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leg wraps for Saxon soliders

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 10:55 am
by patrick
Hi all, am having a little trouble in finding the correct way to fasten leg wraps for the 1066 period. Can any one advise me on how they were and if there is any images that would be great. cheers

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:17 am
by kael
windings are quite simple. start at the bottom with one end, wrap around the calf over lapping and fairly tight to keep them from falling down. Tie behind the knee.

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:37 pm
by sally
if your calves are shaped so the wraps don't overlap easily, putting a half twist in the strip of wrapping periodically can help give a better fit. It can also help to take the first wrap under your instep to help stop them riding up. Everyone is a differnt shape, so there are lots of ways of wrapping legbindings

Its possible to use small clasps at the top of the wraps, bit like the sleeve hooks from the same period, but most people don't need them.

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:42 pm
by Skevmeister
moved to costume for better exposure

Skev

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 9:00 am
by patrick
hi all, many thanks for your reply. So bascily there is no set design or width to put the wraps on. So what about material, what would they have been made from?

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 10:15 am
by WorkMonkey
Mine are made from course wool, make them long cus they have to go up to your knee, make sure they fit tightly, and that you have about 10cm spare to tuck under to make them hold. I find just tucking them under when they're this length is enough to keep them up.

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:29 pm
by Tuppence
Bias cut wool is the ideal, although linen works too.

And I'd suggest tying the ends,
either by leaving the start end out to be tied the the 'end' end (if you see what i mean),
or possibly by using the old bandage method of a split a certain way down the length of the wrap, on the 'end' end, then tying the two pieces tightly round the leg, over the top encirclement, to hold in place.

obv if doing the latter, finish the end of the split with re-inforcement patches or stitching, to stop it tearing.

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:29 pm
by Tuppence
Bias cut wool is the ideal, although linen works too.

And I'd suggest tying the ends,
either by leaving the start end out to be tied the the 'end' end (if you see what i mean),
or possibly by using the old bandage method of a split a certain way down the length of the wrap, on the 'end' end, then tying the two pieces tightly round the leg, over the top encirclement, to hold in place.

obv if doing the latter, finish the end of the split with re-inforcement patches or stitching, to stop it tearing.

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 8:07 pm
by Dingo8MyBaby
Besides tucking them in the higher ranks had a small hook on the top end so you could simpily secure it. Probably ideal for a theign or higher rank.

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:32 am
by davetmoneyer
Hi mine (Leg bindings) are 12 ft long 3inch wide and a 1inch wide 3 ft long end piece wool (inkle wove) with silver garter hooks ( Winchester style) I start them off just under the knee wrapping with a 1 inch overlap until I reach the ankle (This usually takes up the 12 ft wide strip) then pass the end over the bridge of the foot and under the iinstep and then back up the leg tin the opposite direction with the rest to hook onto the top of the wide strip just under the knee. This duplicates the illustrations of the Saxon High Ranks and is wvery secure.
Takes practice to get right though!