- I am very new to the Society and hail from the Northshield kingdom. I have two army type 100% wool blankets (think greenish brown instead of green, withMessage 1 of 4 , Dec 14, 2006View SourceI am very new to the Society and hail from the Northshield kingdom.
I have two army type 100% wool blankets (think greenish brown
instead of green, with light/off white colored stripes on the ends)
that I think are from the German army. I keep thinking I saw
something on making a cloak out of blankets on the internet but now
I cannot find it!
If anyone can help me it would be most appreciated.
Other question related to first: Would the stripes be something un-
period? Or could I just add trim of some sort over them-nothing
fancy, going for the country girl look here, and make it work? The
stripes are dyed in (or undyed, possibly) but I'd rather not mess
with trying to dye this shade of green anything else! KWIM??
Thank you for any help!
(hmmm. P.S. Is my French first name period? Does anyone have a
suggested link I could look at for French names? It makes personas
easier, besides, my dh is going with his, William or Wilhelm, and
it's just not fair!!! LOL just kidding.)
- ... I can t point you to that article, but many early-period cultures routinely used rectangular cloaks. Get a cloak pin to fasten it at the shoulder or overMessage 2 of 4 , Dec 15, 2006View SourceJanette wrote:
> I keep thinking I saw something on making a cloak out of blankets onI can't point you to that article, but many early-period cultures
> the internet but now I cannot find it!
routinely used rectangular cloaks. Get a cloak pin to fasten it at the
shoulder or over your breastbone, and you're good to go--no sewing
necessary. There are some good photos of such a cloak in use in a
Norse context on the Hurstwic site
clothing.htm>. Drawings of rectangular cloaks in use and information
on cloak pins of various kinds can be found in "Early Gaelic Dress: An
You can buy reproduction pins from Raymond's Quiet Press
<http://www.quietpress.com/>, the Wareham Forge
<http://www.warehamforge.ca/norsejewel.html>, and Ragnar's Ragweed
Forge <http://www.ragweedforge.com/pins.html>, among others.
> Would the stripes be something un-period? Or could I just add trim of"Period" is a meaningful term only if you define the period. From
> some sort over them-nothing fancy, going for the country girl look
> here, and make it work?
where, from when, and from what culture and class did you want your
clothing to be? For a persona from early in the SCA timespan, at least
in the British Isles and Scandinavia, woven-in stripes would be
perfectly appropriate, and dyed-in stripes very plausible.
If you've got a particular time, place, and culture in mind, and you'll
let us know what it is, somebody may be able to give you an answer more
tailored to your period.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
- Wow - I can actually help with this one instead of always asking the questions. I have yet to attend any event or meeting but have been reading and searchingMessage 3 of 4 , Dec 15, 2006View SourceWow - I can actually help with this one instead of always asking the
questions. I have yet to attend any event or meeting but have been
reading and searching the internet including patterns.
I don't consider myself cheap and could find a lot of patterns on-
line to buy but if I can find it for free - why not.
The best one I've found is at
It has the best directions and pictures. I did find another one that
I think lays it out on the fabric better but it doesn't have the link
printed at the bottom of the page.
I've found patterns for a tunic, cloak, shirt, hose, and simple shoe
on-line for free. It's not easy finding them and of course I
sincerely appreciate the work of others.
I know you can buy whatever garb you need on-line but hey maybe I am
cheap after all and would rather build my persona including the
clothes on my back.
I would certainly appreciate anyone else who has better links to the
free stuff :)
William (yes my real name too) of Bjornsborg
Kingdom of Ansteorra
- ... There are period variants of it. Several women named Jehannette are among those listed in 15th-century tax rolls from Paris and elsewhere in northernMessage 4 of 4 , Dec 15, 2006View SourceJanette wrote:
> Is my French first name period?There are period variants of it. Several women named "Jehannette" are
among those listed in 15th-century tax rolls from Paris and elsewhere
in northern France
instance. And women called "Jannet", "Jennet", or some variation
thereof lived in 16th-century England
The Academy of St. Gabriel is an organization dedicated to helping
individuals learn more about authentic medieval and renaissance names
and heraldry. They are not an SCA group, but their reports are
accepted as documentation by the College of Arms. They've issued four
which discuss "Jehannette", "Jeannette", or both. They've also done
two reports that cover "Jennet", #2829
<http://www.panix.com/~gabriel/public-bin/showfinal.cgi?2829> and #1187
If you're willing to consider related names a little further from your
mundane version, you'll have several additional options. The names
"Jehannette" and "Jeannette" are diminutives of "Jehanne" and "Jeanne".
(In French, "-ette" often serves the same function that "-y" and "-ie"
sometimes serve in English; the relationship between "Jehanne" and
"Jehannette" is analogous to that between "John" and "Johnny" or "Joan"
and "Joanie".) "Jannet" and "Jennet" are variants of "Jane", closely
related to "Janet". And if having some version of "Janette" as your
name is more important than having a name that sounds like "Janette",
you could probably find a cognate appropriate to almost any Western
European culture, depending on the century. It ultimately derives from
the Latin "Iohannes", via the French "Jehan", and mutations of that
name are found almost anywhere the Normans settled or traded.
> Does anyone have a suggested link I could look at for French names?The Medieval Names Archive <http://s-gabriel.org/names/> is, hands
down, the best online source for documentable names. I suggest you
begin with "Choosing a Society Name: Hints for Newcomers", and then
proceed to the naming guide(s) for the culture(s) in which you're
By the way, the Academy of St. Gabriel is on vacation until the middle
of January, but when they re-open, they'll be happy to help you find an
authentic name, if you want one. Just use their webform
<http://s-gabriel.org/gabemail.html>. But choose a culture, general
location, and era first--the more specific you are when you ask, the
more rapidly they'll be able to get you answers.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra