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by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Shoes & how to make them
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Thanks for the offer Pearl, but I'll try it out with some of the leather I've got at home before putting you to that trouble. I had chat with Tod at the weekend (thanks Tod) and he has proposed that the whipcorde is a reference to the quality of thread used (number of strands per thread). While this...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:03 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Jack / Doublet
Replies: 13
Views: 1474

My armourer recomended PAC. In the end, I've gone on to make an Arming Doublet myself and it has been no small task. Don't fall into the trap of thinking that a Padded Jack and an Arming Doublet are the same thing, they aren't! If you're wearing well fitted plate harness over your padding, you'll wa...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:41 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Shoes & how to make them
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Be warned though the original material used was bought from a a batch of NOS that we used to sell to sadlers..as whip ends, quite old, the leather , very good quality, had been boiled in a very heavy wax. I have investigated reproducing this at work using high quality bridle leather and it takes da...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 09, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Shoes & how to make them
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Colin if you are coming to the NLHF come and find me (Foxblade Trading, look for the bloke in the 18th century kit), I might be able to help. I think I'm the only shoemaker posting on here, but people to ask if you can contact them are Ana of Ana's shoes, I don't know her but she is a friend of a f...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:49 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Re-enactment groups in Warwick Uni Area
Replies: 14
Views: 2608

You may be interested to know that there was a Warwick Household run out of Warwick University in the early 1990's. Many of it members still re-enact as part of two Wars of the Roses Federation groups. Stafford Household and Coventry's Company. I don't think you can get more local than the latter a...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Shoes & how to make them
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Re: Arming Shoes & how to make them

My friend Genevieve has a few articles on her website about an earlier style of whipcording , but I'm not sure it's the same thing as what you're looking for. Maybe the Medieval Shoemaking mailing list or the Medieval Leather mailing list would be able to help you. That's interesting, thank you Kar...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 15th c Burgundian gown - belt options
Replies: 26
Views: 4142

Re: 15C belts

they are based on surviving belt fragments at the Museum of London,. and can be painted in your choice of colours (medieval pigments tempered with size, or modern acrylics). Are wide leather belts authentic for women's costume in the late 15th C? My wife was all geared up for me to make here one an...
by Colin Middleton
Fri Sep 29, 2006 12:34 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Arming Shoes & how to make them
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Arming Shoes & how to make them

I posted this in the 100-1500 forum, but didn't get much reply. I'm hoping that there might be some shoe-makers round here who may offer an oppinion: I'm back on my quest again to reproduce the armour of a late 15th C English knight, based on the famour text (extract below). I'm now looking closely ...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:43 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Resource: Authentic and cheap methods and recipes
Replies: 77
Views: 35547

Does the red dye smudge easily or does it 'stick' well?
by Colin Middleton
Wed Sep 13, 2006 12:36 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather armour in the middle ages.
Replies: 30
Views: 3982

For WotR, pretty much as Marcus said, get a jack.

Leather is found securing armour, re-inforcing fabric and occasionally re-enforcing jacks (30 layers of linnen and a buckskin, or hardened plates in a linnen jack, etc).

Avoid it, go for a jack.
by Colin Middleton
Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:52 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Leather armour in the middle ages.
Replies: 30
Views: 3982

My understanding on leather armour is that it was found in the later 13th C and early 14th C and usually represented a fore runner to steel platesd in a given area as it is easier to shape than steel. However it is still difficult to harden properly and does not give as good protection (and may shat...
by Colin Middleton
Thu Jun 15, 2006 12:33 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fact or Fiction : Richard III - Accurate or Complete Hash
Replies: 23
Views: 3244

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 Bosworth if they were still alive, seeing as she was queen by then 4. Richard would have been stupid to leave rival puppets ali...
by Colin Middleton
Tue Jun 13, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fact or Fiction : Richard III - Accurate or Complete Hash
Replies: 23
Views: 3244

Well what did you expect, throwing down a gauntlet like that? :lol: Seriously though, Richard was not a good king. If he had been, Bosworth would have written iteself very differently. On the other hand, he was not a bad king either. He spent most of his 2 year reign trying to put an end to the conf...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:43 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Fact or Fiction : Richard III - Accurate or Complete Hash
Replies: 23
Views: 3244

List ten good things that Richard the 3rd did for england, ok make it five. My starter for 1... He prevented a repeat of the Henry IV fiasco by stopping the Woodvills running Edward V as a puppet king. To that I'll add... He founded the collage of arms. He provided good and fair lordship to the peo...
by Colin Middleton
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:22 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Resource: Authentic and cheap methods and recipes
Replies: 77
Views: 35547

The vinager is required if you wish to used this on cloth, but not necessary for leather as the tanic acid in the leather provides the acid. You'll also find that your steel tools leave a dark grey mark on wet leather too. Be careful using this iron-black on cloth as it causes the fibers to rot, or ...
by Colin Middleton
Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:34 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Team / House Liverys for Recognition
Replies: 149
Views: 58822

I don't have a picture handy, but the Howards livery is a white lion rampant facing dexter on a red field. There is a blue mullet on the lion (without that you're a Mowbry). As far as I know, this livery is used by the Howards Household (AKA Knights In Battle) from Sheffield (to which I belong) as w...

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