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by Mary Craig
Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:10 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25714

Alum does work, very well in fact, but it's better kept for curtains and the like 'cos it's uncomfortable stuff to handle, think chillies in eyeballs; no' funny :( while borax used to be used as eyewash and as an ingredient in cold creams.

regards,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Cotton in period
Replies: 213
Views: 25714

Interesting ramble of a thread. As a kind of aside, relevant though, cotton does not grow here, linen does. Linen does very well in the cool, moist climate and fertile lands of Northern Europe. Our climate is Atlantic island, and is predominately damp. Cotton is damned uncomfortable stuff damp.........
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The attachment of a stomacher
Replies: 36
Views: 4735

The knitting pins are actually fairly easy to slip into any fabric without tearing it. I manage silk brocade and coutil with them. The heads on the ones I found are small, about 3mm diameter. When fastened in under the edge they aren't seen at all. Think small hatpins and you won't be far wrong. I'v...
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: The attachment of a stomacher
Replies: 36
Views: 4735

I haven't made or worn this type of garment but I have pinned together the bodices for arisaids for folks to wear in a hurry without being made specifically for that person. The heavy duty pins that I found worked best are sold for knitters to mark stitch rows and pin garments together for sewing in...
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Funnily enough I just hauled out the demo colour wheels I've been using for several years to check that very thing, and I have to agree, my lichen dyed hanks seem to be the same all through despite being tied on (so some of the wool is hidden from light) for three years. Deep bright pink, bright ora...
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:39 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: New interpretation of how Rus-vikings dressed
Replies: 20
Views: 4810

It's a dubious interpretation of the brooch positioning, That bit of her costume research is based on *one* grave. Ask any female who actually has breasts and they will bluntly tell you that wearing metal brooches bouncing around over the nipple area of the breast is not on......Carry On harem girls...
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:34 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Tyrian Purple - whelk dye
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

If you dye first in indigo and then into a hot, not boiling, madder root dyebaths, you can get very, very close to the Tyrian purples......and it's a lot less fuss than either shellfish or lichens too :D
regards,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:28 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Powder to stop wool fraying?
Replies: 9
Views: 1788

The powder is sometimes sold for invisible mending. Shake it on like salt and iron it to bond.
I've got a very old tub of it (at least 15 years :roll: ) it's surprisingly effective and it needs such a tiny amount to be effective.

Cheers,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Making wool water repellent
Replies: 7
Views: 1284

If it's something that you can wash, even just by soaking it in cold water in the bath, then you can make a very cheap but effective showerproofing on wool simply by adding masses of fabric conditioner to the final rinse water. My cloak got a lot of wear through a very wet Spring and didn't soak thr...
by Mary Craig
Tue Oct 10, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric query
Replies: 14
Views: 2054

ah - but the purest in me has to point out that modern silk velvet (although gorgeous, and the best we can get these days unless v lucky) is most likely to be the 82/18 rayon and silk mix. *sigh* cursed victorians for inventing rayon... Caveat emptor. Depends on how fussy your supplier is I suppose...
by Mary Craig
Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Fabric query
Replies: 14
Views: 2054

If you can find your local Sari shops they will stock silk velvet. It is usually sold as part of a ladies costume set of two or three matching pieces of fabric, and they may insist that you buy all of the set simply because a left over remant doesn't sell easily in a culture that wears co-ordinating...
by Mary Craig
Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: "Supportive gowns"- ??????
Replies: 48
Views: 6990

I agree, it's not an undergown, but we know that 'matrons' used a band from at least Roman and Greek times to support their breasts. Mothers who decided not to breastfeed used to have their breasts tightly bound to provide comfort until the milk 'scattered' ( still being done to my knowledge 20 year...
by Mary Craig
Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Very Fine Linen Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 3848

I sell linen threads of all weights and I'm in Scotland so no exchange rates, or international postage. |I hand sew costumes so I'm fussy on the quality of my threads. PM me for samples if you're interested. I don't know if I'm really allowed to post this info like this or not on the forum; no worri...
by Mary Craig
Sun Apr 02, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Pagans, Druids and Witches
Replies: 66
Views: 11212

Modern Wicca/ Odinic/ Druidic, et all are pastiches. They provide all of the emotional, social and moral strictures, and Rites of Passage that any religion does, though. Not my thing, but, if people need it, then why not? Many of the proponents and adherents are truly excellent people, though I have...
by Mary Craig
Sun Mar 12, 2006 4:32 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Children's clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

Sounds absolutely excellent, but the girl is the younger is seems, at 6 going on for 7. I'm sure the pieces will sell though, they sound ideal. I'm going for as simple as possible so that there's no fuss for washing or storing the clothing, and no one being terribly precious about the children playi...
by Mary Craig
Wed Mar 08, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Food of the the Prehistoric Celts
Replies: 4
Views: 2168

Thanks for the link, much appreciated. Interesting details about querns and their use. I can't manage 2kilos of flour in quarter of an hour using a modern hand grinder!
Cheers,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Children's clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

If I dressed the boy in elastic waisted but lightly shaped trousers with stirrups under his feet, probably with an extra allowance seamed in under the foot to allow for some more growth. A tunic, loose enough to gather a bit, that comes to just above his knees, round neck, buttoned front (buttons ma...
by Mary Craig
Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Children's clothing
Replies: 14
Views: 2020

Children's clothing

I need some guidelines on acceptable clothing for WOTR children. Tradesman's (carpenter) children, between 6 and 10. I normally entirely hand sew but I intend to do the hidden seams by machine for speed. Just how simple can I get with these outfits and the children still be fine in an authentic scen...
by Mary Craig
Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: needlecases
Replies: 13
Views: 2714

The rolled up bit of cloth slips easily into a cleaned out hollow bone. I've got one made from the wing of some kind of very large bird; found the skeleton in the seaweed, no idea what it'd been. Seems to work very well, I sewed a cord onto one end and wrap that around the roll & when I push it ...
by Mary Craig
Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:48 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Knitted stockings
Replies: 15
Views: 2408

I agree with using worsted wool for knitting socks. Instead of using wool for knitting jumpers etc., buy the wool intended for weaving and use that. If I don't have time to spin my own before I knit hose I buy from Texere.
They have a two ply on this page that works very well
http://www.texere.co.uk/yarns.php?categ ... 4033dfadc9

Cheers,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Sat Feb 25, 2006 5:02 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Copyright and reconstructions
Replies: 23
Views: 7062

I think your definition hits it on the head, Sally.
Everybody's interpretation of a pattern is different too, even when they are working from the same original item.

Cheers,
Mary
by Mary Craig
Sat Feb 25, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Copyright and reconstructions
Replies: 23
Views: 7062

I know about copyright from a mapping point of view....if you copy directly from another map it's not yours. However, if you draw your own map but use salient features and positionings from several maps and sources and the actual lines drawn are your own work, then it's yours and your copyright. I r...
by Mary Craig
Mon Feb 13, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Warp Weighted Loom
Replies: 24
Views: 5879

I work with 'butterflies', long thin coiled hanks of wool...like new and still rolled up washing lines, on my wwl. Quite traditional on hand looms and since there is no additional weight in them they don't keep pulling down when one is trying to beat the weft up on the wwl. I agree about the netting...
by Mary Craig
Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:24 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Which way do you hand sew?
Replies: 47
Views: 8639

Depends on the stitch. I'm right handed so running stitch and back stitch are worked right to left. Herringbone, blanket stitch, stem stitch, etc.,is worked left to right. I was three when they (Gran, mum, aunts) started to teach me to sew....using a tiny silver thimble, I think it's a Victorian one...
by Mary Craig
Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:30 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Flax question
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

You might find them referred to as Lindams. Sometimes the name is corrupted to Lindens. They are also known as retting pits. Frequently found in proximity to bleaching greens and marked on old maps as such. How much do you want to know about the processing? i.e. that areas of hard standing/dry footi...
by Mary Craig
Sun Feb 12, 2006 3:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Underwear for the serious re-enactor (C13/14)
Replies: 5
Views: 1620

Pipe braies have very little wastage of material. Theres a pattern in my booklet 'Making Medieval Underwear, a practical guide' (only £1.75!) and also includes patterns for shirts, coifs and womens undergarments, headdress and apron. And with all sally's booklets it is well worth its money WW I tot...