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by wsbailey
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

The download goes to show, that without any new documentation, the mystery continues. Another recent discussion can be found in “The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England”. The materials are more interesting to me though. John McDonald appears to favor John Waller Hills view that the Maure fly ...
by wsbailey
Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

That looks like a really interesting read. I’m waiting for a more peaceful time to read it. I dyed some wool yarn with Medieval era dyes and colors. The problem for me is that most tyers know a lot more about the current state of the art than the Middle Ages. So I’m hesitant to show them to anyone. ...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

While black might have been a challenging color for a Medieval dyer; scraps of professionally dyed black yarn were probably readily available. Perhaps more so than black sheep. Much of English wool was sent abroad to be manufactured into cloth. A load contaminated with a few dark hairs could be reje...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

No clue but the person was obviously literate. It would had to have been someone with the means to acquire an education. Royalty seemed to more concerned with hunting if the tapestries of the era are any indication. Monasteries were probably often located near rivers since they would have to be self...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

The Treatyse was supposedly written by a nun. In those days priest’s vestments were made by nuns so they would have access to silk thread and dyed wool for embroidery. Guilds were very powerful and for someone to be dyeing wool then would similar to a non-union actor working on a movie set today. Wo...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

Black in the Middle Ages was an expensive color. Of course a cheap black could be made of tannin and iron but the amount of iron needed to get black would eventually rot it. Black silk thread was once known for breaking easily, probably for the same reason. In some countries these iron tannate black...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

I don’t want to be like Johnson in his definition of oatmeal, but dyeing wasn’t much of a thing in Ireland. While dyeing in Scotland is well documented; the same can’t be said of Ireland. I think Donegal tweed would well represent the Irish tradition. Wool that was dyed would be boiled until it felt...
by wsbailey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: North Country spider article
Replies: 123
Views: 2146

Re: North Country spider article

I've spent a lot of time researching the colors in the descriptions of the flies in the Treatyse. Language changes greatly over time and words can't be fully understood in the way they were actually used in their time.
by wsbailey
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Tying Wingless Wets
Topic: Bronze Peacock & Young Starling
Replies: 13
Views: 553

Re: Bronze Peacock & Young Starli

There used to a farm in Australia that sold the best herl but the couple retired. The most cost effective way to buy herl is to get bulk eye feathers. Swalef and Son has the best price but a $100 minimum. This article explains how to get the best result from peacock herl. https://www.peninsulaflyfis...
by wsbailey
Sat Feb 08, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Soft Hackle Materials
Topic: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry
Replies: 38
Views: 4162

Re: Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Colors – Wet and Dry

I've read that antique double hooks put together with thread waxed with cobbler's wax are surprisingly durable.