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by sally
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WTB Gent's white hose
Replies: 1
Views: 1333

Re: WTB Gent's white hose

I make stockings to order. I can get a 'bleached' white in wool, but the silk yarn I use only comes in undyed at the moment.
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by sally
Thu Jul 09, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Egyptian shenti
Replies: 8
Views: 2394

Re: Egyptian shenti

In some cases that triangular flap may be the front of the loincloth pulled up over the kilt, though I'd agree its far from clear exactly what is going on. Funnily enough I'm making Egyptian kit next week so I'll report back when I've decided exactly what I'm doing for the male version
by sally
Sat May 30, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Iron Age pots
Replies: 4
Views: 3165

Re: Iron Age pots

Have you had a chat to any of the potters specialising in prehistoric stuff? Graham Taylor at Potted History is very friendly over on Twitter, might be worth seeing what he suggests
by sally
Fri May 29, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Iron Age pots
Replies: 4
Views: 3165

Re: Iron Age pots

What specific examples are you basing yours on? I'm certainly no pottery expert but I seem to recall quite a wide variation in clay type, temper and form during the Iron Age. Getting the right grog/temper may well make all the difference, as much as whether you are building or throwing them
by sally
Fri May 22, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: Bee hives
Replies: 1
Views: 2514

Re: Bee hives

It would be worth getting The Archaeology of Beekeeping by Eva Crane out via interlibrary loan (you are unlikely to be able to buy a copy easily) she also wronte another,World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting, though I think there was also a more easily sourced booklet on the same topic put o...
by sally
Thu May 21, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: I am in desperate need of help on this.
Replies: 1
Views: 2174

Re: I am in desperate need of help on this.

Have you looked in the notes of the other people who have made this in case anyone annotates how thy handled the decrease? In particular projects with a little lifebelt symbol are ones others have found helpful http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library ... ood/people
by sally
Thu May 21, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Sermon about Saxon Women and Norsemen?
Replies: 2
Views: 1841

Re: Sermon about Saxon Women and Norsemen?

utterly unsporting behaviour! :wink:
by sally
Sun May 17, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: a Portable Prehistoric House
Replies: 3
Views: 3277

a Portable Prehistoric House

We made a flat pack Neolithic (but would probably work for earlier periods too) house to take to schools and events with us. :D Absolutely accurate it ain't, but its safe, stable, and easy to shove in the back of the van and should help children visualise a camp when roleplaying life in the past. ht...
by sally
Sun May 10, 2015 1:17 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Viking Smoothing Board
Replies: 5
Views: 2745

Re: Viking Smoothing Board

looking great, I've coveted one of those myself.
I'm pretty sure the Roman Glassblowers (Mark and David) have been known to do glass linen smoothers, might be worth asking them nicely?
by sally
Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: viking/dark ages wool thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2044

Re: viking/dark ages wool thread

the worsted wool thread from Texere is nice to sew with and there are some sensible shades
http://www.texere-yarns.co.uk/texeresho ... exere.html
by sally
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Cotton bobbins c.1910
Replies: 3
Views: 2441

Re: Cotton bobbins c.1910

Adverts are very useful. This one is 1885 and they don't change really between then and WW1
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by sally
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Salop
Replies: 2
Views: 2366

Re: Salop

I'm fairly sure you'd have to grow the orchids yourself these days, its illegal to harvest orchid roots/bulbs in the wild isn't it?
by sally
Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Undyed/white wool fabric suppliers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Re: Undyed/white wool fabric suppliers?

Kochan and Phillips http://www.historicaltextiles.com Interesting. Which cloth of theirs do you recommend for the density and not fraying when cut qualities?, I couldn't immediately see a cloth that reads like a lighter melton, but I'm not familiar with all the weaves they do. They are still up at ...
by sally
Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:29 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: 10,000 BC
Replies: 5
Views: 2166

Re: 10,000 BC

I highly recommend following the #Real10000BC twitter feed at the moment for an insight into actual conditions and archaeology 12,000 years ago ;)
by sally
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Undyed/white wool fabric suppliers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1358

Undyed/white wool fabric suppliers?

I've got a couple of Landsknecht hats to do in unusual colour combinations and its looking like the sanest way to proceed is for me to dye the fabric to suit. Ideally, I like a melton type fabric for these, something dense that doesn't easily fray when cut, but I'm willing to broaden my horizons if ...
by sally
Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 3401

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

yep, we're on acid soil here so I put the mostly spent lye ashes from soap-making on the plot to sort the alkalinity out the winter before planting woad, plus a good dollop of compost. Really must find time to prep the plot again, I have a dustbin full of spent ashes sitting soggily out the back
by sally
Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 3401

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

woad is known to be quite 'hungry' so some soils need extra help. I've had mixed success with it over the years, some years it grows like a weed, some years I can't get it established. Haven't had any in the garden for a few years now but will again as soon as I have time to prepare a patch
by sally
Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:19 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Anglo Saxon dyes
Replies: 8
Views: 3401

Re: Anglo Saxon dyes

yes, many people on here grow dyes and other herbs. Have to confess that my own garden is neck deep in weeds these days though, just not getting much time to garden as I'd wish.
by sally
Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: The Bodiam Cupboard
Replies: 2
Views: 2841

Re: The Bodiam Cupboard

That looks rather splendid :)
by sally
Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making a linen belt bag! (or trying to, help!)
Replies: 6
Views: 2040

Re: Making a linen belt bag! (or trying to, help!)

You can make a toggle by folding a strip of cloth edges to middle, then rolling it up and putting a few stitches along the edge to hold it together. Won't stand out, and perfectly functional
by sally
Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Books without breaking the bank
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: Books without breaking the bank

also York Archaeology Trust have a lot of now out-of-print books available to download
by sally
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Books without breaking the bank
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Re: Books without breaking the bank

Sidestone Press make all their catalogue available to read free online, as well as the more usual print copies. Lots of interesting stuff here: www.sidestone.com/library
by sally
Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Risk assessment
Replies: 4
Views: 3735

Re: Risk assessment

have you logged the risk of performers tripping over something/slipping whilst concentrating on their music? Might be highly unlikely, but its a possible risk that you could log then indicate that you are all playing with your eyes open!
by sally
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval copper sulphate?
Replies: 14
Views: 3980

Re: medieval copper sulphate?

Copper acetate may be worth exploring too. You can make that very easily by exposing copper to vinegar fumes in a closed container, and the end result looks very similar to copper sulphate and works pretty much the same way in dyes. I know thats around from the Roman period onwards. Here's some I ma...
by sally
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Candles
Replies: 2
Views: 1684

Re: Candles

linen makes very nice wicking. Cheaper candles tend to be tallow, rushlights are fine for brief use but no real help for working late by as they don't burn for much time compared to good wax candles.
by sally
Wed Jun 18, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: bee skeps
Replies: 8
Views: 4138

Re: bee skeps

there is a book on the archaeology of beekeeping which you may find useful, by Eva Crane. Its one to order on interlibrary loan though as I don't think you'll find it cheaply easily otherwise
by sally
Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: traders selling Edwardian clothes
Replies: 3
Views: 2088

Re: traders selling Edwardian clothes

Meredith Towne does some nice work http://www.meridithtowne.co.uk/
by sally
Mon May 19, 2014 6:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Late 17th Century Army Kit
Replies: 1
Views: 1176

Re: Late 17th Century Army Kit

Knitted hats I can help with, also stockings should you need those as well
by sally
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: supporting hoes
Replies: 11
Views: 2866

Re: supporting hoes

For over the knee hose/stockings, try garters tied below or just above the knee, different people find different arrangements comfortable. For 'all the way up' stockings to wear with very short trunkhose, we've been experimenting with pointing the knitted stockings either to the garment or to anothe...

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