11770Re: [medieval-leather] real sinew used in the middle ages?
- Jan 8, 2012While recreating a girdle purse from the book purses in pieces I used waxed linen thread as they described being used in the middle ages pre 16th century.
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On Jan 8, 2012, at 5:08 PM, Ron Charlotte <ronch2@...> wrote:
> At 06:57 AM 1/3/2012, Barry wrote:
> >Was real sinew used in the middle ages? I am trying to find out if
> >only the people of the America's used it before the European
> >discovery? I would think it would have been perfect for use on Cuir
> >Bouilli cases and whatnot along with hide glue, but I have found no
> >such evidence. I was wondering if anyone here may have any information?
> Little late to the discussion (both busy, and my library is in
> disarray). It it difficult to nail down stitching materials because
> they so seldom survive the conditions that preserve many leather
> items. However, in his examination of the Brec Moedoic Budgee and
> the Corpus Christi Budget published in _Medieval Archaeology_ volume
> 12, 1968 ("Irish Book-Satchels of Budgets") John Waterer identified
> the original sewing medium as being (most probably) sinew. There are
> a few surviving items from Ireland of that general era that also used
> sinew as a stitching medium.
> The reality is, though, that anywhere flax/linen became available, it
> quickly became the medium of choice, with silk frequently being used
> for decorative accents..
> Natural sinew, when all is said and done is basically raw hide, with
> all of it's strengths _and_ weaknesses. For an item like a book
> bag, or an ecclesiastical shoe that would seldom be exposed to
> moisture/sweat, etc, sinew would work, as it would for items that you
> don't realistically expect to last long. With rare exceptions, you
> cannot get lengths longer than about 20 inches, and it takes a
> different set of skills to use compared to fiber thread.
> Basically, even with recent archeology, the stiching survives in such
> a small percentage of leather goods, and _most_ of those are linen
> (and related fibers) or silk..
> Ron Charlotte -- Gainesville, FL
> ronch2@... OR afn03234@...
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