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Iron Black Dyes

The easi­est col­ours to dye leath­er in medi­ev­al times were brown and black. Those are by far the most com­mon col­ours for shoes in art­work I have looked at, but I haven’t done a numer­ic ana­lys­is of foot­wear col­our by art and peri­od yet. Leath­er tanned by the medi­ev­al pro­cess in pits of …

Where to get single strand thread

A ques­tion I get asked fairly fre­quently is where to find single-strand thread for mak­ing tapered waxed ends for sew­ing. It’s hard to get really good stuff these days because there isn’t really any­where doing prop­er long-staple lin­en any­more but you can still get work­able stuff. The stuff you want is …

Notes for left-handers mak­ing thread

On a shoe and boot­makers for­um I read someone was hav­ing trouble with their threads unwind­ing at the slight­est pro­voca­tion. They knew the thread and code were good because both of them had been used by oth­er people before. The pic­ture they pos­ted showed that the thread had been plied up using …

What tal­low does to dyed leath­er

Here is a quick look at the dif­fer­ence apply­ing some tal­low to dyed leath­er can make. This is a pair of early 16th cen­tury style low shoes I’ve been work­ing on, they’re my first ever right-side-out las­ted and wel­ted shoes so don’t look at them too closely. Neither shoe has fasten­ings yet. …

Ren­der­ing Tal­low

He bequeythed to his dow­tyr Bell Hys talow, his gres, now euery­dell With pyr­dowy. Tal­low is rendered beef or mut­ton fat and makes a fairly good leath­er dress­ing. It is ref­er­enced in the Lystyne Lordys Vera­ment, from which the verse above is taken. It is also used for mak­ing candles and …

Mak­ing Code

And undir the arme the armynge poyntis muste be made of fyne twyne suche as men make stryn­gis for cross­bowes and they muste be trussid small and poyn­t­id as poyntis. Also they muste be wex­id with cordewen­er­is coode. And than they woll neythir rec­che nor breke.” “How a man schall be …

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