The Stealing Of A Shirt

Assumptions One of my biggest pet peeves in the hobby is the ideas we have about stealing things. I often hear people stating that someone in the time period is likely to be stealing items. “Where are their clothes from?” “Oh they stole it.” With the myriad of options, why would the most likely option […]

Stain Removal in Wool

Stain removal in wools of the 18th century from EWHOH. To Take Spots Out of Woolen Cloth Take some of the best fullers earth that can be got; then lay it before the fire till it is quite hard, and beat it in a morter till it is as fine as powder, then mix it […]

Getting Stains Out Of Linen

To Make Linen That is Turned Yellow Very White To make Linen that is turned yellow very white. Heat Milk over the Fire, and add to a Gallon a Pound of Cake Soap scraped in, that it may dissolve ; and when the Cloaths have boiled therein, take them out, and clap them into a […]

Laundry Cheat Sheet

This outline will focus on the best practices for laundry in a perfect situation, as if one had all the knowledge and resources available and they were being put into proper practice.

The Laundrymaid – Clear Starching

A transcription from John Perkins “Laundry Maid -Every Woman Her Own House-keeper; Or, The Ladies’ Library, Containing the Cheapest and Most Extensive System of Cookery Ever Offered to the Public. … Also, The Family Physician; Or, A Complete Body of Domestic Medicine.” 1796 This we conceive to be an article of so much use in female economy, […]

Pattern Grading. Links And Notes.

My mom is an artist, and I have been lucky enough to have been exposed to all kinds of random knowledge because of it.   She explained to me how to blow up a pattern using the grid system.  A lot of art books use the same technique when making murals, but done on paper rather […]

Forget The Wash Board

Washboards With Ridges The old timey ridged washboard was not used to do laundry until the 19th century. Bucking, clapping and heating laundry is very effective when laundering linens.   Wash boards with ridges are something that came to the United States long after the Revolutionary War. In France and Italy there are painting’s of women […]

Salts Of Lemon And Slaying Dragons

Boredom My daughter is sick and I am trying to kill time by reading online. I went and read a short thread on Facebook that had been linked to my page (thanks Tony). Salt of Lemons. It is the image posted here. Hallie Larkin had found the note in the Middlesex Journal, Aug 31, 1771.  […]