Landsknecht Guild

February 2, 2010


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Clothing – Research and Inspiration

Our own Magda on Pinterest. Whenever possible Magda tries to pin from Museum sites, or at the very least, link back to Wikipedia so you can do further research on a particular image.
Yahoo German Renaissance Costume group . E-mail list, which seems to be largely defunct, but the archives are still useful.
German Renaissance Clothing on Facebook It’s a small group, and not particularly active, but it’s about the only German focused costume group I’ve found on Facebook so far.
Elizabethan Costuming on Facebook A large, heavily moderated group. Their focus is English/Elizabethan, but there is a wealth of knowledge in this group.
The Curious Frau (Marion McNealy)
Curious Frau on Pinterest
Curious Frau on Facebook
Katafalk blog(Cathrin Åhlén) Swedish reenactor who has many useful tutorials.
The Frazzled Frau
Extreme Costuming(Laura Mellin, AKA Attack Laurel)

Fabric and Notions

Article by Drea Leeds – What fabric should I use? Gives a good overview of the various fabrics available and how modern fabrics compare to historical fabrics.
The Elizabethan Costuming group on Facebook maintains a list of fabric vendors.

Linen Sources

You want to use linen for your underclothes (Hemd, coifs, veils). Through experience we’ve learned that it does not wear well for outerwear (especially hosen) as it does not stretch like wool cut on the bias does.
Dharma Trading Company- 3.8oz linen is suitable for smocks, shirts, & caps.
Fabric Lets you sort by color and weight. Buy the 3 oz linen for veils, the 4 oz linen for body linens, and the 6-7 oz linen for outerwear.
Burnley and Trowbridge
Grey Line Linen
Osgood’s textiles
Renaissance Fabrics
William Booth Draper

Wool Sources

You want to make the majority of your garments in wool, because it’s more authentic and for safety reasons as you’ll be working around campfires and firearms. Many modern wools are now blends. Try to find the highest percentage of wool that you possibly can, because synthetics will melt while wool self-extinguishes when exposed to flame. If you’re worried about overheating, look for tropical weight wool, which is quite lightweight.
Osgood’s textiles- If you’re anywhere near New England, it is worth taking a drive to Osgood’s. They have more wool than any other store in the country. And 3 million yards of fabric in stock.
Burnley and Trowbridge
William Booth, Draper
Bird Brain Designs carries 13 oz. per yard, 100% virgin wool for rug hooking, but has a wide variety of colors and sells by the yard. Woolrich reseller.
B Black and Sons
Denver Fabrics
Fabric Mart
Period Fabric
Renaissance Fabrics
Woolrich has a wide variety of colors, but the minimum order for the fiber arts woolens is 5 yard and 15 yard bolts. But if you can get together with a couple of friends, you could order.
And for the discerning reenactor, Karl Robinson Dyer in the UK, does small lots of hand dyed woolens. Beautiful!

Silk Sources

Pure Silks – A source for silk brocade. Just be sure to check the fabric content before you order, because despite the company name, they carry cottons and synthetics.
Thai Silks – Source for silks and silk/rayon velvets.
Sator- Purveyors of fabulous historic reproduction textiles. They can be pricey, but worth noting as they are one of the few sources currently reproducing period silk brocades.


Historic Enterprises (Medieval/Renaissance)– Hooks and eyes, garters, points, etc. Their stock varies, so try back.
Burnley and Trowbridge (18th century) – awls, bodkins, thread winders, boning, hooks and eyes, lacing rings, pins, etc.
William Booth, Draper (18th century) – linen and wool twill tape, linen and silk threads, horn buttons, lacing rings, etc.

Landsknect Patterns

Reconstructing History
• RH 501 – Saxon (Cranach) Gown
• RH 502 – Landsknecht Wams and Hosen
• RH 503 – Waffenrock
• RH 504 – Kampfrau or Common Woman’s Gown
• RH 505 – German Accessories
Period Patterns
• PP 46 – Women’s German Puff-and-Slash
Smock pattern generator for a custom fit Elizabethan smock.

Clothing – Assembly

Also see Magda’s Pinterest “tutorials” board for links to many more handy tutorials.
Reconstructing History blog posts about basic hand stitching. RH also sells downloadable period sewing guides.
Laura Mellin’s article on Sewing Seams
The Renaissance Tailor’s article on Hand Sewn Eyelets
The sempstress’s tutorial for Hand Worked Eyelets with lots of photos.
Elizabethan Costume article about various styles of Period Pleats
Elizabethan Costuming tutorial for Cartridge Pleating
Laura Mellin’s Cartridge Pleating 101
The Renaissance Tailor’s Cartridge Pleating Tutorial
Jennifer Rosbrugh’s 5 tips for cartridge pleats.
Our own Hauptman’s tips on Slashing 101
How to properly Spiral Lace your gown.

Clothing – Shoes

Curious Frau’s article Shoes in 16th Century Germany
While one of the most distinctive things about the Landsknecht is their Kuhmaul (“cow mouth”) and “bear paw” shoes, as it turns out, when you really start to look at the original sources, the Landsknecht soldiers and their women wore a wide variety of shoe styles. Most reenactors want to wear Kuhmaul, so here are the vendors that we’ve used in the past.
Westland Crafts in Pakistan does bulk orders for as few as six pairs of shoes, and you can mix and match styles. You can’t order via the web page (even though it looks like it). But they’re very inexpensive and we’ve done multiple orders through them. Click “Tudor / Landsknechte Shoes” to view their Kuhmals.
Bohemond Bootmaker makes excellent, affordable shoes. Several of our members wear these.
Native Earth - Scroll down to Landsknecht (custom shoes only). Expensive, but if you have hard-to-fit feet, it’s worth it. And I know at least one person who has been wearing their Native Earth Landsknecht shoes for over a decade.
Medieval Design has several lovely period shoe styles including a 16th century slipper that is suitable for Landsknect. (This is an Italian site, click the English flag to view the site in English.)
NOTE: After hearing from multiple sources that Revival.US does not pay their suppliers, we can no longer recommend them as a source for Landsknecht shoes. (NOT to be confused with Revival Clothing, an entirely different, and reputable, vendor.)

Material Goods/ Reenactment goods

These are the vendors we keep coming back to again and again for reenactment goods. – Almost all the Guild tentage is from Tentsmiths, because they’re local to us. – Carries a wide variety of goods, and their stock changes frequently. – Carries a wide variety of goods for medieval and renaissance. Useful for more generic clothing like braes, coifs, and hosen. Pewter goods and pilgrim’s badges.
And some 18th century vendors that we frequent. Some things, like cooking pots, just don’t change that much over the centuries. Colonial era copper goods at fantastic prices. Colonial era copper goods.

Food / Cooking / Recipes

Medieval recipes – categorized by country
List German medieval cookbooks online, notes if they’ve been translated to English or not.
The Food Timeline
Alia Atlas’s translation of Daz buoch von guoter spise (1345 – 1354)
David Freidman’s translation of Das Kochbuch der Sabina Welserin (c. 1553)
Gode Cookery – Medieval Recipes
SCA site that includes menu for a German feast.
Old Recipes from the Bavarian Inn River Valley (East Bavarian, 15th or 16th Century) Translation by Volker Bach, (c) 2003 (SCA: Giano Balestriere)
Das Kochbuch des Meisters Eberhard ( The Cookbook of Master Eberhard) South German, Mid-15th century or slightly later. Translation by Volker Bach (c) 2002 (SCA: Giano Balestriere)

Merchants – Weapons

Arms and Armor
By the Sword

Miscellaneous Useful Links

Gerry and Julie’s Landsknecht page – List of 16th century German Names, for when you have to name yourself.
Landsknecht study questions
Merchant who has some beautiful photos of landsknecht collectibles.

German Language Resources

Article – The Web Way to Learn a Language
Rosetta Stone
Free Rice – You can make a charitable donation while you brush up on your existing German vocabulary.
And if you just want to learn more about Germany, visit Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster.

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