After a hiatus of several months, big and positive changes have taken place here at Long Branch! And they warrant some explaining, which is farrrr too long-winded for Facebook, so here’s a blog post explaining where we’re at and what’s happening. First, an answer to the question we’ve been getting most: WHERE have you guys… Continue reading The Times, They Are A-Changin’ (for the better!)
When we do markets, we get a lot of questions from newbies about how to get started. Particularly questions on making clothing. Getting started with this sort of thing can seem to be very overwhelming, so we’ve decided to make some blog posts addressing the more common questions in the hopes it can make things… Continue reading What is linen, and how do I get it? – Getting Started
When we do markets, we get a lot of questions from newbies about how to get started. Particularly questions on making clothing. Getting started with this sort of thing can seem to be very overwhelming, so we’ve decided to make some blog posts addressing the more common questions in the hopes it can make things… Continue reading Should I use wool, and how can I buy it? – Getting Started
The astute of you may have noticed that, recently, some minor changes have been going on about the website. Specifically, places where we have used the title “Long Branch Reenactment” being shortened to “Long Branch.” It’s not accidental – we’ve decided on making a change to Long Branch’s name, and here’s why: When Long Branch… Continue reading A Major Change for Long Branch!!
I’ve had a hard time choosing exactly how to go about dyeing wool blue. Previously, I have used commercial wool dyes to replicate suitable Viking Age colours, but the more I do this, the more I want to try dyeing with organic materials where possible. I’ve opted to use hand spun wool as much as… Continue reading Indigo vs Woad – What’s the difference?
A customer asked us a really good question in regards to one of our pieces, recently. It was a necklace I made for use with my own kit, and planned to make more for sale. Our customer asked if it was based on finds, or merely ‘inspired by’ Viking pieces, as they wanted to keep their own kit as accurate as… Continue reading On Replications and Inspiration
Something that gets my goat (not really, I don’t even have a goat. Hah! Who’s laughing now?) is the constant confusion when it comes to runes. I’ll make a blog post about it all at some point, but in short, what annoys me is the perception of runes as both a single alphabet and also as… Continue reading Book Review – Runes by Martin Findell
Honestly, I mostly wanted to try bladderwrack as a dye because of the name. It’s such an intimidating, nasty sounding name. Exactly the sort of thing one should brew up in a pot. At night. While dressed in black. A bit of research confirmed my suspicions: I should indeed use it! Bladderwrack, it seems, is also… Continue reading Bladderwrack
For the first time, I decided to give nettle dye a try. Nettles were found in Coppergate excavations, as well as in a paddock not ten minutes from my house, and we had some grey herringbone leg wraps that needed colouring, so it seemed like the thing to do. I’d like to say I was… Continue reading First Try Nettle Dye