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by Pelican
Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: shoulder width on a doublet
Replies: 16
Views: 4779

Re: shoulder width on a doublet

Sophia If you don't mind me asking do you use your 'rule of 3' regardless of size of wearer? I'm currently in the process of setting sleeves in to a doublet for a chap of 6', with a reasonable shoulder width (as in broad rather than 'all over round'!). I have rather small hands (to quote an ex-boyfr...
by Pelican
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:50 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help! Sword book needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Re: Help! Sword book needed

Many thanks, I've now got it :-)
by Pelican
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Help! Sword book needed
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Help! Sword book needed

Hello, I'm entirely out of my depth here, because some time ago I was vaguely pointed towards a new medieval swordsmanship/manual type book that's been released "recently" for a certain someone's birthday. A quick reccy around Amazon and nothing stood out at me that His Lordship doesn't already have...
by Pelican
Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 11935

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Hmmm, I think that the time frame and price ratio might indeed not be at odds with my time period - but I'm always willing to be proved wrong! I'm not sure if I can possibly make this any vaguer, but somewhere at the back of my head is a royal wardrobe inventory that lists just one cotton shirt in e...
by Pelican
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 11935

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Oh lawks, well, if anyone sees a blacksmith with an occassional gammy eye, please, I beg, don't cite the @r5e hanging out reference, it will give him strong ideas that I expect he would want to follow... In all seriousness though, said image might be interesting if I can find it. That particular sta...
by Pelican
Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 11935

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Thank you all again! Particularly interested in the home brewing yeast treatment (it's not like I haven't got any kicking about the house... :$ ), definately something worth trying! Event organisers are rarely up for the 'man on fire' routine. Our time period is WOTR, and taking the point about bein...
by Pelican
Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 11935

Re: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

Thanks all for prompt responses. I've picked up some lovely handwoven fustian recently (at a price...) for lining a good quality, "bit posher" doublet. A proper under-layer for putting a proper outer garment over, as Sophia rightly points out. But wouldn't fustian be a bit too 'much' for our lowly b...
by Pelican
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question
Replies: 31
Views: 11935

Dreaded 'pourpoint' sleeveless doublet question

I hate to go over this again, but I'm in a bit of a quandry. We have a blacksmith in the group, a fighting blacksmith, and I need to help him hold his hose up. I've previously made him a sort of sleeveless pourpoint arrangement, the main reason being that blacksmithing is warm work, and really requi...
by Pelican
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Handmade needles
Replies: 3
Views: 3581

Re: Handmade needles

Good news for anyone else who was coveting these needles, I've just bought some handmade steel needles from Crossman Crafts at TORM today for £2 each http://www.crossmancrafts.co.uk/sewing/
by Pelican
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 5068

Re: Making medieval shoes

Ah yes I know the one, I might keep an eye out for it at TORM...
by Pelican
Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Making medieval shoes
Replies: 13
Views: 5068

Re: Making medieval shoes

Lonestan - could I ask which book you're working from please? I've seen the Petty Chapman (I think) book about making your own medieval shoes, is it that one? It's something that fascinates me (OK OK, shoes in general fascinate me!) and I know I already have enough on my hands with costuming, but it...
by Pelican
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Handmade needles
Replies: 3
Views: 3581

Re: Handmade needles

Oh and mine :cry: but I'm hopeless enough with losing pins and needles at the best of times, I really couldn't trust myself with something so small and valuable!
by Pelican
Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Craftspeople
Replies: 17
Views: 6123

Re: Craftspeople

Very late reply but I think an interesting thread worth resurrecting! I was taugh to sew by hand at about 4 (I can still remember the best Christmas present I ever recieved as a kid, my gran had put together a box of some brightly coloured thick embroidery thread, plastic needles and that fabric tha...
by Pelican
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Mortimer
Replies: 6
Views: 3221

Re: The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England. Ian Morti

I took some exception to the comment of "of course, everyone in the 14th century wears a corset" or wording very similar.
by Pelican
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seeking reference
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Seeking reference

Thank you Alice. Half past midnight last night, I found it too. Did I spend all evening looking at every single page of any book it could concievably be in?

Maybe... :wasntme:

Next step, source sticks, straw, strong fabric, and many many cups of tea :coffee:
by Pelican
Tue Jul 05, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seeking reference
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Re: Seeking reference

Thank you both for responding so quickly! However it's not the image I can see in my head (that sounds very wrong!) The one I'm thinking of is a sketch rather than a woodcut, very similar to the ones of the older gentleman tailor that you see quite a few of from 1425 (I think).
by Pelican
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Seeking reference
Replies: 6
Views: 1504

Seeking reference

Hello all I am going mad. Recently, I saw a fantastic image (15th century I think) of a tailor's shop with a dummy in it. I can see it in my head, the dummy was at the back left hand side, and I think there was some fitting going on or a pile of fabric closer to the foreground. I really need to find...
by Pelican
Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fitted kirtle advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Re: Fitted kirtle advice

Thanks Alice. I think I will go for your first suggestion as it is only a matter of a couple of inches. That shouldn't knock the fit of the rest of it out too much I would imagine? I suppose the only giveaway that it's not a 'make do and mend' situation, more a 'eaten too much of one's own baking du...
by Pelican
Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:04 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fitted kirtle advice
Replies: 3
Views: 1685

Fitted kirtle advice

Hello all, I’m after a bit of 15th century fitted kirtle advice. After spending a long time following instructions for a kirtle pattern from the Medieval Tailors Assistant, which I have successfully done before on a couple of occasions, I’ve made a bit of a faux pas somewhere. Unfortunately it would...
by Pelican
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Taming the fabric stash?
Replies: 24
Views: 4366

Re: Taming the fabric stash?

Glad to know I'm not alone with my unkempt sewing area(s); there is always one part of the house that looks like a bomb has exploded in Bernie the Bolt's tent. We're moving in two weeks to a bigger place with large utility room to accommodate all my fabric related activities, I'm only 24, what's goi...
by Pelican
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 3761

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, it is the Australian wool industry in particular that has little regard for sheep welfare. Not such a problem in the UK. I'm from sheep farming country too and have not seen anything like some of the undercover videos from the land of Aus. Although to be subjectiv...
by Pelican
Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather
Replies: 23
Views: 3761

Re: Vegan alternatives to felt & leather

I was a very strict vegan for 3 years, until re-enactment made me give in... I tried every alternative I could find and spent years trying to source a good veggie leather to no avail. I tried making fabric shoes following an example of some cloth slippers in a museum somewhere in the world. They did...
by Pelican
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: medieval make-up and eyebrows
Replies: 4
Views: 1732

Re: medieval make-up and eyebrows

Just want to say that Sally's book is absolutely excellent, and I've had great fun making up some of the recipes. The alkanet lip balm has replaced my lipstick!
by Pelican
Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cleavers/goosegrass
Replies: 5
Views: 1700

Re: Cleavers/goosegrass

Thank you Brother Ranulf, you are a star! That's exactly what I wanted to hear. We still have some green ones left near where I live, I'll send the dog out to gather them (this involves letting her run into the hedgerows, and she will come back with them stuck over her face...)
by Pelican
Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Cleavers/goosegrass
Replies: 5
Views: 1700

Cleavers/goosegrass

One for the herbalists:

Has anyone come across any knowledge of the medievals using cleavers in medicines? I've looked in my usual favourite sources from the introduction in the Goodman of Paris, to no avail. Any thoughts?

Many thanks
by Pelican
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:14 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Herstmonceux 2009 pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 1365

Herstmonceux 2009 pictures

Hi, has anyone got any insights why last year's photos aren't posted on the website? I sat patiently for quite a few and as far as I know the photographers were out in their usual full force.

On a similar note, the LH prizes aren't posted.

If anyone knows something I don't please shout!
by Pelican
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Garlic, when was it first used
Replies: 26
Views: 10351

Re: Garlic, when was it first used

On the query about carrots, could I point the original poster in the direction of the one and only "Carrot Museum" - http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/ there is a section on this history of carrots with some nice pictures of different colour carrots at different points in history and theories about geog...
by Pelican
Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 5157

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

Sir Edmund ,not sure of it's historical correctness but an iron mordant and ivy leaves will also produce what I could only describe as a "dirty black". Without the iron mordant though it is liable to just be more flipping yellow if not dyed for long enough :roll:
by Pelican
Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: History, there's quite a lot of it.
Replies: 38
Views: 5157

Re: History, there's quite a lot of it.

Thanks Grymm sorry was on a bit of a "go slow" then. None the less, woad and yellow will create a green, probably safer just calling it... "green", perhaps a simple concept that our ancestors weren't too fond of! Gregory - so I take it that would mean they knew it would work, but it wasn't commerica...