2593

Fascinating, will have a proper look at that later :D
by sally
Sun Nov 20, 2005 10:01 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Make Up for Specific Periods
Replies: 3
Views: 2140

Hmm, blatant plug time methinks!
You'll find it all in my recent book. 'The Artifice of Beauty' published this year by Sutton Publishing.
Direct link to an Amazon page
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... pointer-21
or just get it out of the library!
by sally
Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th C 'Acorn Hats'
Replies: 27
Views: 5062

Interesting idea, I'm still playing with various ways of making caps, and my recent 'kit' is aimed at giving an easily knitted, plausible visual effect based on the overall style rather than being a carbon copy of any one example, but I found that if using 5 needles it was actually very easy to see ...
by sally
Fri Nov 11, 2005 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 20th century RAF fabric cheap
Replies: 0
Views: 881

20th century RAF fabric cheap

Spotted this on ebay, dunno if its of interest to any of the WWII lot?
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ex-RAF-fabric-air ... dZViewItem

possibly a very modern version, but at that price...
by sally
Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval kit - advice please.
Replies: 12
Views: 4384

You won't go far wrong with this free pattern
http://www.sallypointer.com/simplemedievaldress

I do a booklet of Underwear patterns too if you are interested (£1.75, covers shifts, shirts, braies, headresses, aprons etc)
by sally
Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Knitting machines
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Knitting machines

Ok, its not authenti-anything, but in an attempt to use up some of the vast, vast stash of wool in my posession I bought a cheap, allegedly 'simple to use' knitting machine. Simple? PAH! Spit, curse, throw toys out of pushchair. I can't use the bloody thing. Whoever invented the knitting machine is ...
by sally
Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye kits, a question
Replies: 17
Views: 4292

I'll vouch for how great Debbies dyed stuffs are. I can dye 'some' colours fine on linen, but I do find they are typically paler than wool, hence my broad agreement with the general belief that its harder to dye linen than wool, and particularly for beginners it can be a slightly tricky area. But ye...
by sally
Sun Oct 23, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Gaudete
Replies: 13
Views: 3815

Anyone got the 'omnibus, st Pancreas etc etc' version words?
I'm slightly shocked the Below the Salt album came out the year I was born. Ye gads! Does that date me or what?
by sally
Sat Oct 22, 2005 1:44 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: guide books
Replies: 1
Views: 1343

You could see if any similar guidebooks are listed on abe.com, or on ebay, that might give you a starting point as to the relative rarity of the item. Do a broad Google search also on guidebooks from that region and see if anything helpful pops up. The more you know about the item teh easier it is t...
by sally
Fri Oct 21, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 12689

Always rather fancied some of the 18th century outfits, they did put some truly awful stuff on their hair though! I had to make some accurate 18thc hair powder for something a while back and by the time I'd finished sieving the powdered bones and the starch and the perfumes, I was quite overcome. An...
by sally
Sun Oct 16, 2005 10:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Medieval Wedding
Replies: 7
Views: 2689

He does make goblets indeed, have a look at this one that he made me, though these days it has a silver foot. He also does wood and silver ones m Medieval wedding rituals were a bit less documented today, and I don't recall coming across any specific bathing variants, but I'm sure a good hot bath wi...
by sally
Sun Oct 16, 2005 9:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 1930s knitting patterns
Replies: 4
Views: 2145

http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/pa ... /linda.htm

must be more out there too. Any at the V&A website? I know they had 1940s patterns a while back