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So, did Aethelflaed wear bloomers?

So, did Aethelflaed wear bloomers?

So, did Aethelflaed wear bloomers? That's what I want to know! All that horse riding, and time spent around her armies... surely she embraced a few 'manly' ways. She'd not have ridden side saddle, so how did she protect herself? We know that men sometimes wore 'braies' or soft leather against their tender parts. Maybe Aethelflaed also wore leather ... We know so little about women's underwear in bygone days. If they ever actually wore undergarments, its likely the fabric was linen and will have, over time, perished into non existence. And how did Aethelflaed and other women of her...

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Khadi. It's more than just a cotton.

Khadi. It's more than just a cotton.

  Khaadi. Khadi. Khaddi..... Is basically a hindi word meaning 'hand spun cloth'. Of course, it didn't originally need a name because all cloth was hand spun, but if there was a time that it got its 'label', then the origin was probably Bangladeshi. It is a hand spun, hand woven, natural fibre. Most Khadi is pure cotton, but some has silk or wool fibres woven into the yarn. It can feel fine, and the silk gives a cool, slight sheen. Wool fibres add a different feel again. It can also be heavy enough to have a texture of a...

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Putting Imbolc Energy Into St Valentine's Day.

So, what do you do for St Valentine's Day? Me neither! I've had the occasional romantic and thoughtfully original Valentine's gesture, and that's pleased me enormously. But is there really much thought put into a Hallmark Card and a box of Milk Tray? Does it make us feel good to give something so 'cheap'? Does it make us feel valued and loved to receive it? The history surrounding our celebration of St Valentine's Day is quite unclear. There were a few notable Valentines in 3rd and 4th century. One of whom secretly performed marriage ceremonies for Roman soldiers, when marriage...

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The Link Between Bloomers and Women's Suffrage.

Amelia: The link between bloomers and women's suffrage. I took my Witch's Britches to the Wychwood Forest Fair earlier this year. It was one of the best fairs I'd attended in a long while, and the perfect blend of country show and vicar's tea party (The latter possible only because the sun shone so gloriously). My stall was situated opposite a most inspiring woman who displayed heavy horses that she worked, single-handedly, in forests and woodlands of Wales. But, I digress...             As I slowed at the entrance to the ground that morning, gave my...

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The magic of my circular sock machine

  Meet my circular sock machine... It's a British turn-of-the-century antique Cymbal machine. The photo here, shows a cylinder with 86 upright needles. This one was beautifully cleaned and oiled for me. As a complete beginner, I was advised to buy a brand new machine, as they don't present so many quirky challenges. But this antique machine is just stunning, isn't it? It sits in my sitting room and doesn't look out of place at all. This means I can sit and crank when I fancy, and I don't have to set up and put away every time I work....

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