1471 all over again!

Apologies for my absence, I came back from Tewkesbury and had so many lovely pictures to show you and then changed internet service and it all went badly wrong so I have had no internet for a while.

Thankfully after much frustration with customer service phonelines, (no I cannot go to your web help pages to sort this out as I have no internet! No I cannot take a picture of the hub as I have no smartphone!), a lovely man came and fixed the problem this morning so I am back.

It was a brilliant Battle of Tewkesbury once again, very hot both days so we were melting but luckily everything went ahead and everyone had a fantastic time.Here are friends Richard and Dave off to battle.

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Here are me in the blue dress, Ellie in dark and light pink and Kerry just behind me in green marching onto the battle on Sunday.
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Here is the prince escorting his mother, Margaret of Anjou onto the battlefield, the picture below is of her and the ladies of her court.

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And here is Lord Somerset, one the main Lancastrain leaders and his contingent.

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This is king marching onto the battlefield, our friend Dave’s banner is part of the party – the white with black stripe and diamonds, don’t they look magnificent all together!

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Here is my friend Mike who I interviewed about guns at Tatton in action on the battlefield.

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The ladies’ costumes were once again stunning and thanks to the miracles of the internet, (i.e. other people’s Facebook posts), I have some lovely images for you.Here are the ladies of the court marching to the beheading.

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And here is the King and his entourage at the trial expressing disbelief at the rebel’s excuses.

This is my wonderfully talented friend Kat with the most gorgeous new head dress.She was kind enough to let me interview her for my research as well.

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Thank you so much to all of the people that take pictures of us in kit and share them, it is brilliant to have a record of events when we can’t have cameras with us.I don’t know everyone who took these as some were re-shared but thanks to Celtic Hammer for some of these.

My steam punk outfit for Saturday night worked well. I don’t have any really good pictures of it as by the time we had been to the beheading and to the beautiful Compline service at the church and got changed it was very dark. I will get some better pictures in daylight in August.

I did take some pictures of my own as I was out of kit on Sunday morning doing some more of my doctoral research so these are from various living history camps.

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I was talking to and videoing lots of people just doing what they do at re-enactment, talking to the public, playing games, cooking, mending their kit.

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It was really lovely to just wander, re-enactors are a great bunch of people, so enthusiastic and I am loving doing the research with them.

I have another quiet weekend ahead so will be continuing with making bags and pouches for Sarah’s Yarndale stall as well as a present for one of my younger relatives. I have recently discovered Vikings and am enjoying binge watching that while stitching. Not as much pretty costume in that but some of it is very lovely, especially now we have got to the French court and I am really enjoying the series, particularly the women’s roles. Lagertha is my new hero, very impressed with her.

I found this lovely image of her on the web and this funny so thought I would leave you with these.

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Lagertha - quoteTake care and thanks for visiting.

 

 

Thank goodness for trees!

We British are never happy with the weather are we? After complaining all week about it raining and hoping for a dry weekend we then spent all of the Tatton event saying it was too hot.It did get up to about 30 degrees so there was a big difference between that and the grey wet weather earlier.

Thankfully we were camped near some very shady trees so spent a lot of the weekend in this beautiful spot, sitting catching up with friends before roasting on the battlefield.

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I managed to do some interviews for my doctorate, among them the man who plays King Edward at Tewkesbury, Mike who is a gunner and a new member of a friend’s group, Sian, who was skinning and tanning rabbits.

This is beautiful tent belonging to Dave the king, the paintings on the hangings are done by his wife.He has very impressive fluted armour which looks wonderful on the battlefield.

Tatton - Kings Tent

Here is Mike with his flintlock, he is normally a hand-gunner in the battles and also has taken part in displays with larger guns as part of the gun crew.

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Sian was skinning and cooking with the rabbits on Saturday and on Sunday the heat had meant that she was able to start the process of de-fleshing the skins to use the hide, normally that would take 3 days.

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This is one of the larger skins from a previous tanning, it is so beautifully soft.

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In this photo you can see the difference between the skins still with the flesh on them in the left of the picture and the finished skin. It was fascinating to watch her doing the whole process.

I know that I normally include some lovely costume pictures for you but it was so hot we were all dressed down for most of the time, here is our friend Dave in a fetching combination of medieval undergarments, sunnies, straw hat and trainers back at camp.

Tatton - Dave in soft kit

We had a lovely weekend and are really looking forward to next weekend when we are going camping in North Wales, just a little holiday for Ellie and I visiting some Trust properties though friends are at an event at Conwy Castle so may pop in and see them there.

Hope you have a great week ahead and thanks for visiting.

Come rain, come shine!

Well of course it was like most Ashby events, somewhat wet in parts. We did at least have glorious sunshine on the Sunday, it was very hot in the afternoon for the tournament and then we had a lovely evening and it started raining after we went to bed and never really stopped.

So we were not able to do much on Monday except a few demos like our head dress talk. Here are Ellie and I sewing coifs for the poor. At least we got some lovely pictures from Sunday.

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Here is what I think must be my favourite one of all time, Luke was doing his armour talk while getting dressed for the tournament and he had just put on his great helm and was telling the crowd that he could still see in front of him but not what was happening behind him so I took that opportunity to do a little happy dance for the crowd 😉

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He knew nothing about it until this appeared on our Facebook page later in the day. Thanks to Adam Kucharczyk for these brilliant pictures.

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I love this one of Ellie in her new crown with the King.

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And here are all of the group at the end of the tournament, we have new fighters this year so it was great to see so many people in the arena.

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The boys had new kit as well, of course. They have been making some beautiful things. Here is Mark in his new coat and chaperon hood.

Luke’s partner Wendy had made him a new chaperon as well and he had a new hat, a bycocket courtesy of the mega -talented Kat of Kat’s Hats.

I didn’t get a picture of the stunning goldwork on the front however Kat had posted this one on her page, she is such a brilliant embroider.

Ashby - Detail of goldwork

The boys looked amazing in their armour as usual, Luke has new leg armour to match his colours.

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Symon has been doing leather work and has made this wonderful coat of plates and belt, it is all hand tooled, he had to cut out all of the leather from the leaf pattern by hand, just beautiful!

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I am very proud of the group and look forward to lots of lovely events with them this year.

Hope that you like the pictures, there is also some video of the fights on our Facebook page as well if you are interested.

Will be back next week with an update on an embroidery finish, until then have a good weekend and thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

 

The sun shines on the righteous

Hello, am just back from mainly sunny Spain where I had a fab time at a couple of fiestas so once I have sorted out the pictures will post them.

Meanwhile my lovely friends from Swords of Mercia were battling the evil dragon at their St George’s Day show at Bolsover Castle so I thought that I would show you some pictures of that including the new surcoat that I made in action.

We always have a couple of dragons, a cute comedy one for the kids and a big scary one as well as the Dragon Knight who captures the Princess, played by Ellie and brave St George comes along and fights them all and rescues her.

First this lovely picture of some of the group in the morning sun, from the left Trevor who plays the cute dragon, Sadie, Ellie, Kerry, (in her gorgeous new dress!) and Jamie who plays the scary dragon.

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Here is the cute dragon, the kids love him and think that is an easy one for St George to battle until they see the scary one, look at those wings! And there is the evil Dragon Knight controlling his beast.

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St George is very brave though, and he has a beautiful new surcoat 😉 to protect him so he manages to battle the dragon and save the Princess.

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These great photos are courtesy of Kate, I love the one of the sun glinting off St George’s armour, brilliant shot!

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The evil dragon is slain and St George is victorious!

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our next show at the end of May at the beautiful Ashby Castle, can’t wait for re-enactment to start again, camping, sitting round the fire, barbecues and brilliant fun with my friends 🙂

Meanwhile there is the joy of crafting, not sure what I will make this afternoon but going to have a little play. Came back from Spain with more lovely ribbons, sadly the vintage fabric stall was not at the market but there may be a few pouches to be made!

Take care and I will be back soon, have a lovely Bank Holiday for those of you in the UK and thanks for visiting.

Fit for a saint

Here is the surcoat for Saint George. I decided to make it open sided, more of a tabard as it may well be worn by lots of people within our group over its lifetime and that way it will be a ,’one size fits all’, piece of kit.

St George's tabard 1

I designed the garment myself, a very simple and quick make as I only had one afternoon to do it.Basically it is two and a half metres of fabric folded in half lengthways with a little trimmed off the one edge.This meant I only had one side seam to sew. The width of it is 25″ before sewing it up.

I had planned to then use the length folded in half width ways to make front and back. The length of the tabard from shoulder to knee is 46″. I appliqued the cross onto the front before sewing up the side seam. The cross pattern I cut out from paper with a 2″ width for each end, tapering in to the middle. The fabric was cut as one piece then machine appliqued onto the background with zigzag stitch.

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I cut a hole in the middle for the head, this measures 12″ and I just drew round a plate and elongated it from the centre of the tabard. I bound the neck with a bias binding, using the quilt binding method of cutting a 2 and a half inch strip on the bias then machining it to the outside of the neck, folding it over to the inside then folding over the raw edge and slip stitching it to the inside.

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I am very pleased with how it has turned out and hopefully will have some pictures of it in action for you in a few weeks. I am not going to be at the event as I am in Spain but fingers crossed there will be a few on Facebook!

I have also managed to make a very cute pouch in between marking this week so will share that with you soon I am away this coming weekend at Ellie’s so will be back with you next weekend.

Thanks for visiting and have a lovely weekend and week ahead.

A little light entertainment

Hello everyone ,hope you are all having a good time. I have had a very excellent weekend, have finally put up the Christmas decorations, been out to see a friend’s very good band play and spent all of Sunday binge watching a new and very exciting series on Netflix while finishing my Suffolk Puff wreath.

I came across this series by accident just from a mention in the newspaper we get free on the bus and am so glad I did as it has been very good. It is called Medici-Masters of Florence and is full of the most gorgeous period costume and lots of very tense drama.

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I do love a man in period costume, they just look so wonderful and the women’s costume was amazingly beautiful. Sadly could not find many pictures so you will just have to watch it yourselves.

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Watching it has been made all the more special by the fact that Mum and I visited Florence a couple of years ago so have seen lots of the paintings, buildings and art of the time. It brought back very happy memories and the way that Florence is portrayed in the series is very good, such beautiful scenery.

All this lovely entertainment made light work of finishing the wreath, which I am very pleased with.I bought the metal ring frame from Harrogate and covered it in red felt and ribbon before sewing the puffs to it. I have used up nearly all of my ribbon roses doing this so will have to order some more.

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I am now making more puffs in an attempt to make a Suffolk Puff Christmas tree, I do still have a couple more ornaments to make at the weekend but this is nice evening in front of the telly creating.

Hope you have a lovely week ahead, this is the last week of term for me so am looking forward to Friday after which I will not have to get up quite so early, not a fan of going out and coming home in the dark!

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Stopping the crowds

Hello everyone. I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend. I am as it is sunny and we have blue skies here and I did my first day of teaching with one of my new groups yesterday. I have changed job roles this year and just moved office so am feeling very much like it is first days back at school! I have been busy making baskets for Sarah as well.

At our recent event in Lincoln during the Steam Punk Festival we once again went out to promote our show and in the evening for a photo shoot at the cathedral so I thought that I would share the pictures with you.Thanks to Kate and Wendy, our fab Swords of Mercia support crew, for these. I think we look brilliant!

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We were once again very popular, especially the girls who spent ages being photographed. There are lots of photography groups who come and visit for the weekend and Ellie and Kerry, as well the knights spent ages posing for them and I even got asked as well!

I love these pictures of Ellie inside the cathedral.

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There were also some brilliant ones of our knights, especially the ones of them kneeling in parts of the cathedral.

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This is a superb shot of Jamie in his newest armour.

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We also had some great ones taken back at the Bishop’s Palace, look at this lovely pair of medieval gentlemen.

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Luke has new armour, what a surprise,  and here he is with Shane in his latest livery.

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Here is Paul with Clive, Shane and Jamie outside the cathedral.

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I really do think our group looks splendid, am very proud of everyone for all of the effort that they make with their kit. That was our last show as a group for this year, Ellie, Kerry and I will be at Caldicot Castle in South Wales for our last show of the season this coming weekend and then it is going to be a lovely Autumn of sitting stitching and thinking about Christmas crafting 😉

I hope that you are all having a nice start to Autumn, it is one of my favourite times of the year, am looking forward to some blackberry picking soon and lots of cooking nice stews. Will be back next week with a final round up of baskets that I have made!

Thanks for visiting and take care.