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Milton Resources Ltd Trading As Alison and Hugh's Handmade Things.
Despite the snow we had a fabulous TORM.
We had some awesome customers: the ones who bought stuff *and* the ones who brought stuff (like tea, chocolate and cake - you know who you are - thank you!).
Packing down was easier then setting up because there was a lot less to shift....
Getting home was accomplished (eventually) despite the snow.
We are now applying tea to our insides and warmth to our outsides.
Not every Thing is big. Here are a couple of needlecases. They are only about 3" long, hand sewn, stamped and engraved by hand. Perfect to go in one of the lovely sewing boxes Hugh has made, maybe with a bobbin or two and a pair of snips.
Sorting out the "office" to go to TORM.
Calculator - check
Float - check
Plasters - check...
Tape measure - check
Extending magnet with torch - check
Sold labels - check
Business cards - check
String - check
Notebook & pen - check
Emergency bear - check
As well as all the other Things, we've also been busy making textile tools.
Spindles cast from an original medieval spindle whorl with a hand whittled ash shaft. Hugh makes the shafts and Alison tests every one; they don't go on sale till we are certain that they work and are nice to use.
Yarn winders/skein winders/niddy noddies (the term niddy noddy only seems to date from around the nineteenth century). We have 1 yard and 2 yard sizes....
Bobbins. Hugh has made a new batch of bobbins/spools/thread winders they are fresh off the lathe - get 'em while they're fresh!
Distaffs for both wool and flax - the flax one is the one with the "cage". An essential counterpart to a spindle. It's a means of transporting a supply of fibre in a convenient manner ready to spin.
Carders (no photo yet) an essential piece of woolen-spinning equipment.
We are often asked how to care for Things. The answer has to be traditional polish. Luckily we make two sorts of traditional polish: a beeswax and turpentine paste which is ideal for wooden Things and a creamed beeswax and turpentine polish which is excellent for leather Things.
The paste polish is also great on metal as it dries hard and clear with no oily residue and no lingering oily odour. We sell a lot of it for polishing and weather-proofing armour, which is one* of ...the reasons why some of the tins say "Clanky Wax" inatead of "Beeswax Polish" its exactly the same stuff it's just the label that's different. The ingredients are pure beeswax and pure gum turpentine.
*The other reason is that Alison gets bored of writing the same thing on every tin - we once sold a number of tins to someone for his house and every tin had a different label eg "Windowsill Wax" "Door Dressing". Etc.
Because leather doesn't survive well in archaeology, unless the site is waterlogged, there are very few surviving medieval pouches. Most of the ones we know about are from Holland. As with a lot of reenactment if we stick to the evidence there is a tendency for everyone to end up with similar kit because we've all used the same few references.
This winter we have been looking at sources for different pouches, not just existing ones but also depictions in art.
Alison has w...orked on some new designs based on funeral effigies and carved misericords. The effigies are those of Walter de Helyon and John Cammel. The misericords are in St. Lawrence's church in Ludlow.
One of the frustrating things about working from sculptural references is that the more lifelike the effigy is, the more overwhelming the feeling that there ought to be a way to turn the pouch over to look at the back or open it to see how the fastening is worked. Each new pouch takes many hours of designing, head scratching, note making and experimentation before we arrive at a workable result.
These pouches will be for sale at TORM.
In praise of mending:
Medieval people didn't wear their clothes to rags; holes and tears were darned, patched or mended straight away begore they got worse. The only contemporary images we see of people in rags almost always turn out to have a symbolic or allegorical meaning. Clothes were costly in terms of time or money and no one would willingly allow good clothes to be ruined by failing to mend them. Poor people would mend and patch, rich people might be able to afford t...o replace torn or worn clothes, but rather than being thrown away they would have made their way down the social scale. There was a brisk trade in second hand clothes so the torn garments of Lord Thing might be sold or might be given to a servant, either way they weren't just worn to tatters; they'd be mended as neatly as possible and worn.
Getting our kit ready for TORM Alison noticed that her kirtle has worn into holes (we put our kit through a lot of events and she often sets up and packs down still in kit so its not surprising that it's worn out).
Left alone these holes would get worse and worse, eventually the dress would tear apart.
There isn't time to make a new kirtle before TORM (pause for hollow laughter) even had we the material to hand. But she did take it to the workshop to do some patching. Luckily there were still a couple of scraps of the fabric in the scrap box so the patches sort of match (the dress has faded over the years but the patches are still the original colour). There is a science to patching - you don't just cobble a random bit of fabric on any old how, the patch needs to be on the same grain as the underlying cloth, it needs to be carefully folded under so that the edges don't fray and ideally it should be neat and unobtrusive. The recent trend for "visible mending" was certainly not the medieval way. So if you have tears, holes or worn patches in your kit, please try to get them mended (even a poor mend is better than a hole or a tear)- we have plenty of thread, snips, sewing boxes and beeswax to help you - but the actual sewing is up to you!
Boxes. Lots of lovely boxes! The ones with trays mostly end up as sewing boxes but they also make handy tool boxes and games boxes. Most of them have just one tray but there is one with two trays; it's a slightly larger box so there's still plenty of room underneath for storing projects or larger tools.
We also have a box with partitions making twelve individual compartments which would be ideal for spices.
The box with a carved front is a commission - but it looked so lovely in the sunshine that we thought we'd share the picture.
Dave the Head of Modelling has put in a complaint:
Apparently red is *really* not his colour, the blue one is too big (yes Dave - that's because not everyone has the same size head as you), and by the time Alison had the green one ready the light was almost gone so it didn't show him to best advantage.