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by GOK
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4715

But good fabric isn't a new thing. I know - I've been making historical clothing for over 30 years! It's really cool however, that there seem to be more and more 'authentic' fabrics coming onto the market of late. There have been companies around for well over a decade that will weave to archaeolog...
by GOK
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4715

I'm starting to get really quite excited about the availability of good fabrics. I've got a small amount of Stuart Peachey's undyed handwoven wool that will be handmade into a doublet by the ILHF. Similarly Bernie is now stocking a range of dyed in the yarn wools that are going to make a beautifull...
by GOK
Tue Aug 25, 2009 10:15 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4715

Cathy, it's lovely to see you here! If you're going to be at ILHF, then I look forward to going even more if it gives me the chance to finally meet you in the flesh (I promise not to drool over your creations!)! Personally, I prefer the ILHF, simply because I find more of interest to me there (as a ...
by GOK
Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:25 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 7607

Hmmm...Blackadder. Queenie rocked. "Percy ? Either you can shut up, or you can have your head chopped off." hahaha Is it wrong to admit that sometimes when K questions something I've said, I just give him the look and ask, "Who's Queen?"?! Cleavers ? Rare ?? HAHAHAHAHA I know, I...
by GOK
Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 7607

Not seen The Tudors (nor The Other Boleyn Girl - either version) but I have to agree with you vis a vis Robin of Sherwood! On the subject of delightful nonsense, what about Cadfael then? Of course, I can't help but tell him very loudly that what he's got in his hand is not cleavers, or whatever othe...
by GOK
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:36 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Honey
Replies: 6
Views: 2731

Scottish Lady, Kirsty is porbably a ringer, not a native English speaker, that was a direct dictionary lift. She has an odd link and her initial posting was a bit vague. Regarding the link - yes it's very odd for an LH forum because it's something that the games industry uses for development of DS ...
by GOK
Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Son of Beer Tent Hall of Shame - Kelmarsh 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

DeadlyGlamour wrote:I don't ask them, they usually flash at me!
I just say occasionally "do something memorable".....


Hmmm, last time I was with you when you said that, you got 'donkey' on your DVD! :lol:
by GOK
Tue Jul 28, 2009 4:08 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Son of Beer Tent Hall of Shame - Kelmarsh 2009
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Ye gods woman, what is this fetish you have for photographing men's bottoms (and worse)?! :shock:

Am liking the Twi'lek slave girl though! :twisted:
by GOK
Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:01 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Beer Tent Hall of Shame Rides Again - Berkeley 2009
Replies: 4
Views: 1187

LOVE the Pimm's outfit!! It was Pimm's o'clock back at the Kelmarsh Guard Tent between 3-6pm! :twisted:
by GOK
Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anyone know where I can get hold of A Pride of Bastards?
Replies: 7
Views: 1530

Will give that a go. Never heard of them before (Oxbow that is). Really? Oh, you're missing a trick there! Sign up for the mailshot, then every month or so, you'll get a very good paper catalogue through your letterbox, plus a lengthy newsletter. Both in themselves are good reads...but be warned, y...
by GOK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Historical novels that aren't utter drivel?
Replies: 79
Views: 20078

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. The follow-up (World Without End) isn't bad either, although I do feel he takes even more liberties with attaching modern thinking onto period characters. Thumpingly good reads though! London by Edward Rutherfurd. I really like his books but be warned - don't rea...
by GOK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anyone know where I can get hold of A Pride of Bastards?
Replies: 7
Views: 1530

Oxbow apparently has it for £7.99

http://www.oxbowbooks.com/bookinfo.cfm/ ... tion/Oxbow

The Deceivers (also by Geoffrey) is excellent, as is The Lordly Ones. Such a shame he is no longer with us - was such a lovely man.
by GOK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 7607

The Lion in Winter , starring Peter O'Toole, along with a superb Katherine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine and an incredibly young Anthony Hopkins, Timothy Dalton and Nigel Terry. An amazing film - shows just how insanely dangerous the Angevin Court of the late 12th century was Brendan C I'll see y...
by GOK
Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

That's really interesting, M - thank you for that. I'm now tempted to go off and research clothmaking, instead of making kit! :lol: That is the route to madness and despair!! :lol: I looked the info up and typed it while I was supposed to be helping the boss make three pairs of breeches for this we...
by GOK
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

That's really interesting, M - thank you for that. I'm now tempted to go off and research clothmaking, instead of making kit! :lol:
by GOK
Sun Jul 19, 2009 11:03 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

Shadowcat wrote:I PM'd you - do read it!

S.


I have...and sent you an email! :lol:
by GOK
Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:28 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

Re: 17th century coif

http://www.extremecostuming.com/articlesii/howtowearthecoif.html http://www.elizabethancostume.net/headwear/coifmake.html I'd go with an ivory or cream linen, if not white. Thank you for the links Karen - much appreciated. :) I'm really not sure that white linen would appropriate for the character ...
by GOK
Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th century coif
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

17th century coif

I've just signed up with an ECWS group, on the LH side as a countrywoman (to be precise, a gamekeeper's wife). I have most of my kit sorted out but the coif is giving me problems. I've looked at lots of images (paintings, drawings, re-enactment photos etc.) but I'm having trouble figuring out how to...
by GOK
Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:53 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Tatton 09 - extra authentic photographs.....
Replies: 1
Views: 1070

I hope they washed the bins out first, Birgit! :twisted:
by GOK
Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: padding in 18th c stays
Replies: 41
Views: 3825

Nope - they're right - but they're not 18th century. Early stayes had separate tabs - by the 18th c they were cut as one with the body. But does that mean then that the Tudor ones are going to be horribly uncomfortable if the canes/bents are cut off at the waist? I must admit that when I looked at ...
by GOK
Tue Mar 25, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 11thC wimple
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

To join in the pickiness...Brother Ranulph, you recommend the Regia site, where they use the word wimple in their description. :wink: Lucy **snerkle!** :lol: just irritates me when people try to ascribe specific words in that way, when it's completely unnecesary in terms of conveying meaning. Agree...
by GOK
Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7880

I have mine separated into purpose made rolls with sections for all the different lengths I use, one for sprung steel, one for spiral wires and one for busks! My 'by the roll' boning is sorted into type and width and I mark how much I've used on the packing. OMG that's what I use too! I got the ide...
by GOK
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7880

My partner says I am delightfully anally retentive....I think that's a nice way of saying I am a bit on the OCD side too! :lol: Back on topic - have you made front-lacing stays/bodies? I've made hundreds of corsets but am about to make my first bodies. Question is, what do I use for the support at t...
by GOK
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7880

I know what you mean - not only do I have spreadsheets I have everything stored logically (for me anyway) so I can see at a glance where certain things are. Ditto - even down to boning lengths! I need some shelving for my fabrics but at least my fabric is all sorted into fabric types in boxes. When...
by GOK
Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mail repair question
Replies: 6
Views: 1391

Thanks chaps - much appreciated. I have passed the info on :)
by GOK
Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mail repair question
Replies: 6
Views: 1391

Mail repair question

My partner has 'rescued' a great mailshirt, unfortunately it's horribly rusty. Is there anything that can be done to repair it, such as sandblasting, then dumping it in an oil bath....or something? Any advice will be hugely appreciated.

Thanks in advance. :)
by GOK
Wed Mar 19, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7880

Once started I like to work things through til they're finished - I'm a bit impatient and hate waiting for supplies to arrive. :D I agree - I like to have everything to hand before I begin a project...it's infuriating to suddenly find I don't have everything I need. Thankfully it doesn't happen oft...
by GOK
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Wartime Christmas dinner
Replies: 6
Views: 2697

What was the mock goose made from Craig? I've had tofu mock goose, which is gorgeous...unfortunately I have a soya sensitivity, so whilst I may like it, it really doesn't like me.

**is the lamest vegetarian ever!**
by GOK
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Gown (male) Pattern - last half of the 15th century.
Replies: 22
Views: 2530

If you want to know the direction of the weave of a fabric just hold it in two places and pull. If it stretches and distorts you are off the straight of the grain. If when you pull you can feel the resistance and it lays flat, that is the straight of the grain, or the 'up and down'. Or, if you have...
by GOK
Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Where to get items that give structure to stays, bodices etc
Replies: 84
Views: 7880

b**ger - I've not got enough to finish my latest stays commission. I'll have to reflect the price increase in my next one... Just out of interest, how much have you used so far for this project? ETA: My cane arrived this morning - less than 24 hours between ordering and delivery. That's what I call...

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