On the mend.

As the title suggests, I've finally fixed a To Do item. Mending a hole on a fringed, woolen wrap which I used to love so much!

I'd actually only used it once before I accidentally drilled a hole in it leaving it in need of repair. I had many ideas about darning, cutting the wrap down or patches, but in the end I thought I'd patch it with a small red heart just for no other reason than it's pretty.

Now it can't be used for reenactment of any kind, but I can usexit at home and out if it's cold. Potentially, I should have sewn a second one so it looks like a deliberate design element, but I think I'm okay with just one.

And now, back to sewing an early 14th century blue-grey wool gowne. Or a nap. It could go either way at this point.

Website reloaded

Rosalie's Medieval Woman has a fresh look.
Rosalie's Medieval Woman has a fresh look.

I'm thrilled to have finally reloaded the entire of the Rosalie's Medieval Woman website with its shiny new font giving it a fresh look site wide. The Gilbert Collection is now linked live with some new pieces added (but more to add) and I can now cross it off my To Do List for this weekend!

I like the new updates header menu which has been streamlined to focus on the things that most people want to find easily- the Medieval Women website itself, the sewing tutorials for beginner sewers, the book things for the Very Secret Sex Lives of Medieval Women, and the Artifact collection.



Hab & Very Fab

My dear friend sister_michael has very kindly shared her linen samples she received from a shop which I'd never heard of before- Hab & Fab. I was particularly excited as their prices for 100% pure linen were excellent and they fact they were shipping reasonably locally meant big savings if the linen was any good.

The samples arrived and on the whole, they were lovely! The blue is a little lightweight for medieval clothes although the colour is just so gorgeous, but if the garment was fully lined, it wouldn't be too much of an issue. The other colours were different weights and finishes, but on the whole, very pleasing.

I had already ordered a heap of white linen to make the new Medieval Lady's Chamber display- in particular, the bath curtains and bath sheet- and was pretty pleased with it when it arrived. It's also perfect for chemises or veils. It's my new display for 2022 and part of my mission to combat popular misconceptions about medieval people and cleanliness. I'll be doing a new talk to go with it as well.

That's a big thumbs up from me!


Since I'm redoing links on the Rosalie's Medieval Woman website to incorporate the Gilbert Collection and my Author pages, why not do a pretty up with a new font site-wide?

So that's pretty much going to be my whole week when I get home from my day job.

Still, it gives me a chance to remove old pages, update new ones and double check directories as well. Friday night Eastern Standard Time is the ETA for the uploading, so the entire site will be down for about two hours.

The Gilbert Collection is moving!

the Gilbert Collection online
the Gilbert Collection online

I've been thinking about streamlining a number of areas in my life and one of the things I've long wanted to do was migrate the Gilbert Collection website over onto my own domain at where all my Rosalie's Medieval Woman and Author things are.

I have unlimited everything on the domain, and it would save me the registration of the domain name over at the Gilbert Collection.

It's not a big cost, since the hosting is free, but it's a saving never-the-less. I'm already paying for the domain name and hosting on my Medieval Woman site because I have a ton of pages there.

I have spent a bit of time this evening removing pages I don't need to have up any more so there's plenty of room for the entire Gilbert Collection to migrate, and using Dreamweaver makes it very easy to do so. I'd need to rename the files before I move them as I have existing files with the same names and the links would go berserk.

What has put me off, is that moving the files across from one website to the other isn't in itself hard or seriously time consuming, but I wanted to change the page names and the folders they link to before I moved them. I was a bit concerned that if I did that, all of the images site wide would need to be re-inserted into all of the pages individually, and that is a big job. I did one test page just now and I'm thrilled that as long as I change the file names in Dreamweaver, the migration then carried the file links across, even though the host folder is different.

I'll be doing that this week. I know it's not a necessary job, but the other site is active for another 6 weeks, so it gives me time to let people know to update their bookmarks if they need to.


Post Non-event Event

Elderberry and cherry tarts
Elderberry and cherry tarts

If there's a tradition to have a post-event barbeque, and the event doesn't go ahead, does the post-event barbeque?

Of course!

All through the year we've worked hard on our kit, clothes and displays, and if the event is cancelled a few days out, that leaves a lot of us with new things which we haven't even used yet!

The answer is to have the post-event event anyway and wear the clothes and share our friendship and fellowship.

Although it was a barbeque (think sausages and burgers) a few members also brought medieval dished to share. 

Chicken and gravy, stews, sweet berry pasteries and elderberry and cherry tarts.

While it was a chill night, the fire warmed us all.

I'm looking forward to the next one.


Sunday talking.

Medieval bedroom trials were in no way this civilised.
Medieval bedroom trials were in no way this civilised.

Sunday was a whole other day of fun with friends online and as we go to bed, so Europe and the States wake up. There have been a lot of delayed views of the talks I did on Sunday, and here's the round up.

You may have heard of the infamous Medieval Bedroom Trial Court Case. In unusual circumstances, a woman might divorce her husband for not performing in the bedroom as it was detrimental to her health. Lots of giggles and people enjoyed the witness statements by the people who were there at the time. Poor John, the husband, didn't stand a chance! Adult themes.

It really bothers me that people insist that corsets as we know them today are medieval and that small boys wore them too. Medieval Corsets. What were they really? I've done a little digging and I share some ideas and information.

I also did a session on Real Medieval Brooches. Look at some 14th century bling! I picked out some of my favourite pieces from my collection and talked about some of the interesting features of them. I wound up with my biggest mystery- a tiny double brooch with pins facing each other. What's it for? No one knows. If you know, please tell me.

Early in the day I did a Medieval Hairpiece Turorial. Need hair? I can help! A lot of ladies doing re-enactment of many different time periods don't naturally have the amount of hair required for some of the more exciting hair styles, so we went behind the scenes to see how I made mine.

All in all, another great day of getting my medieval on!


The sadness of the pink kirtle.

Pink wool gown of disaster
Pink wool gown of disaster

Some of you may remember a long time ago now, I had an absolute disaster with a pink, woolen, early 14th century gown which the colour ran out of and the ensuing trials and tribulations of trying to get it back to a sort-of even colour to make it wearable.

After all the washing with red things in washing machines- an approach I NEVER take with my medieval clothes, I remarked how the wool had felted and the gown had shrunk a touch. I expressed hope at the time that I might still fit into it, but didn't really think I would. 

Brand new. Worn one at home for photos. Hand stitched for hours. Colour still slightly patchy, but not so much I wouldn't wear it, but to sell, I couldn't ask a sensible price... so... today I tried it on.

I managed to wriggle my way unceremoniously into it but it was very tight around the bust and squished the girls into a weird-looking uni-boob which covered half of my chest. 

The rest of it fit like a dream. The train is now floor length, so that wasn't an issue, however the flat, uni-boob looked awful and the tension on the side seams made me think that it would tear after a few hours wear.

Obviously, the answer here is to add some little underarm gores into the seam to give the bust a little more breathing room, but since the fabric has been rewashed and redyed several times at this point, I have nothing to match it with.

If the train was still long, I could trim that and construct little gores from that, but the shrinkage has taken that option away. I'd say the whole garment has shrunk about two and a bit dress sizes. Good thing it was so generously cut in the first place.

All I can think of, is that if I lose the Covid weight I've gained- about a dress size if I'm being honest with myself- I will fit into it.



Saturday Talking.

Well, all things considered, like the limitations of doing things on a phone and with Facebook LIVE!, I think the day went well.

The talks went well for off the cuff and the wander around in the herb garden wasn't too damp. 

For those of you playing at home, here are the links from today's adventures:

Walk through my herb garden with me!
For people who are curious about my container garden of mostly medieval herbs!

Stitch along to my button-making tutorial! It's also on my website in pictures, for those who find videos a little bit too fast to follow and stitch simultaneously.

Look at some of my Buckle-and-plate artifacts while I tell you things about them! And there's more on my online collections website, the Gilbert Collection.

Ponder some of the strange things that go on in medieval court cases against women! No, really. Cases focus on some of the weirdest things. Bludgeoned to death with an axe? Who cares whether the perpetrator is guilty or not, what we need to know is what kind of axe it was. Clerk, make sure you write that down. It's strange.