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Basic Italian Hemstitch (updated for Red Tower, Oct 1, 2016)

Instructions for the basic drawn thread hem stitch and a variation as well as examples  of its use from 15th & 16th century art.

Household Artifacts: European Sewing Tools 1150-1600 in Practical Use

Discussion of hand sewing tools 1150-1600 and their modern reproductions/adaptations with the goal of creating a historically accurate sewing basket to use at SCA events.


A late 16c shirt with puncture resistant gussets for rapier combat   

Instructions for cutting and constructing a shirt based on pattern #9 from Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 4 with underarm gussets altered to provide puncture resistant protection suitable for SCA Rapier Combat.





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