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by Handbag
Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Not for those with weak stomachs....
Replies: 43
Views: 14773

Re: Not for those with weak stomachs....

quite astounded we all were in the morning to seeing you sitting there somewhat nonchalant wondering why we were all making a fuss!! but thats you all over really!! when we investigated the next morning we discovered a trail leading from the wall to your tent, two blood soaked t-shirts and a messy t...
by Handbag
Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: medieval fiddle
Replies: 12
Views: 4918

Re: medieval fiddle

Ive got from Busy mole in the past and also Stringmail.co.uk
by Handbag
Thu Apr 05, 2012 6:51 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: medieval fiddle
Replies: 12
Views: 4918

Re: medieval fiddle

what make are your strings? - you can get really bad cheap ones which will do this - I have Chorda (Pirastro) strings and have found these fine compared to the strings I had sent with the instrument.
by Handbag
Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: medieval fiddle
Replies: 12
Views: 4918

Re: medieval fiddle

Fixed frog bows can take a little getting used to , but I would say no more than when i changed from 3/4 size to full sized modern violin when i was a child. My first early music instrument was a rebec and the change from violin to rebec was strange but fun at the same time with learning all the qui...
by Handbag
Sun May 15, 2011 9:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Any reflections on Plessis Armouries?
Replies: 5
Views: 1743

Re: Any reflections on Plessis Armouries?

My other half has a full suit from him of late 14th C. Really nice to deal with , listens well to what we wanted and produced a lovely set of armour too!! He was really enthusiastic about what he made for us and his attention to detail was fab! we used him for this after having Hourglass Gauntlets f...
by Handbag
Sat Oct 09, 2010 8:12 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!
Replies: 25
Views: 3565

Re: Sleeping bag/bed/bag thing!

http://www.albrechts.se/Library/Pdfer/CarrysackfromMartebo.pdf the above link should take you to a PDF with a similar kind of thing your looking for. basically a sack split in the middle so when worn over the shoulder you get 2 pouches for your belongings and when empty can be used to stuff with str...
by Handbag
Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Advice on hand stitching please!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1310

Re: Advice on hand stitching please!!

i often use woollen thread to stitch, i can still get darning wool at my local haberdashery and find, particularity when sewing woollen items it really pulls in nice and tight, i tend to wax the thread slightly before sewing to give a little strength as it is passed through the material, but remembe...
by Handbag
Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: How to get out chewing gum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1949

Re: How to get out chewing gum?

had this same problem on a cloak - proper squished in right in the middle of the cloak!! (first time id worn it too :twisted: ) but i popped into our local supermarket and picked up a can of Dr Beckmann Stain Slayer spray, you spray into chewing-gum wait a few mins and wash off with warm water... wo...
by Handbag
Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th century wide belt fittings
Replies: 5
Views: 1690

15th century wide belt fittings

Hi im in a hurry!! i need a belt buckle ( and maybe a chape) for a 15th Century wide belt to wear with a burgundian gown i want to wear at Tewkesbury... can anyone recommend a UK seller that might be able to get me one in time ? i usually do 14th Century so none of my belt buckles are wide enough to...
by Handbag
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:43 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: meat fruit
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: meat fruit

wonderful!

thankyou!!

]:) ]:)
by Handbag
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: meat fruit
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

meat fruit

hello there ive just come back from a banquet in Stockholm and as part of the menu we were served with "Meat fruit" - as in meat/fish pate made to look like fruit. ive seen this on that Heston Blumenthal show and wanted to try making them. now i have tried eating them i REALLY want to try ...
by Handbag
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Noble hats
Replies: 30
Views: 4343

Re: Noble hats

for the 14th century you could have a circlet and veil. (will cover 1350 - 1380ish) plaits either side of the face either as ramshorns or long framing plaits coming from your temples to as far as chin level. here is lovely little article with theorised construction of the MoL circlet finds http://ww...
by Handbag
Thu Dec 24, 2009 9:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets
Replies: 29
Views: 4658

Re: Underarm gussets on kirtles and doublets

I do 14th C - this may or may not be useful to you. the Moy bog gown normally attributed to late 14th century has gussests but not in the place most re-enactors place them - this construction really allows for freer movement and also a good tight fit several people have done dress diaries on this - ...
by Handbag
Sun Nov 01, 2009 8:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotehardie
Replies: 15
Views: 3558

Re: Cotehardie

Dont panic!! the cotehardie you have got is a great starting base. take it one thing at a time. shorten it a little to begin with and see how you feel. button holes are easy once you get the knack - practice of some spare cloth (perhaps the off cuts from shortening the cote) look here for some stitc...
by Handbag
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotehardie
Replies: 15
Views: 3558

Re: Cotehardie

ah yes old oak galls - but ive never really had great results - a greyish mess mostly or blacks that fade - iron mordant helps but is messy work and too much disintergrates the fabric! i get blacks from dyeing brown fleece with indigo or woad. (its got a slight blue tinge to it but from a short dist...
by Handbag
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotehardie
Replies: 15
Views: 3558

Re: Cotehardie

Hi the trouble is cotehardies changed a lot from 1350-1420 so it is hard for one garment to represent the high fashion across 70 years - in the same way as nowadays fashions change with every decade!! the cotehardie in your picture (ignoring colour for now) would be middle/high class at 1350 but was...
by Handbag
Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Drop spinning and social status
Replies: 10
Views: 1517

Re: Drop spinning and social status

it was one of those activities that everyone seemed to do rich or poor. the simplicity of the equipment required doesnt make this the worlds most expensive activity but one that was part of life necessity so everyone seems to have got in on the act. have a look at Karens site - it has a page on spin...
by Handbag
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: coat of plates
Replies: 1
Views: 954

http://www.hoashantverk.se/hantverk/hoa ... index.html

a good site with detailed pictures of some great reconstructions of Visby armour-

enjoy!!
by Handbag
Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:44 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Lutterall Psalter on DVD and Macclesfield Psalter on CD
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

my Macclesfield psalter facsimile arrived today too - i bought the book because - Well i just like books (and i lose CD's a lot!) its really nicely presented and a really good psalter - i never really realised it was not in the public view until 2004. i will enjoy exploring it for interesting things!
by Handbag
Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Garlic, when was it first used
Replies: 26
Views: 8894

ah i was waiting for Brother Ranulf to come along!! a gem of knowledge there!!
(im glad i was right about old neckham and garlic!!)
still good question - ive always used garlic in our authenti kitchen and never really questioned it... its good to make you think about the little things!! :lol:
by Handbag
Wed Sep 16, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Garlic, when was it first used
Replies: 26
Views: 8894

Garlic is mentioned in the forme of cury several times.

Alexander neckham - abbot of cirencester in the 12century wrote several recipes with garlic in them
by Handbag
Tue Jul 07, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Drop spinning and carding questions
Replies: 39
Views: 8946

Re: Drop spinning and carding questions

I'm interested in learning about carding wool and drop spinning and wondered If anyone could suggest anywhere I can get a carder and drop spindle of good quality and also some uncarded wool? I have bought a lucet from Lucy the Tudor previously at the Warwick ILHF which I was really happy with, but ...
by Handbag
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:11 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Favorite Historica, Period Drama/Action Films.
Replies: 40
Views: 7669

I really enjoyed Beowulf and Grendel - directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. the scenery was stunning and characterisation good - not a period i re-enact but im guessing the costume wasnt great (but when are they?) but the rest of the Film made up for it
by Handbag
Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:04 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: help with medieval hurdy gurdy
Replies: 8
Views: 4535

thanks all for your suggestions - ive joined a hurdy gurdy forum too - incase anyone there is close to me that can help.
by Handbag
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: help with medieval hurdy gurdy
Replies: 8
Views: 4535

Hi, I'm dubious about posting to this, because, if you're new to it, you can't tell what the gurdy can do before you start!... Tunings, different soundings, and repertoires all make a difference on set up. Too much cotton or rosin will make it sound awful and throw the tangents out of kilter. If it...
by Handbag
Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:17 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: help with medieval hurdy gurdy
Replies: 8
Views: 4535

oops can a mod move this to music section please??

if not i will repost

thanks
by Handbag
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:41 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: help with medieval hurdy gurdy
Replies: 8
Views: 4535

help with medieval hurdy gurdy

Hi i need a bit of advice please - ive just bought a medieval 4 string Symphony (Box hurdy gurdy) and am struggling to get a good sound out of the Chanterelles. i have sorted the petit bourdon and the gross bourdon and get a lovely drone but i cannot get anything other than a high pitched screech fr...
by Handbag
Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Online customer behaviour
Replies: 4
Views: 1218

Occasionally I take ages to get back to someone about something because my head is elsewhere or I have thought I have already answered them- swings and roundabouts maybe? :? that is just like me. i always seem to have loads of things going on at the same time like now for instance im Buying fabric ...
by Handbag
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Pillars of the Earth
Replies: 6
Views: 991

id be interested to hear what others think too- ive read world without end - the sequel and thought it was really excellent. i couldnt put it down and practically dreamt about it - very engrossing so i imagine the 1st book is just as good.
by Handbag
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:52 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Rosaries, Crucifix and Cross Pendants
Replies: 29
Views: 3482

some more pics for you - this time from st marys church in warwick -

one is late 14th century from the tomb of Lord Thomas and Lady Katherine de Beauchamp. the others are late 15th century

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