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Here is a list of sites that I have found useful and interesting. I hope you find them of use also.
The Old Mill Village, in New Milford PA, is a collection of historical small buildings in a volunteer operated old time setting. There is a program of events starting in May and going through October. Of particular interest is the Sheep to Shawl day. Pumpkintown is a fun experience for kids and young at heart. And the "Ghost Walk" is much fun! See their website at www.oldmillvillage.com for more information.
Another wonderful small museum that is packed with wonderful things is the Home Textile Tool Museum in Orwell, PA. There are at least 6 big looms (barn looms!), some of them being used, more than a dozen or three different spinning wheels, displays of antique clothing and textiles, a summer weekend program, and summer workshop sessions that cover selected weaving, spinning, and sewing. I've presented an early 1800s handsewn cap class, pattern drafting an 1800s shift and short gown, and an 1855-60 handsewn bonnet. I try to do a class every summer for them. In 2008 I'm planning on presenting a late 1700-early 1800 cape. www.hometextiletoolmuseum.org/ Take a look! And if you can find it in your heart to support these dedicated, unpaid workers in their fight to maintain the past, please consider visiting them and/or donating a couple dollars. They also need volunteers! Become a part of preserving the past. Without our past we have no anchor.
Do you love Open Air Museums of the 1800s? Then have I got
the organization for you! The Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council
is an affiliate of the Association for Living History, Farms, & Agricultural
Museums. This organization has a wonderful magazine and fabulous conferences every year.
The information is excellent!
And they do have a website: http://www.momcc.org . Check it out.
Thora Sharptooth's site at... www.cs.vassar.edu/~capriest/thora.html Thora is a woman of diverse talents who studies, writes and teaches about the Viking Age and Medieval Western textiles. An Excellent resource! (and nice lady, too)
For more things Viking, you must go to my friend Sandra's page: www.vikinggirlsworkshop.com and see her Viking crafts and tree creatures. She does felting, wire weaving, sprang and more. She does demonstrations at historical sites also. And she just started a business selling 'Soap Nuts", natural cleaning 'nuts' that actually work, have no perfume, and are not expensive.
Stephan's Florilegium at... www.florilegium.org is a listing of MUCH information about the middle ages. It must be seen to be believed!
Cariadoc's Miscellany at... www.pbm.com/~lindahl/cariadoc/miscellany.html is a collection of articles and recipes dealing with the medieval and the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Reconstructing History... www.reconstructinghistory.com is a fascinating site...actually a ring of sites... that is an informational service for historical reenactors. It is a very accurate site always seeking authenticity in its information.....Much information on many culture's clothing!
The Labyrinth... www.georgetown.edu/labyrinth/labyrinth-home.html from Georgetown University, is a site of resources for Medieval Studies. Its a jam-packed, easy to navigate, and excellent research site that will have you book-marking it as soon as you see the index.
Really into it yet? Try .... http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html a true Medieval Sourcebook, and get ready to spend some serious time! That site will lead you many places.
What?!? You want more? Well, try the Camelot Project... www.kingarthur.co.uk/nav/home.htm for the latest research.
If you are "into" kings, try Richard the Third at .... www.r3.org/bookcase/wardrobe/ward1.html . Or The Age of King Charles the Fifth at .... www.bnf.fr/enluminures/aaccueil.shtm for illuminations of the 1300's.
I like to browse through One Hundred Highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.... www.konbib.nl/100hoogte/hh-en.html ....just as long as I don't have to pronounce it.
I found a very interesting costume research site..... http://homepage.mac.com/festive_attyre/index.html . Jennifer Thompson has some excellent research on renaissance garb. Much good information, much good research. Many really hard to find paintings! She even has a synopsis of Luca Mola's "Silk Industry in Renaissance Venice", which happens to be the best information I've found on the silk industry in Venice and a bit on some of the other city states. Oh yes, some nice costumes too. ;)
Anyone besides me interested in Medieval SLAVIC studies? Make sure you go to the Slavic Interest Group's website: http://slavic.freeservers.com . You will find Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, ....you name it....all kinds of information about different Slavic cultures from the middle ages being studied and shared. A fabulous, informative and warm site with lots of people willing to share their knowledge with you!
If you are 'into' RUSSIAN medieval clothing, check out Sofya's webpages. The page that makes me happy is the one where she goes through some of Nahlik's archeological research and picks out his mention of textiles, cloth, weaving, etc: www.strangelove.net/~kieser/Russian/nahlik.html
And if you are really excited now and can hardly wait to start
making and living a Medieval lifestyle, you simply must go to : www.currentmiddleages.org/tents/tent.html
For furniture, equipment, tents, clothing, lifestyle, and a multitude of information all at one spot. Want Byzantine garb info? Start here. Want to make a Roman field chair? Start here. Want to make a portable bed? ... you got it! An excellent site to keep you occupied for hours. Has lots of links to lots of things Medieval. This site has been enlarged and is now, in my opinion, the premier Medieval Camping and Information Resources site around!
What? Not saturated yet? Well, then.... go to The Costume Page: http://members.aol.com/nebula5/costume.html . I guarantee that you will have history overload at that site!!!! Costume history, historical topics, theatrical costumes, organizations, schools, sources, links.... hundreds of links..(.GOOD ones)... and reference book and museum listings. Prepare to be online for an hour or two at the least.
There's a commercial "yellow pages" for medieval and some Victorian businesses at this location: http://www.medieval-world.com/directory.htm . Check it out. The businesses are getting much better about authenticity recently.
Another good site is http://www.scatoday.net/ . News of the Current Middle Ages and other neat information.
If you are interested, I have an incomplete glossary of medieval fabric names. Go to the click-on links on the left side of this page (a little above my snail mail address) and click on "Glossary".
A site that has many textile links of all kinds and ages, is Sharon B's resource links at .... www.anu.edu.au/ITA/CSA/textiles/sharonb/links/linksnav.html .
***** (5-star site) A more modern site for excellent information on modern day textiles and fibers, treatment and cleaning, testing for fiber content and effect of soaps vs detergents, and much more very useful information, is... www.fabrics.net . And a wonderful site it is! Judith has a columnist, Joan Kiplinger, writing on vintage textiles, and has also added a column on legal aspects of ecommerce. Visit this site monthly!!
How much do you want to know about fibers? As much as a customs agent? Go to http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/top/search.htm and search for "fibers yarns" .....click on the high lighted "fibers & yarns" and find an extensive info on a burn test, classifications, and other neat stuff. (I've tried for half an hour to get the exact URL for this....I give up)
Vintage Fabric list...... is a neat list where
those of us who like "older" fabric can discuss, research, trade, and wallow in
memories of pre-1950's fabrics.
Go to : http://www.quiltropolis.net/newmailinglists.asp , find the Vintage Fabric list (under fabrics) and join! Easy as pie.
This lady sells antique costumes and textiles ca. 18th and
19th century. I love to look at what she has ... (and use her pictures for
reference ;-) Meg Andrews:
http://www.meg-andrews.com Very nicely done website too.
The Costume Society of America has
video cassettes available of the 26th Annual Meeting and Symposium. This was
entitled: "Fashions Lost and Found, or Survival of the Fittest". This was held at
Williamsburg and Richmond VA in summer 2000 and had some wonderful information on American
Check out this really great organization at: http://www.costumesocietyamerica.com
One of the seamstresses I've known for years through association at a medieval event is Ana from Ana's Accoutremonts http://www.sewfits.com . This lady is a costumer for many ages and does reasonably priced costumes that look good, too. If you need something made, or if you want to purchase something "off the rack", check out her site.
If you want to get into dolls and the sites for them on the web, a good place to start is: http://www.dolldesigns.com . There is a lot of information there. You can also click on the graphic link for the DollRing at the bottom of this page for a ring of doll artists.
If you want wonderful outfits made for your antique dolls,
contact Joan Kiplinger. This lady is a published fabric historian who has a
column on www.fabrics.net about vintage
textiles....also started a list for vintage textiles (mentioned above).
Joan redresses antique dolls more appropriately than I've seen before! Contact
her through the website. This is one of her columns:
One of the best pattern companies in the field is Past Patterns...
excellent, accurate, period clothing from the 19th and early 20th centuries. http://www.pastpatterns.com/
As Saundra Ros Altman's site says: "accurate Federal, Jacksonian, Civil War, Gilded Age, Edwardian and WWI up to WWII clothing patterns for men, women and children." ... and it is true! (I have used them myself.... used to sell them in my storefront, too)
INTERESTING STUFF IN OTHER FIELDS:
Sometimes I run across things that don't really relate to that for which I'm looking. But boy are they interesting! Here's one: http://www.gnu.org/ about "unfettered" software.
I found a very nice handmade soap page! And since I happen to know the owner/craftsman from mini-doll making, I also know that she is meticulous in what she does. I'm about to order my very first handmade soap: http://ourfamilyhobby.homestead.com/soap.html Orange ginger... or Bayrum.. or drat it, I may have to get a half dozen!
And for you who do period cooking and are always looking for period spices.... The Guild of Pepperers!! http://members.cox.net/periac/pepperers.html where you can find "Herbs and Spices at Reasonable Prices " ... like galingale, myrrh, green peppercorns, saffron, long pepper, etc. I buy the ground cinnamon by the pound so I have it to put into my coffee maker. It is wonderful! And their price on saffron is fantastic!
What I'm really not sure about is my own links to these web rings! They seem to change from one server to another and I can't seem to do the "switch" the right way. A useful search engine in my experience is http://www.dogpile.com . If you see something interesting, do a search for it;
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