Reconstructing History - In addition to a wonderful range of meticulously researched historical patterns (including Extreme Patterns embroidery patterns!), Reconstructing History carries paillettes, embroidery thread in silk and wool, silk ribbon, corset reed, hemp rope, period pins, books, and a bunch of other great notions. It's one stop shopping for the re-enactor!
Victoria's Images - A very talented wildlife photographer and a good friend, Victoria took a number of the pictures on this site. Check out her shop!
Marvellous Things-links useful to costume enthusiasts. I use the word "excellent" a lot - there's a reason.
Mode Historique - Sarah Lorraine's astoundingly lovely site, with some of the best information on French Hood construction I've ever read. Check out her site, and don't short out your keyboard with the drool! The Elizabethan Costuming Page - The biggest resource for Elizabethan costuming on the Web, and I don't say that just because she's linked to me. Maintained (excellently) by Drea Leed.
Gen's Page - The woman without whom you would not be perusing this site, since she helped me build it. Lovely project gallery, excellent research.
Kate's Corner - The research page of Kate Maunsel, OL. Lots of excellent information about various aspects of Elizabethan life.
The Victoria and Albert Museum - best if searched on large categories such as "embroidery" - many museums, and the V&A is no exception, use keywords that are not neccessarily intuitive, and if you get too specific, you may not find what you're looking for. The wider search, though more time-consuming, is often more rewarding.
Manchester City Galleries - An under-used resource of 16th and 17th century accessories, such as gloves and bags, and the location of a truly gorgeous blackworked jacket.
The Cleveland Museum of Art - an excellent textile resource. Check through their whole textile collection for pieces of 16th/17th century fabrics.
The British Museum - use their COMPASS search engine for their online collections. Not much clothing from England, but search on "Tudor England" and "Jewellry" (English spelling) for excellent small accessories. Also a good source of dress accessories from earlier times - they have the best collection of online images of Roman and Viking finds.
Museum Link - a collection of links to museums across the US, sorted by state.
The Embroiderers' Story at Plimoth Plantation - Come see a historic project as it unfolds - a 17th century embroidered jacket using materials correct to the period, including specially made threads that have not been manufactured in nearly 400 years. It's an exciting project, and they have featured my Maidstone jacket reproduction in their blog!
Stuff Me Like - Other sites and things that I'm interested/involved in.
Gardiner's Company of the Trayn'd Bandes of London - Our home away from home. An Elizabethan re-enactment group dedicated to the experimental archaeology aspect of research (we don't just go out into the woods and get drunk, we do it in splendid clothes with manly displays of sport. Sometimes we even dance). (That's me on the front page.)
Jamestown Settlement - My husband and I are volunteer interpreters at the Fort, along with other Gardiner's members.
Other random sites I enjoy -
Bunny - The webcomic of pertpetual bewilderment. Discover your inner bunny.
30-Second Bunny Theater - With somewhat of a theme developing, I must admit that this site makes me hiccup with amusement on a regular basis. The bunny version of Alien is particularly... something.
Gallery of the Absurd - Not usually bunny related, but you never know. Pop culture through the eyes of a very talented artist.
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