Whether you’re having your medieval clothes made, or buying fabric to make them yourself, the first question new re-enactors ask is “What colour should my clothes be?” The correct, but unhelpful, answer is “It depends”. It depends on the precise period of history, the place, the socio-economic status, the profession etc of the person you’re portraying.
If you do a lot of cooking over a fire like Staple does, you need a way to get things off and on the fire without hurting yourself.
One way is to just use an apron or tea towel folded over itself a couple of times to pick up the item. This barrier is enough to move items a short distance, if done right and carefully.
We decided that we also wanted to make a fireglove.
Recreating the Bockstan Man’s shoes
Originally posted to the forum by Richard
So today (June 2012), after much talk, I finally made my first attempt at indigo dyeing! Huzzar! While I did manage to make some blue linen, the colour achieved was not up to the standard I was expecting, and I have a number of ideas as to what might have gone wrong. But I’ll get to those later.
Getting started with medieval research – the first places to look.