I guess I should say something about me..or this blog.  I am an amateur medieval researcher and what I would call “experimental archeologist”.  What does that mean?  I like trying to figure out how things might have been made, and then actually trying to make them.  It’s always interesting and you learn a lot about the objects, sometimes gain some insight into the people who made them and the times they lived in.

I am also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group Wikipedia describes as an “international living history group with the aim of studying and recreating mainly Medieval European cultures and their histories before the 17th century. A quip often used within the SCA describes it as a group devoted to the Middle Ages “as they ought to have been”,choosing to “selectively recreate the culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us.”  Not a bad description all in all.

My main interest is 15th century France and England (although a bit of tudor seems to be leaking in), archery, leather bottles, clothing and hats.

My focus is often on making things without using too many modern “cheats”.



  1. This is neat to read up on your bio because ths literally sounds like me. I’m also in the SCA and love to research patterns and try things out. Glad to hear there are others who share the same interests ~ from one archaeologist to the other. (Thats funny too cause I wanted to be one growing up..took classes in college too until I got married and moved)
    Anyway, thanks for these ideas for patterns here!

  2. I have only just found this blog, and find it fascinating and informative, so I’ve recommended it at https://murreyandblue.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/another-very-interesting-wordpress-blog/. Thank you for posting your wonderful work. Keep it up.

  3. ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR SITE!!! Thanks so much for putting your research/notes up. I really like the transitional period and see your work has inspired me tremendously. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Hi

    I have been asked to weave a Burgundian Belt for a friend who does reenactments. Having looked at some of the pictures on the web I am finding it difficult to decide what yarn to use. Would a reasonably high class lady have had a belt woven in Linen or silk?

  5. Thank you very much indeed. I will have to get weaving once my friend has chosen her colours. Out of interest, would they also have used linen?


    • I’d have to do a lot more research to answer that question, even then it’s hard to answer any question like that definitively, but I’ve not come across any suggestion they’d ever have been made of linen. At this time in history, linen was definitely in use for underwear, linings and sometimes other things. Wool dominated when it came to gowns and other outerwear, with silks and velvets also in use. Given that this is a high-status item my gut feeling is it would be very unlikely to be made of linen.

  6. Ah, interesting. Thank you. My weaving teacher will also be interested so I will let her know what you have said. I will now plan the design with my reenactment friend.

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