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Via a Blogpost by Zeitensprung I was inspired to think about my bed-equipment and I thought, I might be in need of a hovedpole/bolster for my bed. And I finally finished the long planned project.

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You could already read on this blog that I made a  simple man’s ensemble for my husband.

Some time ago, I found this beautiful indigo-dyed wool twill online and since I am working towards a higher ranking Impression myself, I thought, I could do the same for him while I collect my own materials.

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Since it is the time of year when you find a lot of oranges, I thought, I would try this recipe that I found in the Menagier de Paris.

And I had gingerroot left over as well, so I took the chance to candy the ginger as well.

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Here I am collecting posts, that thematically fit the impression of a shepherdess. A work in progress.

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Whenever I was spinning in the last years, I just had the wool flocks held in my hand. It was practical enough when going by metro or train, where I would usually spin. But I have not been entirely content with that for some time and during my research for …well not really an impression but some accessories that fall into the theme of shepherds and outdoor equipment, I started thinking about having my own made.

During my visit at the museum Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig however, I got the right hint. (more…)

Caudle – another try

02.11.2017 by Rotschopf in Medieval cooking

You may remember my try in cooking this alcoholic beverage last year.

I always wanted to try another recipe though, this time using wine and almond milk.

“Take & make a gode mylke of Almaundys y-draw vppe with wyne of Red, whyte is beterre; if it schal be whyte, then strayne yolkys of Eyroun ther-to a fewe. Put ther-to Sugre & Salt, but Sugre y-now; then when it begynneth to boyle, sette it out, & almost flatte; serue it then forth, & euer kepe it as whyte as thou may, & at the dressoure droppe Alkenade ther-on, & serue forth; & if thou wylt haue hym chargeaunt, bynd hym vppe with fflour [of] Rys, other with whetyn floure, it is no fors. And if thou wolt, coloure hym with Safroun, & straw on pouder y-now, & Sugre y-now, & serue f[orth].”

(Two Fifteenth Century Cookery-Books, Harleian MS. 279 (um 1430)

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In this post, I want to give a little sequel to my guide through medieval Vienna and recommend some attractions in Vienna’s outskirts and surrounding cities.

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A leather bag

23.10.2017 by Rotschopf in Clothing, Equipment, Leather

Nowadays, I do not have as much luggage with me as I used to, when I was still visiting medieval markets as a non-participant. Lighter, Mobile phone, 2L of Mead, 300 EUR for overrated fast food, jewellery and nonsense, huge cloaks, flutes, beakers and provisions – that is what I used to pack.

Today, all I have with me when on an event, is a knife fitting into my leather purse.

But our camera, with which we document our events, needed a period solution to pack it, waterproof and away from visitor’s gazes. So I at last needed a small bag.

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On the occasion of the “Straw hat month April, I have tried my skills at another project, a straw hat in the technique of the Lengberg finds. I had started it last August at our event at Bachritterburg Kanzach. Since I experimented with the technique for  another impression of mine , I still had a lot of the material left.

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After finally being lucky and finding new hat-straw at a reasonable price online, I could work on my favorite craft again, making hats. I did work quite a bit at the Medieval days Bad Windsheim, which I was invited to by German friends of mine as the “Newbie” of the event crew. I made a rather classical modell, but with a little point at the top, I tried to make this model here.

There is really not much to say about the technique which I have not said in my article about my first hat.