Since I have a sheperd’s weapon now and a sheperd’s instrument, I thought, well then I can go full sheperdess! Although it is very likely, I will never be able to get to a sheep-herd any time soon, in case I do get the chance, I already have the equipment! Yay!
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I was fascinated by this “simple” technique. Although a woman would probably not have practiced slinging in medieval times, I really wanted to try it for myself, even if it may not be presentable in my all-day impression.
You can see slingshots in original pictures of shepherds or in use during the hunt ( here, a model with a stick attatched and here and here) and of course in pictures of David and Goliath (here and here and here and there and here). But also in military context. There are two types, one using only strings with a pocket attatched and one using an additional staff or stick which serves as an extension of the arm. The techniques for using them vary. You can find more on slinging pages on the web.
Here is my first reconstruction attempt. I used a pocket made of leather as can be seen in the Schleswig leather finds. The leather in the finds had been cut several times to allow bulging of the leather depending on the size of he stone. As strings I used linnen threads which I simply braided and tucked into a loop and a knot on the ends.
So, I’ll go find some nice pebbles in the Danube river and see if I am any talented 🙂
Edit: Thanks a lot to Singa Lu for sending me his collection of original sources showing slingshots!!
During vitalizations of open air museums, we often have the problem of missing tools for the every day tasks that are supposed to be the main occupation during vitalizations (as opposed to workshops, historical craft and shows). When showing every day life in historical houses, you need a lot of equipment that is often not provided by the museum itself.
Butterchurns are one of these every day life tools.
Another one of our full ensembles for women, working clothes for a simple woman (Dyer) around 1340-50 in Vienna.
I just wanted to give you a little glimpse on a technique which is fairly new to me and which I am about to try out for the first time, filet knitting or netting.
Unfortunately I could not find a lot of information about the technique in its medieval form online. I was very impressed by this tutorial here from Via Nostra (Thanks a lot!), which uses the techniques described by Therese de Dillmont and Katrin Kania.
I asked my husband to film me while netting.
We would like to show you here the full ensemble of a craftswoman/silk embroiderer/citizen around 1340-1350. The outfit is quite conservative for the time and would also fit into earlier decades of the 14th century, the amount of fabrics used and the fashionable checker pattern of the suckenie though are a sign of the financial wealth of this woman.
What you see here:
made from madder-dyed wool-twill, handsewn with copper-alloy-needles from the London findings with madder-coloured wool-yarn. After different original pictures from Austria and Germany. around 1340-50, pattern after the Herjolfsnes-findings, simple style with no buttons, the chest is adorned with a copper-alloy-brooch. (more…)
As I previously announced, I am about to extend my winter-equipment and what I wanted for a long time already was a pair of mittens, that keep my hands warm and dry.
We would like to show you a full every-day ensemble for the wife of a well earning craftsman or Viennese citizen around 1350-60.
What you see here:
brazilwood coloured wool-twill and woad-dyed silk, after different original pictures from Austria and Germany around 1350-60, pattern constructed freely referencing the Moy Bog garment, 22 buttons in the technique of the London findings, sewn with wool and silk thread and brass needle after findings from London. More about it here and auch here
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