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by MedicKitten
Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tudor gown lacing?
Replies: 211
Views: 20815

I know Bess has already said it, but you really really REALLY must get your shoulder straps TIGHT!!! I was perfectly convinced that I had done so BEFORE setting out to Kentwell, and after only 3 days they were already stretching. Still havent gotten around to resetting them, but ::sighs:: I will bef...
by MedicKitten
Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: World War 2 era women's shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2418

ok, now i'm a bit scared! I'll check ebay about shoes, but that resin makes me quite nervous about modern ones. :?
by MedicKitten
Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:49 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: World War 2 era women's shoes
Replies: 12
Views: 2418

World War 2 era women's shoes

Could anyone tell me where i might be able to find reproduction WW2 women's shoes? they appear to be devilishly difficult to locate.
by MedicKitten
Tue Jun 13, 2006 5:18 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fact or Fiction : Richard III - Accurate or Complete Hash
Replies: 23
Views: 4429

Well lets do this properly, starting with things we DO know: 1. the princes were never seen AFTER Richard put them in the tower 2. if they were alive, presumably he would have paraded them about to prove that he DIDNT kill them 3. one would think that their sister would have gotten them freed after ...
by MedicKitten
Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:35 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint knappers
Replies: 9
Views: 9341

It would if molecules of baler twine were caught in the structure of your lithic artifact. We juuuuust finished a Use/Wear analysis project in my Lithics Class.
by MedicKitten
Sun Apr 23, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: Medieval Bagpipe music
Replies: 9
Views: 3760

When I was but a bairn my daddy told me that listening to bagpipes causes heart attacks.

:lol:

(the man has no appreciation for the great highland pipes!)
by MedicKitten
Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cutting up an old fur coat
Replies: 22
Views: 4340

In America, our red squirrels still ARE treated as pests. Case in point: they're living in the attic with me. About 12 of them. How is the English species different?
by MedicKitten
Thu Apr 20, 2006 1:15 am
Forum: 55BC-410AD
Topic: lamp fuel
Replies: 7
Views: 2064

its a plant with a big tall spike in the middle, grows wild, has pretty yellow flowers on the spike.
by MedicKitten
Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:46 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Bodice Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

YES! that IS what i did! Kate, you're a GENIUS!!! :D
by MedicKitten
Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Bodice Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

Well, I know I'M not offended, any and all advice was appreciated. It looks like there's nothing for it but to recut the piece. The dart would be a really good solution, but even with a dart the shoulder straps dont lie properly. I must have made a mistake transferring the pattern from the toile. If...
by MedicKitten
Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Bodice Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

ive only got the INTERlining for the 1578 kirtle. So dont worry, i know not to put darts in. And i WONT be there in may...i'm getting my tonsils out two days before the event. :cry: BUT there will still be no darts. I may be able to put some in the interlining that NOBODY will ever ever see...but th...
by MedicKitten
Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Bodice Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

::sighs:: i was afraid of that. well, good thing i didnt cut the wool part :D
and it fit so well in the toile!
by MedicKitten
Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: A Bodice Question
Replies: 13
Views: 2273

A Bodice Question

Ok Great Hive Mind, here's the question: i'm trying to get the back to lie properly on the bodice for my new kirtle. It gaps at the top. What can i do to make it fit more smoothly?
by MedicKitten
Mon Apr 10, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shear terror
Replies: 13
Views: 2771

Thanks for the e-hand holding, the interlining and boning are done with only ONE nasty suprise! (the dratted thing wound up being too big, god only knows how) Now that i know exactly what shape i really need i should be able to work up the courage to cut the nice blue wool and green linen for the ou...
by MedicKitten
Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shear terror
Replies: 13
Views: 2771

My fabric isnt QUITE as expensive as yours, but I hand dyed it to a lovely blue...obviously no chance of coming up with the same color twice. Actually I have made my mock-up...but i'm afraid the real stuff will behave differently. Half the channels and bones are now into the cotton duck...which is s...
by MedicKitten
Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shear terror
Replies: 13
Views: 2771

shear terror

I have a major problem here: 10 beautiful yards of wool and linen, and i'm too afraid to cut it because i'm not sure if the mock up of the bodice is perfect yet, and I dont want to waste such lovely fabric. Its supposed to be side lacing- how much extra should i allow in the duck layer to allow for ...
by MedicKitten
Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: 2000BC-55BC
Topic: Flint knappers
Replies: 9
Views: 9341

I'm just a VERY VERY new beginner, as we are learning it in "Lithic Technology" class, but I know a few very good knappers from the Pequot tribe out here in the states. They're amazingly good at microlith production.
by MedicKitten
Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:31 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7263

I actually have a suggestion for all you carpal tunnel people. Believe it or not, most of the damage is done from the way you place your hands when you sleep. (thus says the hand surgeon i asked at work) SHE says that you should go to a drugstore/chemists and get a soft brace for your wrists to wear...
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Do you work on a stand or cut from a pattern?
Replies: 38
Views: 7263

If i have a sketch, i can draft pattern pieces from it. Dont know how. just do. The only thing i WONT meddle with is bodices. I'm too much of a perfectionist, and i want it to fit just right, so i'll mock up a basic draft and fiddle...for about a month. Yes, we americans do some pretty splended thin...
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 15, 2006 12:09 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Flavoured vodkas
Replies: 32
Views: 7226

Another simply AMAZING recipe involves a bottle of brandy, two cups of blueberries and a quarter inch of cinnamon stick. Mush up the berries, add half a cup of sugar, dump everything in a large mason jar, leave in a sunny window about 4 months...tastes MUCH better than the original cheap alcohol. Al...
by MedicKitten
Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Just how hot would Mercia have had to be to grow coconuts?
Replies: 22
Views: 3602

What if the swallows had greenhouses?
by MedicKitten
Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's RIGHT with the film 'DRUIDS'?
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

that is...amazing. simply amazing. now i HAVE to see it!
by MedicKitten
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What's RIGHT with the film 'DRUIDS'?
Replies: 21
Views: 4802

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!!!

::pulls out a katana from the druid circle, defeats Romans::
by MedicKitten
Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:35 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Printing Press
Replies: 28
Views: 4373

The museum in the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London has a full-size working press for teaching purposes. We used it this fall, and it works very well. As for Professor Karim-Cooper, she might be able to help you get access to it and i'm sure they could give you the plans they used to build it.
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 01, 2006 9:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bodice Bother - of a female nature...
Replies: 16
Views: 3184

Yes, i am Dorothy. :D
and i'm looking forward to meeting you all in person! i'm getting into London on the..um...9th.
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Bodice Bother - of a female nature...
Replies: 16
Views: 3184

Ooh! I'll be there too...with little scraps of the fabrics i have so that they can be authenti-checked. AND i just finished my first proper high necked smock. It came out better than expected! Bodice is being fitted, but decision on where to put the openings is waiting until later. How cold is it us...
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:04 am
Forum: General History
Topic: Cavalry Charge
Replies: 10
Views: 2387

Then there's the trampling effect...sorta like having a brick wall run straight into you
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:47 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6549

North or South in Virginia? :D it could very well be that they dont quite know yet...i'm pretty certain that Williamsburg figured it out a while ago, but they seem much better informed than some of their countrymen. I'm from so far north that it doesnt even matter...we're due to be annexed by Canada...
by MedicKitten
Wed Mar 01, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6549

OH! gotcha. on THIS side of the pond the whole thing is still "the American Revolution"...we just assume that it was all "loyal patriots" versus "pansy loyalists"
yeah...i know...its pathetic...but some people still think that the south WON the ACW!
by MedicKitten
Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:50 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: What is wrong with the film, The Patriot?
Replies: 42
Views: 6549

What's the "partisan war"? i'm a Yankee myself, so i really dont have the slightest idea what you mean...