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by Tuppence
Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:00 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

I felt my work was done :lol:
by Tuppence
Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:56 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

I explained it to him and he didn't get it, so I showed him, and he recoiled in horror :D
by Tuppence
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: My arms fell off
Replies: 9
Views: 2587

could be that the wire used for them wasn't strong enough for that particular job.

may make sense if they weren't made for that.

shame, though.
by Tuppence
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

oh and martin (to be seen on the stall at the markets and at tewkes) says I'm a freak because I sometimes have no finger prints on the tips of my fingers, especially the middle finger of my right hand, which I use for pushing needles :twisted:
by Tuppence
Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:47 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

that's a good point about the thread, that I completely forgot about. you have to match needles to the thread you're using as well as the fabric. the most obvious example is that firmer, rounder threads, like linen, cotton sewing threads, many modern fibre sewing threads, have to be sewn using a nee...
by Tuppence
Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

I think it is a technique thing with betweens. I was taught to sew by my grandmother who was a professional tailor, before she married in 1940, managing a large workshop. When sewing by hand she rarely used anything other than various sizes of between for seaming and was scarily fast (this coming f...
by Tuppence
Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:19 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

offhand, steel needles were a later thing than copper, and were more costly, but I forget where I read it - a book, definitely, but that's not much help :lol: iron needles are also about, and historically correct, but very hard to get nowadays. whatever material you go for, try to make sure that you...
by Tuppence
Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Sewing thread question -15th Century
Replies: 33
Views: 5919

when I use linen I use gutermann's, or thicker barbour's or stancraft stuff, depending on the job. or mulberry dyer's, though take their advice on it as not all is strong enough for sewing. I don't recommend using unravelled threads from fabric - many fabrics will have threads that aren't as heavily...
by Tuppence
Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: More seamy ditherings.
Replies: 18
Views: 3483

Plus, a lot of times, the lining will be chosen depending on the job that a garment has to do. Or if a fabric isn't 100% suitable for the job - eg, a soft wool may well be lined to give it more strength, etc, etc. It's not so different to modern sewing in that way. Lidi - I suspect what she means ab...
by Tuppence
Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: More seamy ditherings.
Replies: 18
Views: 3483

linen rots much quicker. also behaves differently to wool, so personally I'm not sure how many garments would have been lined at all. Linings weren't essential as a warmth thing, because of the layered nature of clothing, and they weren't essential to protect you skin from fabrics (or vice versa), a...
by Tuppence
Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: More seamy ditherings.
Replies: 18
Views: 3483

Simple tip - don't reply on paintings for info on seam construction. It does appear, but not often, and I'd say not often enough for it to give any real idea of commonality. Much better to look at archaeological finds and extant garments (there is the odd medieval piece out there if you can find it).
by Tuppence
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Diaper silk?
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

But silk noil is a slubbed / raw(ish) plain woven silk. Diaper silk has a diamond(ish) pattern (aka diaper pattern) woven into it. At least assuming you're using the historical term. Off hand no idea where to get it - used to, but not needed to keep track for a while - suspect a trawl of assorted su...
by Tuppence
Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9872

When I stitch mine on I use two needles so the stitching is locked as you go along. Even if one bit snaps in combat, the rest doesn't unravel and it's a simple job to tie another bit in and repair it.



Saddle stitch?
by Tuppence
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:31 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9872

In theory any ind of boiling would work, although I'm not a leather worker, fabric being much nicer :D Incidentally - good advice for dbob.culley would be something I just added to the 'advice for newbies' bit in f&g : "It is better to be patient and get a few good pieces of good, simple ki...
by Tuppence
Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9872

same principle as blind stiffening - downside is it makes it more brittle, and looks obviously modern. if you ever had to comfort one of your mates who was crying his eyes out because bits of bone were sticking through the bloody mess that was his right elbow, then you might think differently about ...
by Tuppence
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4714

But good fabric isn't a new thing.

There have been companies around for well over a decade that will weave to archaeological specs.
by Tuppence
Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: 410-1100
Topic: saxon style shield/axe?
Replies: 39
Views: 9872

what workmonkey said - don't buy ANYTHING until you've joined a group and preferably not then unless you have a member of the group with you. What Matt said about the two (cheap and good) being generally mutually exclusive - unless you're extremely lucky, cheap usually equals tat. Wearing modern bod...
by Tuppence
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4714

My knowledge of US re-enactment is limited to customers and the odd friend, (and lots of people I've 'met' on the net) but based on my own experience there doesn't seem to be any middle ground - it's either a bit pants, with a lot of wang, or absolutely excellent, and would put many people here to s...
by Tuppence
Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:59 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Costume at ILHF/TORM
Replies: 23
Views: 4714

If you're looking for an area that isn't catered for, then you're likely to be unlucky, because there really isn't one. It's a fatal mistake to assume that something isn't available because it isn't on display. If only because there are annoying types like me around who cover every date imaginable (...
by Tuppence
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Search engine optimisation for websites..ideas anyone ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1553

Also consider that the majority of people searching for something will not be searching for your business name. Some will, (and if they have your business name you should be coming at no 1 on the search anyway) most won't. Also consider the fact that a huge proportion of web users will look at the f...
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:27 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3792

95% of the American buttons and metalwork are all made in Pakistan or China. I'd contest that actually. About half of the palces I've found over the years make their own. And they mostly work out cheaper than the Indian crap, and for far better quality. And they beat the stuff available here either...
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3792

historical button generally for later periods tend to be soooo much better from US suppliers.

I suppose less reliance on the indian stuff.

Key over here is to go to the non-re-enactment button manufacturers, especially for military, but they're getting harder to find.
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:06 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3792

Nige reminded me tonight that I had a problem with the brass buttons from Sutlers Stores. The shanks are too small on some of the sizes - you can't get a normal needle through the shank because it hits the button - I had to use a beading needle (soft enough to bend). Wasn't on all of them, but on en...
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:03 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Outfitting a Tudor Tailor's Shop
Replies: 10
Views: 5361

Don't cut down fabric in terms of width. A cit edge looks very different to a selvedge. If you can find it, get hold of some short lengths of handwoven fabrics. Don't mix the buttons all together. Get separate containers. No chairs or stools (or minimal), and a table that will take your weight and a...
by Tuppence
Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:51 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 18th c tricorne, and brass buttons SOLVED
Replies: 21
Views: 3792

best quality ones I've found are from the states (townsends http://jas-townsend.com/).

Sutlers stores do them here, but the quality is so-so, and doesn't compare to the american ones.
by Tuppence
Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:05 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Pondering the idea of Period Tents once more
Replies: 30
Views: 7837

vic james
by Tuppence
Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:27 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16684

re-enactment politics? :lol:
by Tuppence
Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:36 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Livery Colours
Replies: 26
Views: 13179

dates? will see if he's mentioned in any of the books we have.



heraldic and livery colours


incidentally, meant colours in the heraldic sense, meaning designs, rather than actually colours.
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:20 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16684

And who (in case it worries you :wink: ), Nige has always spoken of with huge respect.

But then he did start re-enacting in the year dot practically (nige I mean).
by Tuppence
Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: General History
Topic: The History of Re-enactment
Replies: 63
Views: 16684

re-enactment :roll:

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