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Developing Your Persona Shelters Clothing: Men,
Women & Children
Accoutrements Furniture 18th C. Skills
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Developing a Persona


  • An Introduction to 'Trekking' - by Curt Schmidt

  • Getting Started - Developing a Persona - by Wynne Eden

  • 'Creating a New Person from Scratch' - basic outline to help develop your persona

  • Worksheet to help develop and flesh-out your persona - by Cathy Johnson

  • Keeping Track of Yourself - a method of record keeping - from Swanny

  • Were They All Shorter Back Then? - by Carolyn Freeman Travers, Research Manager at Plimouth Plantation

  • Reading, Writing, and Speaking in the 18th Century



  • Shelters


  • How to build your own diamond fly tent

  • Another set of instructions for making a diamond

  • An interesting article and pictures on different ways to set up a diamond

  • 35 DIFFERENT ways to set up a shelter with ONE tarp! (And a WHOLE lot more information!)

  • An article on building a wickiup

  • How to Build a Log Cabin

  • How to Build Log Cabin Walls

  • Mountain Man Camping



  • Clothing: Men and Boys


  • A dictionary of 18th century clothing terms

  • Some notes on Men's Civilian clothes in the 18th century

  • What should I wear??

  • "What Voyageurs Wore

  • "The Well Dressed Explorer"

  • How to sew an 18th century men's shirt

  • And another pattern with some history, details and instructions

  • And one more really good one!

  • Special Clothes for LITTLE ones

  • How to fingerweave a sash

  • More fingerweaving instructions and patterns

  • Clothing: Women and Girls


  • What should I wear??????

  • How to sew a woman's or girl's 18th century shift

  • This one helps with all sorts of other information too.

  • Here's another pattern you can try

  • How to make women's 18th century stays

  • Another set of instructions

  • Please, oh PLEASE, don't use that little vest looking thing! Here's why....

  • "Of Gowns, Jackets, 'Shortgowns', and Bedgowns: What Should I Really Be Wearing?" by Sue Felshin

  • Information and Instructions to make a Bedjacket

  • A period painting and instructions to make a shortgown

  • Here are some more really great instructions!

  • How to sew an 18th century petticoat (skirt)

  • Here is some more information on the petticoat

  • Every lady needs a head covering! Here are some wonderful directions on how to make one!

  • Information on women's headcoverings

  • More information on styles of caps and what we know of them.

  • From Colonial Williamsburg - women's clothing items *Notice the item on hats*

  • Instructions on making felt hats - *Look in the 'Skills' area for instructions on making felt

  • A felt hat using standard fabric store craft felt

  • One method for making a lady's straw hat

  • Making a straw braid hat in one piece

  • Making Straw Braid Crowns and Brims on Wood Hat Blocks

  • All sorts of things to know about aprons

  • Simple instructions for making an 18th century apron. (Just don't use the glue!!!)

  • Ooooo! Fans from the 18th century!

  • Special Clothes for LITTLE ones



  • Accoutrements


  • Accoutrements from Muzzleloader Magazine

  • How to make a haversack

  • How to make a snapsack to carry your stuff

  • How to make a shooting pouch

  • How to make a market wallet

  • How to make a canvas knapsack

  • A second style of knapsack, used by Butler's Rangers in 1779

  • How to fingerweave a sash

  • More fingerweaving instructions and patterns

  • How to carve a wooden spoon

  • How to carve a wooden dough bowl

  • Tinsmithing for Those With More Than the Usual Number of Thumbs, by J. Gottfred

  • Making a Copper Trade Kettle

  • How to make a powderhorn

  • Make a gourd canteen

  • How to make a leather bottle



  • Furniture


  • Sketches and notes on the camp stools used by General George Washington

  • A 6-plank chest/stool designed by David Brown, aka Cornelius Doghearty

  • A really cool folding camp bed/chair

  • A Trestle table pattern

  • A 14th century trestle table - history, pattern & building instructions

  • Plans for a folding table

  • Another set of plans for a folding table

  • A Simple wooden bench

  • An interesting chair pattern

  • A "Folding" Slat Chair

  • A Small Stool

  • A very primitive/rugged stool

  • Plans for a folding stool

  • Another version

  • A Wooden Chest, put together with pegs!

  • The same chest, more accurately done

  • A really nice one - more modern instructions/design

  • Plans for a rope bed

  • And another one

  • Plans for an early American cradle

  • One version of a Kitchen Box



  • Men's/Woods Skills


  • The first part of an article on trapping

  • The second part of the trapping article

  • Mountain Man Camping

  • Wilderness survival skills

  • A series of videos on how to build a fire

  • Or try this series

  • How to start a fire by friction

  • Using a bow drill

  • YouTube video - How to start a fire with flint & steel

  • Another from Google Video

  • A video series from Expert Village on how to track animals

  • More on tracking - to include pictures of tracks

  • Outdoor Action Guide to Animal Tracking

  • 18th & early 19th Century Navigation

  • How to Build a Birchbark Canoe

  • A Braintan Short Course - by Ken Purdy and Wynne Eden

  • Tanning Deer Hids and Small Fur Skins

  • Braintanning

  • Hair-on Tanning

  • A series of videos on tanning

  • Making Cordage

  • Native American Cordage - from NativeTech.org

  • 1st in a series of videos on Making Cordage from plant fibers - the others are available as links off this page

  • Making Nets

  • Ladies' Skills


  • Crewel Embroidery - some history and examples

  • Basic Crewel Embroidery Stitches

  • A Dictionary of Stitches for Hand Embroidery and Needlework

  • Paper Quilling Instructions

  • Another set of Quilling instructions with other shapes

  • More quilling shapes

  • How to Spin from The Joy of Handspinning - Videos, tips, etc.

  • Spinning with a Top-Whorl Drop Spindle

  • A Video series on how to handspinning from YouTube

  • How to weave a basket

  • How to weave a reed basket

  • How to render and refine tallow and lard - excerpts from A Practical Treatise on Animal and Vegetable Fats and Oils, 1896

  • How to render lard (and tallow)

  • Dry Rendering of Tallow & Lard

  • How to make lye from wood ash

  • Making homemade lye

  • Making lye from ash - Video

  • How to Make Soap - from The American Housewife published 1841

  • Colonial Soapmaking

  • How to make Soap

  • Video series on making lye soap

  • How to make Tallow candles

  • To make Home-made Tallow Candles - from Encyclopedia Of Practical Receipts And Processes published 1872

  • How to make hand-dipped beeswax candles

  • Making bayberry candles

  • How to make Homemade Bayberry candles

  • 'HOW TO' Instructions for natural fibers - from All Fiber Arts.com

  • How to make felt

  • "Dye History from 2600 BC to the 20th Century"< - by Susan C. Druding

  • Making & Using Natural Dyes

  • How to Mordant Cotton and Linen Prior to Dyeing

  • A Simple recipe for making an alum mordant

  • A Brief Introduction to Flax Processing - by Elizabeth Rump

  • How to make a hand-tied broom

  • How to make a cobweb broom

  • How to Make a Broom



  • 18th Century Sewing Skills


  • 18th Century stitches and sewing techniques

  • How to measure for a pattern

  • Basic Pattern Drafting

  • How to make 18th century covered buttons

  • How to sew an 18th century worked button hole

  • Instructions sheet for making Dorset orThread buttons

  • More information and styles of Dorset buttons from 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make by Nancy Nehring

  • How to sew eyelet holes

  • How to do a burn test to check the fiber content of your fabric



  • Occupations & Trades


  • Colonial Occupations

  • An 18th Century Trades Sampler - Colonial Williamsburg

  • 18th Century Secrets in Arts, Trades, and Crafts - An original work of 1809

  • Basic Tinsmithing

  • Making a Copper Trade Kettle

  • Papermaking on the Isle of Wight

  • Traditional Papermaking

  • The Art of Paper Making - from Handicraft For Boys, published 1918

  • The Great Cotton-Rag Paper Myth

  • Bookbinding for Beginners - 1914

  • Bookbinding: A Tutorial

  • Bookbinding and The Care of Books - 1902

  • A series of videos on blacksmithing

  • Tanning Deer Hids and Small Fur Skins



  • Toys & Games


  • How to play 18th century games

  • How to make a whirligig

  • How to Make Benjamin Franklin's kites!

  • How to play marbles and make your own

  • The game of Loo - "A mild or bitter game of scant renown"

  • The game of Brag

  • The game of Gleek - Classic game of tricks and bluff for three

  • The Game of Gleek - Another source

  • The Game of Five Card Cribbage

  • The Game of Basset

  • Grand Trick-Track

  • Backgammon

  • The Rules of Draughts

  • The Game of Tip Cat

  • The Game of Picket

  • The Game of Faro

  • Laugh and Lie Down

  • Nine Man Morris

  • Shut the Box

  • Glückhaus

  • Nine Pins

  • Bowl and Dice

  • The game of Old Maid

  • The game of Rounders

  • All Fours

  • The Game of Chuck-farthing

  • Hazard

  • The Game of Whist

  • Going to Boston

  • How to play Farkle

  • More on Farkle

  • Booklet on Farkle



  • Other 18th Century Entertainments


  • The History of Tea-time

  • Another source for History of Tea in Britain

  • Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate in Early Colonial America

  • Tea Caddies & Tea

  • An antique Rolled paper (or "Quillwork") Tea Caddy - With beautiful close-up pictures!

  • 18th Century music and dance

  • How to dance an 18th century country dance



  • Reading, Writing & Speaking


  • How to read 18th century writing

  • The 18th century alphabet... and that funny "f" looking "s"!

  • 18th Century Copperplate Handwriting

  • Samples of Handwriting from 1795 - 1838

  • How to read 18th century documents

  • Quill pens the 18th century way

  • How to say hello in the 18th century! (And how to properly address someone you're talking to!)

  • How to speak 18th century

  • The Most Common 18th Century Greetings and Farewells

  • How to cut quills from feathers

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