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by fishwife
Wed Jan 24, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 10921

I thought I had posted another reply last night - but it doesn't seem to be here so I'll try again! John always work hardens the copper alloy when making the pins and needles they are not soft at all or brittle, they last and last! The 2 turn pin heads are coiled properly and fitted properly, not a ...
by fishwife
Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:14 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 10921

Ah, but John work hardens the brass wire properly and NEVER uses a solder - he fits the coils properly too, with the correct amount of turns, he has put a lot of work into making sure the job is done to the highest possible medieval standards. Maybe it's time you all started buying the real McCoy!!!...
by fishwife
Tue Jan 23, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: General History
Topic: Mary Rose Artifact Photos
Replies: 3
Views: 1575

If you would like to email me off list then I will arrange to let you have some photos we took of the linstocks whilst in the back rooms of the Mary Rose
They are gorgeous!!!!!! I wanted one as a pet!
Deb
by fishwife
Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Improving my LH sewing kit
Replies: 60
Views: 10921

Tuppence, what is wrong with brass needles? They are very authentic and are lovely to use if properly made. John makes (and though I say it myself), does a fantastic demonstration of pin and needle making, and the resulting pins and needles are extremely accurate and tough! They are copied form the ...
by fishwife
Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Mordants
Replies: 23
Views: 2611

thanks Gregory for the kind words!!!!! Where to start - the preparation of the fibres is the most crucial part of dyeing, if you don't get that bit right the dyes haven't a cat in hell's chance of working. If you want some help then email me off list and I'll try my best to guide you through the pro...
by fishwife
Tue Oct 10, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Very Fine Linen Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 4416

Hi Sophia,
I'll be at TORM as usual - in the cricket hall. I have braved dyeing the 60/2 in a few colours, haven't tried the 120/2 yet - it's scarily fine!!! The dyeing isn't the problem, it's the reballing afterwards, takes forever!!!!

Hope to see you at the end of the month,
Best wishes,
Deb
by fishwife
Mon Oct 09, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Very Fine Linen Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 4416

Sophia,
We also do 60/2 and 120/2 threads as well! I've lost your pm so can you contact me and I'll get back to you?
Best wishes,
Debbie
by fishwife
Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:21 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Help me price this please!
Replies: 42
Views: 8177

nothing to do with the poll - but about the event in question! In the Sept edition of the Journal for weavers spinners and dyers there is a review of the event which includes the following "What an interesting show it turned out to be..................There were ladies who bred sheep and knitted and...
by fishwife
Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cloth question for cloth geeks/geekettes
Replies: 30
Views: 4503

the article you want to read is in Textile History vol 30 number 2 Autumn 1999 "Some aspects of the linen trade c. 1130s to 1500, and the part played by the Mercers of London" Anne F Sutton The padded jack of the Black Prince at Canterbury Cathedral is stuffed with cotton from the Po valley in Italy...
by fishwife
Thu Aug 17, 2006 5:20 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: cloth question for cloth geeks/geekettes
Replies: 30
Views: 4503

Hi Jorge, I've done quite a bit of research into cotton - coming from Lancs and having a cotton mill gaffer for a grandfather I had to!!!! Fustian according to Ann Sutton (Mercers Guild historian) was ALWAYS cotton weft and either a linen or wool warp. Textile History - can't remember at the moment ...
by fishwife
Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:33 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Natural dying
Replies: 21
Views: 3450

Sally, I'm intrigued - what is the salt doing? You've added an aluminium salt presumably as a mordant so is the salt helping the mordant or doing something else? I would have reservations as to what difference the weld would make to a chemical dye, but would love to see the results, as you can imagi...
by fishwife
Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:38 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye kits, a question
Replies: 17
Views: 4939

Nigel, Sally, and Debs, many thanks for the kind words ..........hope you get to say hello over the weekend (little brown envelopes will be waiting!!!!!!!) Uncle Bulgaria you been looking for Ecureuil's again? The game for this winter has been handpainting the linens with natural dyes do come and se...
by fishwife
Tue Oct 25, 2005 9:09 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye kits, a question
Replies: 17
Views: 4939

HI Whiteworlf, I'll look forward to meeting you - not sure exactly where I'll be, but in the main hall (not the one with the cricket nets!) just look for the logo of the mulberry leaf and John or I should be somewhere nearby!(The other give- away is a load of squirrels that are taking over the stall...
by fishwife
Tue Oct 25, 2005 6:39 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Dye kits, a question
Replies: 17
Views: 4939

Hi, I hope you will excuse a trader from TORM putting a message up here, but I noticed this subject - which it's one close to my heart! I have been dyeing linens for several years and think they get a very bad press, I have no problem in dyeing them, if you would like to come and see me to discuss h...