Patching a Turnshoe Sole

When my turnshoes wore through, I wanted to patch them to extend the working life of the shoe and save quickly wearing another hole through my wool hose.

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Clothing and Accessory Guidelines for a Living History Event

A few years ago, we found ourselves in need of some basic do’s and don’ts for personal clothing and accessories for a living history event. I’m publishing them here in case they are of use to a broader audience, and to submit them for criticism.

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Upcoming Appearances

SCA Rowany Festival – 3 April, 2010
Company of the Staple will be supporting Nova Hollandia in an appearance at Rowany Festival for a skill at arms competition and joust.

Location: Glenworth Valley, Cooks Road, Peats Ridge, NSW
Cost: $30 per person
Note: This is a re-enactment event, so an attempt at pre C17th clothing is required.
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Ironfest St. George’s Day Joust – 24-26 April, 2010
Company of the Staple will be supporting Nova Hollandia in an appearance at the Ironfest St George Day Joust for a skill at arms competition and joust.
This year we have a special treat for you with Dr Tobias Capwell, Curater of Arms and Armour at the Wallace Collection in London and Author of many books, coming to Australia for the first time to compete in our prestigeous event.
Also competing this year is Arne Koets from Holland, Jeremy Oneail from the USA and all of our usual Australian competitors such as 3 times IJA World Jousting Champion Rod Walker, along with our experienced jousters Luke Binks, Justin Holland and Phillip Oliver. This year we also have a few new competitors wanting to make a name for themselves, they have been training hard and this will be their first Australian Tournament, so please welcome Andrew McKinnon, Fiona Hudson, Phillip Leitch and Sasha Buchmann when they enter the field.

Location: Lithgow Showground, Lithgow, NSW
Cost: $30 per person
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Winterfest – 3-4 July, 2010
Company of the Staple will be appearing at Winterfest 2010, bringing the fourteenth century to life in our encampment.

Location: Marsden Park, North Ryde, NSW
Cost: $30 per person
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Winterfest 2009

The Company of the Staple proudly attended the Winterfest medieval fair again this year. As with last year, it was held over the middle weekend of the winter school holidays (18-19 July) at Marsden Park, N Ryde.

We had our little fourteenth century camp set up, demonstrating the sorts of clothes and shoes 14th Century people wore, what they would have eaten, and demonstrating various trades such as leather-working, chape-making, finger-braiding, weaving, and spinning. Also on display was a range of arms and armour, from the militiaman’s akerton coat, pot helm and spear to the knight’s shining armour and deadly longsword.

The highlights of the weekend were the jousting displays and the Full Flight birds of prey. Both were amazing to watch and really added to the overall atmosphere of the event.

Once again people came to experience the fair in even greater numbers, and the entertainment put on by the re-enactment community just gets better and better. We’re already looking forward to next year!

From Winterfest 2009

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