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by jfdiow
Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:20 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Spindles & Niddy Noddy
Replies: 6
Views: 4531

distaff

Hi, We were using combed wool (white faced woodland in this case) and this photo is Jane not me (she takes a far better photo!) We dressed the distaff more by practical archeology than following any instructions as all the directions that I know off are for flax. I pulled lengths of combed wool (com...
by jfdiow
Thu Jul 26, 2007 11:20 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Spindles & Niddy Noddy
Replies: 6
Views: 4531

Distaff in use

Hi,

Some time back I posted about distaff use with a drop spindle- I thought you might like to see a photo of my distaff!
by jfdiow
Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:52 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: NFOE at Gilbert White's House - Selbourne
Replies: 4
Views: 1217

Hi,

and the name of your local paper is........?
I have parents and friends who live locally and might want to see the write-up,

Thanks,

Judith
by jfdiow
Thu Jul 05, 2007 3:38 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 12687

ahh, not quite, last year we got a Lidl (no-one goes there but we have one!)
we have Morrison, Sainsbury, M&S, 24hr Tesco(most profitable in the south of England) but no Asda:-(( and no Waitrose :-((((((

On the other hand I can get £5:00 straw hats at the grokelly shops.

Best,

Judith
by jfdiow
Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: We are sexy, we are the 18th century!
Replies: 78
Views: 12687

at only £6.00 they can probably be made into ladies hats as well- cut the crown down to a decent height and make it a little smaller in diameter (damp straw, stitching and lots of rabbit glue!) Stiffen the brim by dampening and then ironing cover the glue joins at the base of the crown with a trimmi...
by jfdiow
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Sheep skin targes?
Replies: 12
Views: 2106

targes & sheepskin

Hi, As a spinner not a warrior:-) Sheep were valuable primarily for the wool, even a dead sheep if fresh might be shorn for the wool before being skinned, my gut feeling is that available sheepskins were unlikely to be very woolly. The other thing is that sheep in the Highlands during the early 18th...
by jfdiow
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:15 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Sheep skin targes?
Replies: 12
Views: 2106

targes & sheepskin

Hi, As a spinner not a warrior:-) Sheep were valuable primarily for the wool, even a dead sheep if fresh might be shorn for the wool before being skinned, my gut feeling is that available sheepskins were unlikely to be very woolly. The other thing is that sheep in the Highlands during the early 18th...
by jfdiow
Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:13 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 'morning Steve, an interesting little thread
Replies: 8
Views: 1764

[quote="steve stanley"]Smiling Fox bloody excellent! Steve(No,not that one...THAT one...)[/quote] I concur- except for women's shifts- neckhugging with self ruffle and sleeves that cover the wrist- for comparision see the Silly Sisters site- excellent (and therefore expensive) women's clot...
by jfdiow
Mon Apr 16, 2007 4:47 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Women's riding boots? (1730 - 1760)
Replies: 8
Views: 2853

Riding Boots

Hi, I know Jane has done a lot of research into riding dress- but is a little pre-occupied at present! I think the concensus is: Shoes mostly, the advantage of showing a dainty foot out weighing the advantage of a sturdy boot, (side-saddle being the norm) Wearing shoes with a riding habit when not a...
by jfdiow
Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:06 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18thC activities
Replies: 13
Views: 2476

Hi, Writing with a quill pen (including preparing paper) always goes down well with children and adults. Preparing ink from scratch even involves some chemistry! (not textiles I know!) Irish stitch (flame stitch, Florentine Stitch, Bargello embroidery) was a very popular way of covering canvas- for ...
by jfdiow
Tue Feb 27, 2007 10:50 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Jacobite gold
Replies: 12
Views: 1892

naw, just build a new Island!

best,
Judith
by jfdiow
Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:12 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: new book-Nov 06
Replies: 0
Views: 775

new book-Nov 06

Hi, I've just read a review of ' City of Laughter: sex and satire in 18th century London' by Vic Gatrell ISBN 1843543214 (in the Independent) and it looks like a potential Christmas present:-) This is a study of the thousands of satirical prints published in the long 18th century, and looks to give ...
by jfdiow
Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: 18th century travel [Glastonbury to Tiverton 1790]
Replies: 1
Views: 983

18th century travel [Glastonbury to Tiverton 1790]

Greetings all, One of my American friends has posited a situation involving a coach journey from Glastonbury to Tiverton in October 1790. Well sprung coach, well-heeled travellers, I have put forward the probability that she would travel by narrow country roads (probably wet and muddy) from Glastonb...
by jfdiow
Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Early C18th dress in the Western Isles
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

Is not the common 18th century man's shirt almost this long? The report said shirt reaching almost to the knees with an undershirt almost as long Is was my understanding that a common man's shirt (both sides of the border and elsewhere) was long enough to be tucked up if neccessary (to warm and prot...
by jfdiow
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:08 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Early C18th dress in the Western Isles
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

The victim was murdered- is it not possible that he was also stripped of that bit of clothing which might be useful and not neccessarilly traceable- i.e. a large bit of good cloth commonly referred to as a plaid? especially as other bog bodies found have been wearing trews or breeches. But it might ...
by jfdiow
Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:07 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Early C18th dress in the Western Isles
Replies: 16
Views: 2730

The victim was murdered- is it not possible that he was also stripped of that bit of clothing which might be useful and not neccessarilly traceable- i.e. a large bit of good cloth commonly referred to as a plaid? especially as other bog bodies found have been wearing trews or breeches. But it might ...
by jfdiow
Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: What is civilian re-enactment?
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Hi, A subject close to my heart.... Civilians be civilians like soldiers be soldiers. The problem is that they were many, many more different kinds of civilians than soldiers- as a soldier- a re-enactor may only have to make the choice- Which side, & What unit? and then possibly the choice- what...
by jfdiow
Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:23 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Check this out.
Replies: 1
Views: 1039

check this out

Hi, Lovely site, beautiful silks and cottons my caveat: Most of the silks are taken from later (than 1745) men's clothing and upholstery fabrics mostly 1770's some 1760's and a few that are possibly 1740's but perhaps I'm being too picky:-) Some of the colourways have been changed to suit modern sen...
by jfdiow
Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:52 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: do we expect too much?
Replies: 2
Views: 917

PS. Not a Lace Wars event

Judith
by jfdiow
Thu Aug 03, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: do we expect too much?
Replies: 2
Views: 917

do we expect too much?

Returning to our original premise- I had a shock at the weekend- absolutely disastrous kit on someone who didn't want to change, couldn't see what was wrong and when offered a change of kit and additional kit(by someone in her own unit) just took her own (printed cotton shower type) cap off. She sai...
by jfdiow
Sat Jun 17, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Do we expect to much?
Replies: 43
Views: 6642

do we ask too much?

Lest anyone think that I advocate the habitual wearing of cardboard stays-in essence I am agreeing with Jenn (and Mary!) I would expect a newbie to be as correctly and completely dressed as possible first time out-good guidance from the group beforehand helps in the expectation of what they should b...
by jfdiow
Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:25 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Do we expect to much?
Replies: 43
Views: 6642

Do we expect too much?

I hope I take this in the way you meant it. Fudging stays with cardboard, i.e. making up the pattern in corrugated card, works really well as a one off- helps someone get used to the idea of 18th century undepinnings, gives the right silhouette under a borrowed jacket and over a borrowed shift and a...
by jfdiow
Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:45 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Do we expect to much?
Replies: 43
Views: 6642

do we expect too much?

I'm with Mark and Tod, It's always a balance between how we would like everyone to look/behave/talk/act and the differences in experience, knowledge, wealth and opportunities to develop what we do/wear/have. With the distaff side things are a little easier in clothing, much of our clothing is relati...
by jfdiow
Wed May 17, 2006 4:47 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Skeleton in Stanhope Jacobite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

Stanhope body

I have no ideas, I think the poor guy is destined to lie in an un-named grave. It would have been good to see the original police report and the coroners report to see if any details could be gleaned which may match with more recent research but I think it's too late for that. I had originally thoug...
by jfdiow
Tue May 16, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Skeleton in Stanhope Jacobite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

stanhope body

Hi, Tod, You should get the photocopy in the post tomorrow (I bought the book from Amazon) Basic details: Body-*in coffin*- found on moors in 1921, wearing fullskirted coat, with sleeveless? waistcoat( described as 'vest'), no shirt or lower body garments, (trews, plaid, breeches etc.) leather boots...
by jfdiow
Tue May 16, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Skeleton in Stanhope Jacobite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

stanhope body

Hi, Tod, You should get the photocopy in the post tomorrow (I bought the book from Amazon) Basic details: Body-*in coffin*- found on moors in 1921, wearing fullskirted coat, with sleeveless? waistcoat( described as 'vest'), no shirt or lower body garments, (trews, plaid, breeches etc.) leather boots...
by jfdiow
Fri May 12, 2006 8:47 am
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Skeleton in Stanhope Jacobite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

stanhope body/off topic chat

OK, will do, Yes, we were well fed by the RaT girls for nuncheon (although we did have a rather strange cheese which we think must have been the French influence:-) They (and we) also enjoyed the fresh churned butter on the Sunday (Danegeld, probably-it seemed to work though:-) Thanks again for a go...
by jfdiow
Thu May 11, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Skeleton in Stanhope Jacobite?
Replies: 7
Views: 2294

Stanhope Body

Hi, Tod, I got in touch with the curator at Durham Museum and he, very graciously, sent me this reply. Further details about the possible Jacobite body from Stanhop can be found > in Nancy Ridley's book 'A Northumbrian at Large' (1975) R.Hale, London. > Unfortunately, we don't have a copy of this bo...
by jfdiow
Thu May 04, 2006 5:22 pm
Forum: 1715-1810
Topic: Colours and coats of arms
Replies: 56
Views: 9948

Royal coat of Arms-Scotland

It's not difficult to find the evidence: m (my **s) Separate Scottish and English quarterings of the Royal Arms originate from the Union of the Crown in 1603. The Scottish version of the Royal Coat of Arms shows the lion of Scotland in the first and fourth quarters, with that of England being in the...