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by Random Mumblings
Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2679

Maerwynn wrote:Aha, Rumbly, I'm getting closer to working out who you are!

Maerwynn


You say it like it's some great mystery :lol: :shock: 8)
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jul 03, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2679

Speak to Chloe and especially Fish on the authenti-team in the Vike - PM me for email addresses. Maerwynn That's odd, I wasn't aware Fish was on the authenti-team....she's in our group and all, you'd have thought I'd have heard. :shock: Tuppence, thanks for the offer of the copy of the relevant pag...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Choosing a sewing machine?
Replies: 34
Views: 3285

Re: Choosing a sewing machine?

Have been using an Elna for the last 15years and its been fab, however I think I may have finally killed it sewing for my brother's wedding. When I replace it, I want to get a machine that will happily do me another 15 years, and would very much welcome any thoughts from our resident professional c...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:09 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2679

I think there is an article in "Medieval Clothing and Textiles 1" edited by Robin Netherton & Gale R. Owen-Crocker, that may be of interest to you. N. Quite possibly, but could you let me know what it says LOL as I don't have the book to hand. Don't really have a spare £30 at the mome...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any
Replies: 24
Views: 2679

Saxon embroidery- quick question for anyone who has done any

I'm embroidering a panel for a kirtle neckband. Pattern is my own design in the style of some 9th century manuscripts. Just a quick question really. Would the background area of the design be left plain with the fabric as background, or would the design have been completely infilled, like a tapestry...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

Don't waste your money on a pamphlet or a less substantial thing as you'll just need to spend out again, pretty soon on something as good as this. Oh, well I've got Sally's pamphlet and to be honest it has all the information I need for the moment. I doubt I'll do a lot of dyeing, I just want a dab...
by Random Mumblings
Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Another want!! Natural (probably)dyed wool yarn?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

For yarns I use the cold water dyes. I do them late in the evening, leave them to soak overnight and they are ready to wash the next morning. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the little folded pieces of paper under the cellophane wrapping. It is dead easy. And you can also mix the c...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 19, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

Attilla the Bun wrote:It likes woad and indigo though! :D And shellfish purple, although I've never heard of anyone using that on linen.

Could you be a blue viking, perhaps?


:wink:


Technically, I'm not gonna be any sort of Viking.... :wink:
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Another want!! Natural (probably)dyed wool yarn?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

I love dying yarns, no idea why. But I usually dye in two or three colours per hank, for people to use in embroidery and braiding when it is damp at camp. I would love an excuse to do another big batch. Oh, I use natural-looking dylon dyes. Now Debbie Crumb grows the right type of plants in her gar...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

The only trouble is, you can't dye linen orange or russet, or any deep red colour with natural dyes, not until the Turkey Red process was introduced, which was far too late for Vikings, Rumbly! That's okay, I'll see what colour I can get it with madder :D So, are you saying that the Saxons/Vikes di...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

I know nothing about dying, but why are you adding acids to the mix? I know that alum or other metal salts act as a mordant and both fix the dye and alter it's colour, but I can't see why you'd need the acid. :? I can, however think of one reference to steeping linnen in vinegar, but that has somet...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:53 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

also speak to sally pointer as she does an excellent beginners guide to dyeing!! Sally? Beginners guide to dyeing sounds like a good place to start! pop over to the shop m'dear http://www.sallypointer.com/shop, should find madder there too and let me know when you order and I'll add a couple of spo...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

Handbag wrote:also speak to sally pointer as she does an excellent beginners guide to dyeing!!


Sally? Beginners guide to dyeing sounds like a good place to start!
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Okay -dyeing!
Replies: 20
Views: 2062

Okay -dyeing!

Well now I'm expert at tablet weaving and so on I need a new challenge....... :lol: Okay, start again.....a bit more truthfully this time. I'm mid way through the next lot of kit but I can't get any madder dyed linen :( Bernie is almost completely out of linen now and is talking about commissioning ...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Another want!! Natural (probably)dyed wool yarn?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

I've looked at Steve the Weaves website and his stuff is lovely. I've had a go and made my first one, it was fiddly and I kept forgetting where I was up to with the pattern but I'm quite pleased for a first attempt. I used some 100% wool double knit i had here, and it's a bit thick, also my tablets ...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Elderflower Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 1524

Or if you prefer a non alcoholic beverage, make a stock sugar syrup, add juice of a lemon, allow to cool then pour this over a basin full of fresh elderflowers. Steep over night, strain off and bottle (refrigerate as this isnt a sterile brew) dilute like squash to taste. Very quick, very yummy. One...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Another want!! Natural (probably)dyed wool yarn?
Replies: 17
Views: 2353

Another want!! Natural (probably)dyed wool yarn?

I really CBA carding, spinning and dyeing my own yarn, that doesn't float my boat at all at the moment. At the moment I'm using embroidery wool skeins in colours that look as if they could be natural dyes, however the skeins aren't too long so I'd prefer hanks or balls of wool. I'd also prefer the c...
by Random Mumblings
Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or linen/cotton suppliers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Tod wrote:That's not MK Rumble is it?


Huh? MK Rumble? Ah, no. Complete accident, my username seems to have been abbreviated to Rumbly, and after I'd acquired the moniker "Rumbly" I joined the same group as MK Rumble. Bizarre, but true. He makes a mean stew, does Rumble. :wink:
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or linen/cotton suppliers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Thanks guys. Have found Anwar from Herts Fabric to be a very helpful and friendly chap, he's sending me some fabric this week.
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 11, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 2747

Try to be a little more specific if you can, are you looking for: A. General books on the period. B. Books on the Late Saxon (Englisc - or however it's spelled :lol: ) period. C. Viking History. D. Foundation of Normandy and expansion. E. All of the above. If you're after general books then I'd try...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or linen/cotton suppliers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Panda wrote:if you email bernie he'll post stuff to you


PMed you :-) Any other suppliers?
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Linen or linen/cotton suppliers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1203

Linen or linen/cotton suppliers?

Are there any other suppliers that sell preferably linen or alternatively linen/cotton mix fabrics in suitable colours for dark age re-enactment at similar prices to Bernie the Bolt? (ie not break the bank expensive) Don't mind if it's online or via the phone although online will be easier of course...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 11, 2007 5:31 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: British history 800 -1100AD -books?
Replies: 10
Views: 2747

British history 800 -1100AD -books?

After a weekend of re-enactment we have relised our knowledge of the period is practically zero!! (You don't tend to do Dark Age history in school -or at least we didn't when we were at school) Me and my hubby would like some books that will give us some insight into the period we will be attempting...
by Random Mumblings
Thu Jun 07, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Smallest kit?!
Replies: 270
Views: 19332

Excellent! My kids regularly bring home "Barnaby Bear" from primary school, he has to come home for the weekend and the kids have to write a diary/provide photos of fun things they have done with Barnaby that weekend. It tends to turn into a competition for the parents to outdo each other ...
by Random Mumblings
Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:05 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bernie the Bolt?
Replies: 0
Views: 345

Bernie the Bolt?

Has anyone got an up to date contact? Bought some stuff a few weeks ago and noticed they are in Godmanchester now, the only number I can now find is in Chigwell, I NEED fabric LOL! Help!

It's okay, panic over. I've found the piece of paper that Bernie gave me with his new address and number on.
by Random Mumblings
Fri May 25, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon headcovering dimensions
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Thanks all. Anyone else got any links for pins? Maerwynn told me about a couple, but £15 upwards for 2 pins is pushing it a bit budget-wise at the moment. They don't need to be fancy, just plain ones will do. Failing this I'll be stabbing myself with dressmaking pins!!!
by Random Mumblings
Tue May 22, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Saxon headcovering dimensions
Replies: 14
Views: 1237

Thanks. Have made it the full 120" long, however how on earth do you tie it???? :shock:
by Random Mumblings
Tue May 22, 2007 7:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet weaving? Beginners guide?
Replies: 19
Views: 3084

Thanks folks. All the links I've looked at show you how to weave it on a loom. I thought you could do it without a loom, just with one end tied to something? Is that not the case? I'm looking for something to do in LHE, and making an authentic loom isn't going to be possible at the moment so may hav...
by Random Mumblings
Mon May 21, 2007 7:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet weaving? Beginners guide?
Replies: 19
Views: 3084

Jenn R wrote:Mumbly....it is I.... 8)

Have a search on Soper Lane....those ladies know soooooooooooooo much!

Soper Lane

:wink:


A-Ha! T'is you, LeClerc. Hurrah. Cheers for the link, me dear, will go have a look. :D

Rumbly x
by Random Mumblings
Mon May 21, 2007 6:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tablet weaving? Beginners guide?
Replies: 19
Views: 3084

Tablet weaving? Beginners guide?

Can anyone give me a link to or title of something I can get online/buy that will give me the basics of tablet weaving please? Had found a site with lots of links but they are either dead links, or academic essays with no pictures. I need step by step idiots guide.

Thanks :-)

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