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A sleeveless surcoat from 1320-40

10.10.2019 by Rotschopf in Clothing

This year, at the medieval days in Bad Windsheim, the topic was early 14th century in our part of the open air museum. I urgently needed more layers against the cold in the unheated original medieval houses.

So I did some research into sleeveless surcoats that would fit the time around 1320-40 as a representative dress for Sundays and a rather more simple household (this discussion is really a tedious one, since the question as to what is considered “simple” or “wealthy” and how poor a crafter would be or how rich a nobleman, what is considered a “maid” or “citizen” is very difficult to answer, so I have become careful in using those words.).

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3 years. That is how long I brought this stupid project along with me on every holiday and every event, doing a few loops at a time, then loosing motivation again, throwing it into a corner and picking it up again some time later. Now it is finally finished with a bit more than 20 000 knots.

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The Strophium

29.08.2018 by Rotschopf in Clothing

Trigger-Alert: In this post I will talk about female breasts. Especially mine. You will have to look at them and I have no problem with it. I intend to be very frank and not avoid any topics. So be aware and please behave like an adult. (more…)

For years I have been wearing my natural coloured, practical wool dresses to do the dirty work on events, I wipe my dirty hands in them and do not have to take care of them a lot except when darning moth holes.

But someday, I said, I wanna be just as pretty as my colleagues and so I have been announcing that I will make myself a citizen’s wife dress very soon…. for years. My colleagues made fun of me whenever I would bring the topic up again. “Yeaaaah, sure, you and the citizen’s wife…” But it bugged me and after having some major hassle with the fabric orders I made for the dress, I could finally start.

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On one of our events at the Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe last weekend, I did a little lecture on hair care and hair dos as well as hair in general. I brought this to digital paper now to be able to link it in the future.

Please do follow also the links in the text to find further reading material, original sources and intersting tutorials.

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

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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.