Re: [F-Costume] Hairpins
- On page 142 of "The Tudor Tailor" there is a detailed photo description
of braiding ribbon into hair and wrapping the braids around your head.
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> Hey everyone, and especially the history buffs. I realize this may be
> a bit off topic, being historical and not fantasy, but it may be
> helpful in both areas.
> I will be going to several French and Indian wars rendesvouz with my
> 4H group this year, and it is required that we come as period correct
> as possible. My costume is in progress and going fine, but I've got a
> dilemma. My hair is fairly long, at 3 1/2 feet measured from the
> scalp, and I need to be able to pin it up and stuff it under a cap.
> For this I need elastics and hairpins, but don't want to use, well,
> elastics and hairpins.
> More specifically, rubber and plastic. Does anyone know of a place
> online that I could find good, sturdy metal, bone or horn pins without
> rubber or plastic nubs?
> I also need a way to tie off the ends of my heavy braids without using
> elastics. Ribbons are of course an option, but they invariably fall
> off. I'd appreciate any ideas.
> Thanks very much for your time,
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For 18thC, I just wrap my hair into a bun without braiding it first.
If you do braid it first, it won't "undo" once it's in a bun. So you
don't need to tie off the ends. If necessary, you can use an elastic
band at the end and slip it off just as you do the last wrap. Tuck
the end under the rest of the bun, but if you've been playing with
long hair you already know this!
18thC hairpins are a U shape without the squiggly sides you find in
modern hairpins. Vermont Country Store makes extra-long hairpins
(modern & squiggly), which are very helpful with long, thick hair.
The ends are laquered but not rubber. Don't bother with the plastic
(tortise color)hairpins they break on me in a hurry.
It's great that you want to be as correct as possible, but plenty of
people use modern tricks under the cap and concentrate their efforts
on what's visible. Hairspray, barettes, combs whatever it takes.
(Just be careful of scented products because they may attract bees.)
You may need to help girls with modern haircuts, and also remember it
was not the fashion to wear bangs or fringe.
Another trick with caps is to pin them on top with a straight pin
through the hair. Some caps can be very slippery, and wind can be a
factor, too. There is a French cap style that's very small and
covers the bun and not much else very cute! The Fleur de Lyse
patterns have several cap styles including this one.
>> I will be going to several French and Indian wars rendesvouz with my
>> 4H group this year, and it is required that we come as period correct
>> as possible. My costume is in progress and going fine, but I've got a
>> dilemma. My hair is fairly long, at 3 1/2 feet measured from the
>> scalp, and I need to be able to pin it up and stuff it under a cap.
--- In F-Costume@yahoogroups.com, "Hannah" <nienorniniel6@...> wrote:
<<I think that I will tie my hair off with brown thread using the
Actually, Hannah, I tie my hair off with....hair. It's handy if you
don't happen to have any tools with you, and I imagine that someone,
somewhere, somewhen else probably discovered that you could do this,
I braid my hair until I have a "tassel" of about 4 inches
left...depending on how thick your ends are (mine are thin and whispy
by that time), you might need a little more length. From the tassel I
separate a strand that is as long as possible (don't use the short
hairs) and about 1/8 inch thick. I wrap the thin strand around the rest
of the tassel once, and tuck it from the top to the bottom over the
first twist of the strand in between the tassel and the strand....this
makes a half-hitch knot. Pull it tight, so that the strand secures the
bottom of the braid.
Keeping the tension tight on the strand, I pick up two similar thin
strands from the body of the tassel, and braid a tight little "mouse-
tail" braid the rest of the way...until I run out of hair. This keeps
the strand from loosening up, and freeing the braid.
My final step grosses out my sister, but it's critical: lick the
The moisture keeps the mousetail from unraveling, and the slight
glueiness of the saliva tends to hold the mousetail together even when
it's dry. This tieless braid lasts for me most or all day, depending on
how active I am. If I tuck it under a french braid, it lasts longer
than if I let the tail swing free.
If you prefer to use thread to secure the mousetail, you can, if you
have some handy. Since it's so small diameter at this point, thread
will do just fine to anchor it.