holiday-gifts-lnks – 11/11/04
A set of web links to information on medieval holiday gifts by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.
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Mark S. Harris AKA: THLord Stefan li Rous
Stefan at florilegium.org
From: aoife at scatoday.net
Subject: [Aoife-Links] Links: Medieval Holiday Gifts
Date: November 11, 2004 7:40:52 PM CST
To: aoife-links at scatoday.net
Greetings my faithful readers!
I seems like "That Time Of Year" is drawing nearer. You know the one. The
time when it's expected that you, the history fanatic, will have an edge
over the other folks who give gifts during the holidays. You can't give
ordinary bubble bath or hankies, of course not! You have imagination and
history on your side! It's the time of year where there are pre-holiday
parties and thus hostess gifts. The Holidays themselves abound with
gift-giving opportunities, and then there's the round of 12th night parties.
Only, if you're like me, you're on a holiday budget. And what that
translates to, giftwise, is a massive session of giftmaking.
It's often hard to find inspiration for the making of gifts, and this year
I'm hoping to help you out a little bit. Below you will find a source of
ideas for historically themed or inspired gifts, all handmade and for many
skill levels, suitable for SCAdians and perhaps others as well. If you are
even remotely handy with crafts (like most of us), this may the perfect time
to begin planning your list. Because if you don't start now, you could end
up at Wal-Mart at 11 PM December 24th, wondering what the heck to take to
your best friend's children and spouse the following day.....
Good Luck! I intend to try some of these myself. So to all those of you on
my gift list, don't be surprised if you find some of these things under the
Phiala's Stringpage: Small Leather TW Bag
(Site Excerpt--and congrats to Phiala for her upcoming induction to the
order of the Laurel :) Pouches were an essential feature of medieval
clothing; a survey of art of the Middle Ages from nearly anywhere in Europe
shows that both men and women wore one or more pouches attached to their
belt. I was inspired by a small drawstring leather pouch from London
described by Egan and Pritchard (1991).
SEE OTHER GIFT IDEAS: Tablet Weaving Projects at:
SEE OTHER GIFT IDEAS: Felt Balls Project at:
Lothene Experimental Archaeology
Medieval Leather Pouch
(Site Excerpt) The design shown opposite requires no sewing. The body of the
pouch should be cut with a diameter approximately three times the required
depth of the finished pouch. Leather thong or thick thread is passed through
the holes and the body portion is gathered up to form a bag shape.
Lady Sveva's Leather Bottle Patterns
(Site Excerpt--not the main page of this site caused my sustem to seize, so
DO NOT navigate to it! This page is fine, however) There are basically two
methods to shaping your bottle...the 2 pieces sandwiched together, or the 3
dimensional pieced together. This second method is more difficult, and I
would recommend not doing that as your first type unless you have good
sewing skills and patience.
Decorative Leather Techniques
As used in the Middle Ages, ca. 1000 - 1500 AD
Presented by Viscount Colin deBray, KSCA, OL, OP
(Site Excerpt) Stamping uses metal or wooden stamps, struck with a mallet,
to produce a repeated design on the leather surface. Stamped designs are
found on 11th to 16th century leather objects. A great many 14th and 15th
century objects were decorated by repeating a stamped pattern; see examples
I. Marc Carlson's 3 Fingered gloves pictures and pattern
(Site Excerpt) You may note that these gloves are found pretty much on
common peasants, and I suspect that they may just be a form of working
gloves that still allow a certain level of finger control. Several people
have since pointed out to me certain tasks, such as holding reins that these
would be very useful for.
A Simple Medieval Shoe
(Site Excerpt) Materials (per pair):
Sole: vegetable tanned leather, 2.5-3 mm thick.
Upper & heel stiffener: vegetable tanned leather, 2.5 mm thick.
Thread: raw linen or equivalent. Nylon is not recommended.
Thonging: 5-6mm leather lace, 45 cm length.
WRITING/CALLIGRAPHY/ILLUMINATION MATERIALS PROJECTS
15th century girdle book
for note taking and other uses
by Cynthia Virtue aka Baroness Cynthia du Pré Argent
(Site Excerpt) To wear it, the knot slips under your belt from below, until
the knot is over your belt, which keeps it from falling out. To use mine
for taking notes, I can either leave it in the belt, and just pick it up and
start writing (I write in it "upside down") or I can take it out of my belt
easily and write.
FOR OTHER GIFT IDEAS (about eleventy billion good ones) SEE ALSO: Articles
Book Binding for Beginners
Learn Hand Bookbinding Techniques
Order Bookbinding Supplies and Bookbinding Materials
Construct Your Own Hardcover Book To Preserve Personal Papers
(Site Excerpt) On this website, you will learn about the history of
bookbinding, the parts of a book, bookbinding terms, and hand bookbinding
techniques to construct your own hardcover book.
Making Handmade Paper
in 10 easy steps
(Site Excerpt) Below you will find a simple papermaking recipe to get you
started. If this is the first time you are making paper, don't be afraid to
experiment with different fibers, you don't have to stick with paper related
products. Add whole flower heads to the pulp mixture after it has been
through the blender. You can add scraps of yarn, tin foil, even seeds. Its
all comes down to what you want.
Recipes for old writing and drawing inks
Emeritus Professor of Art, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
(Site Excerpt) I have pulled from my files some old directions for making
ink. On this page I share them with students who would like to
experiment.Beware! These inks may be corrosive and harmful to expensive
writing and drawing equipment. There may also be toxic environmental effects
in mixing them. Before experimenting with these recipes, you must consider
the risks and accept responsibility for whatever happens.
Jean's Printmaking Home Page
(Site Excerpt--note that this site has a flash movie showing the delicate
carving motion on a woodcut) How to make a woodcut:Getting Started You
will need:1/2 inch thick piece of wood, about 8 in. by 10 in. preferably
pine or birch plywood. You can use linoleum, if you wish, but it is best to
buy the stuff specially made for art work, called battleship
linoleum.Woodcutting tools or linoleum cutting tools.... Safety Rule!...A
woodcutting knife is a tool, not a weapon. Use your woodcutting knives with
care and keep them sharp by sharpening them on a stone which you can buy in
any hardware store. Watch the position of the woodcutting knife relative to
how you are holding your hands. You don't want to cut towards your other
hand. That is why this woodcut lesson is not suggested for children under
the sixth grade.....
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES
Perky Snood Pattern
(Site Excerpt) I have a snood pattern I made for my daughter 2 years ago.
It is from a book I have written in the 1940"s. All of the patterns are
from that time but I kind of remember what the one that Scarlet wore in
"Gone with the Wind" looked like. I think this will work for you. Very
simple and my daughter that has hair to her waist could get all of her hair
in it. It is an open weave though. She had to use a pony tail holder and a
few bobby pins on her hair to keep it neat.
Early Medieval Clothes Patterns
(Site Excerpt) The patterns and descriptions given here are intended for
re-enactors rather than serious academic historians. Janet Arnold has
written an excellent series of books which are based on disections of actual
historical clothing from the 16th Century onwards and which give accurate
patterns. Most of the evidence for Early Medieval clothing is in the form of
fragments of garments and illustrations in manuscripts and other historical
records, so there has to be a certain amount of guesswork involved in
Dawn's Costume Site: Cloaks, Capes and Wraps
Links, and includes a section on how to add a hood to an existing cloak
The Auld Garbmonger's free sewing projects (Tudor Cap, Cavalier Hat)
(Site Excerpt) Herein you will find the two free hat projects mentioned on
the Sewing Projects page of "The Auld Garb Monger's Renaissance Garb for
Manly Men" website. Just follow the links below and you will find complete
instructions for making either of the hats listed.
Making your own drinking horn
By: Baron Vladimir of Esztergom
(Site Excerpt) Finding the horn: Try to find a horn that has relatively few
flaws in it. Keep in mind that no horn is perfect. A lot of work will have
to be done to make even the best raw horns presentable. Choose colors that
will complement the pigment you will be using later. Clean the horn: The
inside of the horn must be cleaned and sanitized before any work can be
Links: Medieval Metal Casting (Silver, Pewter, Bronze, Gold, Iron, Steel)
A Past Links List I found posted quite by accident (THANKS!) that has myriad
sources on casting things from Metal.
ARMOR AND COMBAT RELATED GIFTS
How to Make a Chaine Maille Coif
(Site Excerpt) Coifs or chain hoods are traditional to nearly all eras and
styles of European armor. While I have seen many different approaches to
their design, there is only one I've found that combines grace, fit and
style. I will attempt to explain how to create my preferred design. The only
part that is different from what you have already learned is the expanding
pattern that makes up the top of the head.
Links to Plans for Model Trebuchets
GIFTS FOR KIDS BOTH OLD AND YOUNG
How to make Invisible Ink
(Site Excerpt) The students in grades four - six will learn how to make two
types of invisible ink and write a message with each type of ink. The students will write a paper comparing and contrasting each type of ink.
Justin du Coeur's Medieval and Renaissance Games Website
(Site Excerpt) Welcome to a page specifically dedicated to Really Old Games.
This page is intended to cover anything and everything pertaining to games
in the Medieval and Renaissance periods.
Stefan's Florilegium: toys-msg (lots of toy ideas here for young and old)
Note: There are MANY other files that can help you construct historical
gifts in the florilegium. Browse! It's fascinating!
Shire of Hartstone: Medieval Cookies and Other treats (note that this is one
of my former holiday Links Lists--thanks Guys :)
(Site Excerpt) A collection of links pertaining to Medieval Cookies,
Biskets, Waters, Fritters and many other "Sweet Tooth" delights.
Preserving of Foods through the Middle Ages
(Site Excerpt) I started by trying to find as many originals as I could, then went to the best secondary sources. I also spent a day with Betty Cook, and
later many e-mail messages, and part of a day with Cariadoc. So I thought
I'd start with the oldest medieval reference that I could find and work
up to the "newest" medieval recipes.
Medieval Beverages for a Hot Day
Euriol of Lothian
(Site Excerpt) The following recipes are found in An Anonymous Andalusian
Cookbook of the Thirteenth Century, translated by Charles Perry. The
redactions of these recipes were written in A Miscelleny (9th edition), by
David Friedman and Betty Cook. Dilute these syrups with water to taste for a
tasty beverage, or serve directly over shaved ice or snow for a tasty cold
treat. You can find some of these syrups at your local Middle Eastern market
Pynade (Medieval Candy)
(Site Excerpt) This is the "candy" version of the recipe, which leaves out
the chicken. The result is a sort of "pine nut brittle" with a pleasant
Gode Cookery: Medieval Gingerbread
(Site Excerpt) The gingerbread being discussed in this article comes from
recipes originally used in the 14th & 15th centuries, and isn't anything at
all like our modern cake-like variety. It is in fact more like a candy or a
confection; however, it's very good and quite a treat, and I can recommend
it to anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth. I've made many versions of it and
and it is always well received. This type of gingerbread was among the many
sweets brought to Chaucer's Sir Thopas in Canterbury Tales: "They fette hym
first the sweete wyn, and mede eek in a mazelyn, and roial spicerye of
gyngebreed that was ful fyn, and lycorys, and eek comyn, with sugre that is
SEE ALSO THE GODE COOKYS website: