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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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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A Bonnie Scottish Bonnet

A Bonnie Scottish Bonnet

Knitting was just made for audio books, but Outlander, or rather the 18th century, is woefully short of knitted garment inspiration. It isn’t that they didn’t know how to knit a garment, small shirts were knit for infants and children, but knitwear was not fashionable.  Furthermore, home knitters during this period can barely keep their
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18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

18th Century Hand Pomade for Winter: A Hand Cream Recipe

I’ve been using Claire’s Cold Cream for a couple of weeks now, and I’m still amazed at how well a 1779 recipe for cold cream performs in 2013.  It makes a lovely night face cream, and easily substitutes for any body cream I’ve used, leaving appendages smooth and silky.  It’s quite impressive. What it won’t do is hold
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