Rachel Hunter’s Quaker Mittens

Rachel Hunter’s Quaker Mittens

Mittens for a Friend, inspired by the Quaker, Rachel Hunter (created by Diana Gabaldon in her series Outlander)  are being released to coincide with World Quaker Day, October 2nd, 2016. These mittens feature the Quaker proverb You lift me, and I’ll lift thee, and we will rise together, which speaks to this year’s theme: Connecting Friends, Crossing Cultures and Changing
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The Skye Boat Poetry Mittens

The Skye Boat Poetry Mittens

A dream ends on Outlander.. Mittens for a tragedy.. Since Bear McCreary used the Skye Boat Song melody as the basis for his Outlander theme youtube.com is awash in versions of this old song, but this one strikes me as particularly authentic.. if the song can be called authentic at all.  The Skye Boat Song
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Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

Bree’s Blue: To Dye With Indigo

If you can only have one Outlander Adventure… make it dying with indigo. Bree made herself a blue wool dress, using indigo to dye the wool.  Which made me wonder.. what color was Bree’s dress? That’s simple, indigo blue, right?  Well.. not necessarily. I’ve kept a flock of sheep for decades… and have never dyed with indigo.
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Papillote Curls : Authentic and Easy 18th Century Hairstyle

Papillote Curls : Authentic and Easy 18th Century Hairstyle

Claire and her hair… From the castle at Leoch to the French court.. to colonial America, if it isn’t inciting envy it’s in her way, being pinned into submission, or scandalizing, since she refuses to cover it properly with a mop cap. Claire’s hair seems to naturally hold an 18th century hairstyle other women had to
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Other Outlander Knitting Patterns

Other Outlander Knitting Patterns

I’ve been asked to put up Outlander knitting patterns for specific knits seen on in the Starz film adaptation of Outlander. I have rather strong opinions regarding those knits, which the costume designer started out justifying as authentic to the 18th century, then revised to being not necessarily authentic but authentic to  her vision of the 18th century, regardless
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A Taste of the 18th Century: Spruce Gum

A Taste of the 18th Century: Spruce Gum

Here’s something to chew on: Outlander’s characters will encounter every major development in chewing gum.. from chewing resins in the 18th century, to chicle based gums during and prior to WWII, to the butadiene-based synthetic rubber which has been used to make gum since the 1960s… all within the first three books. It must be a uniquely
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18th Century Solutions:  Waterproofing Boots

18th Century Solutions: Waterproofing Boots

These are my winter boots. They were new last year, pardon the grubby appearance, I wear them as barn boots. This is not something the manufacturer likely would approve of.  My little boots are from a Swedish company and are called Icebug  Their claim to fame, and why I love them, is they have carbon steel studs
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18th Century Toys for Time Travelers

18th Century Toys for Time Travelers

In an age of radio controlled helicopters, bears that read, and, of course, the necessary cell phone loaded with amusements, it’s a surprise to realize how many 18th century toys still engage us, and our children. The action figure (really), puzzles, tops, marbles, pickup sticks, rocking horses, dolls, jump ropes, and the bilboquet, all are toys carried forward
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Keeping it Together: Ribbons and Tapes in the 18th Century

Keeping it Together: Ribbons and Tapes in the 18th Century

From a wedding scene to the court of Paris, to Jamaica to the Colonies… Outlander, and the 18th century, is bound together with ribbons and tapes.  Whether part of a marriage ceremony, a necklace (for a jet fish) or a bit of finery purchased as a token of love, ribbons and tapes hold the 18th century
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A Lady Wears Lace: Bree’s Mittens for her Lord John Grey’s

A Lady Wears Lace: Bree’s Mittens for her Lord John Grey’s

The historic record is pretty firm on two points: women in the 18th century did not drape themselves in knit shawls, and light, angora, lace, mittens.. weren’t part of the wardrobe either.   There’s a school of thought which argues that they did exist, they just didn’t make it into the inventories, paintings, or records
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