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by sally
Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:17 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: New Market - 1600-1900 era - Espressions of interest invited
Replies: 7
Views: 3092

Re: New Market - 1600-1900 era - Espressions of interest inv

A number of my knitted hats and the stockings made on the antique sock machine would fit here, plus the Victorian soaps and various other bits and pieces of ours.
by sally
Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Will Lord stone axe
Replies: 2
Views: 2556

Re: Will Lord stone axe

ooh very nice. I do love a nice bit of flint
by sally
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: 'Welsh Wig'
Replies: 0
Views: 2563

'Welsh Wig'

I had the good fortune today to be able to spend seeral hours inspecting the Crimean period 'Welsh Wig' in the St Fagans collection, and I've had permission to blog a few photos. If anyone wants a look, its http://wickedwoollens.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/welsh-wig-1854.html I'm collating references to ...
by sally
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: Runic Ring?
Replies: 5
Views: 3452

Re: Runic Ring?

a quick google shows this one is apparently in the BM, havent doeuble checked their online collections though http://www.flickr.com/photos/dombroadley/1469336489/
by sally
Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 31610

Re: Natural Dyes?

blue is largely going to be woad or indigo, both are used in fermentation vats, so its a moderatley advanced process, though you can use a modern chemical to mimic the effect of a urine fermentation. Unless you grow your own, its not a cheap dye to produce either. Red, largely thats going to be madd...
by sally
Thu Apr 04, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: colour me poor
Replies: 8
Views: 3428

Re: colour me poor

saturation is the key here, multiple dips of colour cost more, so you see a lot of pale blue (often called 'watchet') and pale reds/pinks in lower class garments as well as the full range of undyed browns/greys/'whites'. For 14thc you might also be wearing rayed cloth, so simple stripes, usually wor...
by sally
Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural Dyes?
Replies: 32
Views: 31610

Re: Natural Dyes?

The vast majority of natural dyyes need a mordant to fix them, otherwise they fade and wash out. There are exceptions, things like walnut husks or woad don't need mordants, but most of the simplest dyes that are good for beginners will be much better with a mordant. I'd suggest starting with alum, i...
by sally
Fri Jan 25, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teasels
Replies: 12
Views: 4978

Re: Teasels

just to keep it in one place for easy reference later when I get round to making some- here's a 1545 picture of a teasle brush maker from the Nurnberger Hausbuch
http://www.nuernberger-hausbuecher.de/7 ... -317-166-v
by sally
Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:09 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: folding canvas stools
Replies: 7
Views: 4186

Re: folding canvas stools

there is a brief thread here on the 3legged traingular ones, we managed to find a mid Victorian example, but so far nothing earlier viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27026&hilit=zebra
by sally
Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Black ink
Replies: 11
Views: 3066

Re: Black ink

as I understand it, the marble gall that we mostly see is the more recent introduction, whearas the larger, spongier 'oak apple' is the one we've had the longest. Guthrie, any particular recommendations from amongst those papers you've been reading, I wouldnt mind understanding the chemistry of what...
by sally
Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teasels
Replies: 12
Views: 4978

Re: Teasels

kate/bob wrote:I'd be really interested to hear if you find a source for any appropriate teasels as it would make a really good addition to my textiley living hisotry display stuff.


Its pretty simple to get the seeds if you have a corner of garden to stick them into
by sally
Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Creative Works
Topic: I made a cushion
Replies: 8
Views: 13144

Re: I made a cushion

Thats lovely, beautiful rich colour :)
by sally
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teasels
Replies: 12
Views: 4978

Re: Teasels

ooh, looky here http://www.envarch.net/publications/circaea/11.1/11-1-ryder.pdf Excellent overview of the known evidence. Confirms what I suspected, whilst there are some root word similarities in some areas between carding and teasels, there is no firm evidnece for them being used for carding, but ...
by sally
Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Teasels
Replies: 12
Views: 4978

Re: Teasels

Teasels do vary depending on location, some that grow wild round here are barbed, some arent, so I think there are probably a number of naturally occurring sub species/varieties and I would guess that the cultivated fullers teasel was bred from some of the naturally hooked ones. I've yet to find any...
by sally
Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Crimean Russians
Replies: 6
Views: 2413

Re: Crimean Russians

ooh splendid, I knew they had some Hummels, I didnt know they had a Kilmanock as well. I shall enquire further :D
by sally
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: Source for good quality WW1 Nurses Uniform?
Replies: 5
Views: 3496

Re: Source for good quality WW1 Nurses Uniform?

Is making your own out of the question? I went into the stores at St Fagans recently to have a look at some originals with a view to making myself one next year sometime, and the hardest part I think will be tracking down a good match for the fabric. The stripes on the ones I looked at made my eyes ...
by sally
Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: what would you do with an early 15th century bagpipe?
Replies: 7
Views: 4683

Re: what would you do with an early 15th century bagpipe?

I think it would go down well at many medieval events, and really like the idea of it as a project. I'd agree with not trying to re-invent the wheel though, use the early music network to see who else in the UK has one and compare notes on where they find willing listeners
by sally
Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: WW1 knitting
Replies: 5
Views: 3132

Re: WW1 knitting

I knit to order, cost will depend on the item and how long it takes, plus the cost of the yarn. As a rough idea, I'd guess a typical WW1 balaclava to come in at about 8 hours work or so, a cardigan will take significantly longer
by sally
Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:08 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Two markets....
Replies: 17
Views: 5980

Re: Two markets....

I certainly had some customers who had done part of their shopping at TORM then had come to find me at NLHF to pick up items they knew I would have, so that seemed to work well.
by sally
Fri Nov 09, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10669

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

um, its both TORM and the NLHF this weekend, both within 9 miles of each other so well worth visiting both. A very high percentage of UK reenactor traders will eb at one or the other :D
by sally
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10669

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

assuming you arent coming to either market this weekend, where you'd be able to choose in person, this is cheap and cheerful and should do what you want http://www.cheapfabrics.co.uk/thestore/ ... cts_id/653
by sally
Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric Choice - Help!
Replies: 18
Views: 10669

Re: Fabric Choice - Help!

Why not just buy linen?

The calico will be stiff and scratchy, the lawn very light and insubstantial. If you want the bodice to work instead of a bra, go for something with the structure to work.
by sally
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: American Civil War Traders...
Replies: 6
Views: 3213

Re: American Civil War Traders...

I can help with any knitwear you may require, I'm always happy to make things not currently on our list
by sally
Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Brass!
Replies: 15
Views: 4220

Re: Brass!

Just to add to what Matt has already said, whilst you read up on this, you may also find copper alloys referred to as 'latten' in medieval sources.
by sally
Fri Oct 12, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: WW1 and the hundredth anniversary
Replies: 17
Views: 5189

Re: WW1 and the hundredth anniversary

thats very interesting, I'm working up some WW1 displays for my own repertoire at the moment and hadn't thought that the anniversary might mean there were potential funding opportunities out there. Where would I look to see what other funding options are available? It would be good to be able to exp...
by sally
Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: traders insurance info required
Replies: 2
Views: 2195

Re: traders insurance info required

Depends a bit on what you want it to cover, in my case, I need cover for online sales and demonstrating/teaching as well as for face-to-face trading, and for me, the Ian Wallace Craftsman insurance was the best option, he even kindly added a clause for me using open fires near the public for no extr...
by sally
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tambour work
Replies: 17
Views: 3782

Re: Tambour work

its much, much faster per stitch, but, and its a big but, you really do need the work properly tensioned and to sit in good light in the correct posture if you want to get any accuracy and speed up. As a result, its not very portable compared to many other embroideryy types. In my case, its not prac...
by sally
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tambour work
Replies: 17
Views: 3782

Re: Tambour work

I've done a little bit, and the basic technique is simple enough, but like most of these things you need a certain amount of time and concentration to do a good job especially with silk threads. Its on my list of 'things I want to do more of in my copious spare time', which probably means when I ret...

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