One of the difficulties of having researched a topic for several decades is the changes in technology. Slide film was replaced by digital cameras, but museums had restrictions on use of the photos. I can easily share images posted by museums, but often not the small details that I captured myself. I’ll do my best to share what I know through descriptions where I must.

I have also been a reenactor, but less lately since I discovered that the ground got harder. And my clothes shrank. I still enjoy visiting events if not dressing out myself as often, and will share my experiences and observations there.


Having researched stockings for the past 35 years, I figured it’s time to join the 21st century.


I’m Just Dyeing

Variegated colors of stockings are found in descriptions. Marbled, marled, speckled, clouded, mottled, and also two threads of different colors twisted together, are some found in 18th century sources such as the Pennsylvania Gazette. For some of these, a small amount of color goes a long way in adding some design. The General Carleton (GC) stockings and …

Stocking Priorities

Between the difficulty and expense of “perfect” accurate stockings, what are the priorities of choosing what to wear? What do people notice first about stockings, and in what order? With the help of Sue Felshin, Colleen Humphreys, and Sharon Burnston, we came up with an outline for a Hive talk in 2014. This is focused …