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A new project is done! (more…)

Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance – John M. Riddle

The Trotula – Monica Green

Women’s Secrets: A Translation of Pseudo-Albertus Magnus De Secretis Mulierum – Helen Rodnite Lemay

Alienated from the womb: Abortion in the early medieval West, c. 500-900 – Zubin Mistry (more…)

The story of this dress has been a long one. A couple of years ago, some hobby ladies (Hello Leah and Nina :-) ) saw this picture here and recognised as dog lovers that this scene perfectly illuminates how we feel for doggos. So we all had to have a pink dress like this one to recreate this scene. Even though pink isn’t really my colour. The fabric was bought but then lay around forever since I couldn’t bring up the motivation. I finally found the energy a couple of days before a late 14th century event I was invited to. (more…)

Today, I would like to talk to you about a special substance in medieval material substance, human hair. (more…)

Today I would like to show you a new piece from my collection on the topic of women in the middle ages. I recently worked on a display table on the topic of women for an event. I already had a lot of pieces from my prior work, but there is loads of more pieces to explore!

If you have contact with modern neopagan circles, you might get the feeling that christian people in the middle ages completely refuted magical applications, but the truth is way more complicated, because magic – as we understand it today -, medieval medicine, medieval science and christian belief can’t even clearly be separated. (more…)

…is a question asked all the time by beginners and more advanced reenactors who urgently need a new pair. You may of course be lucky and have a Karl in your group, as we have, who is open for our wishes. But not everybody is that lucky.

So to resolve this question with an easy link, I want to offer a (regularly updated) list of links for places to go to for your medieval shoes.


Usually on this blog, you are moving between the late 1340s and the early 1350s, but today, we are making a little trip to the very early 14th century.


A golden ribbon

07.09.2022 by Rotschopf in Clothing, Textile work

A project I started just for fun and training during the pandemic is finally finished.

I wanted to train my brocading skills a little more and had access to some very pretty fake gold thread which I really wanted to try out more. So I made this filet/headband in a pretty sky blue with a golden yellow border. (more…)

A silk belt

06.01.2022 by Rotschopf in Clothing, Reconstructions, Textile work

Hold on, you are not on the blog of my dear friend  and colleague  Niklas, der Girdler! No, this time, I will tell you about this belt myself, even if Nikolaus did have his fair share to do with this piece.

My impression of a wealthy crafters wife is slowly but surely being finalised. One large project that I had postponed for a long time and which I was working on for far too long, is finally finished. A belt suitable for this ensemble.


New garter ribbons

01.12.2021 by Rotschopf in Clothing, Textile work

I am incredibly unlucky with my garters. After loosing my first ones made from leather with buckles, now I lost my woven ones too and I needed new ones. They should be flexible, which wool provides and I chose a coarser wool that clings to the stockings. And they needed to be pretty broad in order to spread the pressure the right way. Other materials often bunch up and then cut into my legs. (more…)