Let me first express my thanks to those who responded with their
thoughts on pattern materials. I'm sorry I haven't thanked you
earlier--I read the responses as soon as they were up, and then I
started playing with felt.
What I wonder now is: how often, if ever, were shoes made with
linings? I was looking at a miserable attempt of mine from a few
years ago , and wondered if the shoes might have been more comfortable
if I used felt on the inside of the leather as a lining. Was lining
used during the medieval period? I'm not really talking about
stuffing the shoes with ... stuff. I mean attaching a softer or more,
I don't know, pleasant material to the inside of a shoe. I understand
(believe?) that we don't really have access to the kind of tanning
used during the period, so we don't really know what that leather felt
like, and maybe it's just because I'm so coddled in the modern world
that I sometimes find just leather a little uncomfortable. If linings
were used, do we know about them--I assume they would have broken down
over time more quickly than the leather. Maybe there would be
something in art from the period...?
Or was there no need of lining, because of the use of hose? Do we
have a date or dates for the advent of the use of hose? Do we have
patterns based on finds? (I ask this last part sheepishly--I haven't
gone to Marc's site where I could probably find just what I wondered.)
Thanks for letting me prate away.