History: busting common myths about the medieval period – Part 2

A few weeks ago, we talked about some of the most common myths about the medieval period. We’re back again to shoot down some more myths!

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History: Busting common myths about the medieval period

With the show season in full swing, we thought we would revisit some common myths that turn up time and time again. We hope this little myth-buster will help you counter some of the myths and misconceptions that the public may have (plus stop you from inadvertently spreading any of your own).

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Tutorial: How to mend clothes and other fabric

We’ve spoken before about how re-enactment kit is expensive but can have its lifespan considerably lengthened by correct maintenance. However, even with perfect care, clothes and other fabrics may eventually become torn. To be honest, this is part of the normal working life of a garment. This tutorial will teach you how do mend tears and wears when they happen.

Eeeek! A tear!

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Tutorial: How to hand-wash clothes

As we mentioned in our previous post about caring for your medieval clothes, hand-washing is the best way to clean your woolens without having to worry about shrinking or damage. But, how do you do it?

Hose: they just about always need washing!

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Tutorial: How to pre-wash fabric

So, you’ve been shopping. You’ve got yourself some nice fabric which you’re planning to have turned into your brand new medieval clothing.

Purchases! Including two lengths of fabric for medieval clothes.

However, before you can cut your fabric out and sew it together you first need to pre-wash it. This tutorial will show you how.

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Event report: Flax processing workshop

Last week, some members of the Garrison along with some members of the Company of Chivalry went to Flaxland in the Cotswolds for a day workshop about flax processing.

Watching a demonstration of flax spinning.

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Review: The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant, 2nd edition

So, I have Sarah Thursfield’s The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: making common garments 1200-1500 (1st edition) and my friend bought The Medieval Tailor’s Assistant: Common Garments 1100-1480 (2nd edition – revised and expanded). So, as I’m sure many of you are absolutely dying to know what’s in the new edition, we thought I should write a review and comparison.

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Tutorial: How to make perfect facings

Facings are something that can initially seem quite tricky to sew, particularly if you are a beginner. However, they can add a lot to your garment, both aesthetically and structurally. So, here’s a tutorial that’ll show you how to sew perfect facings every time.

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