29 September 2004
28 September 2004
To make this sewing related, I did manage to get a bit of needlework done on the train.
27 September 2004
I also finished tracing the designs from the Warwick shirt and I've put them on linen. I will be taking them with me to do on the train tomorrow. Might get half of them donw if I'm lucky. I want to get a few done so I can give them to the Baroness on Saturday at Spring War in case she wants some to give out.
Melanie - can you let me know which pattern you wanted to use?? There is no problem with you using them. It's just if you tell me which ones you want, I can send you the patterns.
Linn - I know! Not the best shoes, but at least they are leather!
26 September 2004
If you look closely, you can see a faint blue line around the front seam, running around the bottom hem. I am going to embroider this. I will be using a variation of the pattern I used on the Anglo-Saxon tunic. This is from a Viking find and is in fact, believed to have been influenced by the Anglo-Saxon culture. Since I plan on wearing this with the Anlgo-Saxon tunic, it should be a good match. I had intended on doing it in green, but I think I will do it in yellow. I will be using DMC tapestry wool, so hopefully the work should go quickly. The coat only has one fastening, just below the neck line, where you see the neckling just kick in. I am hoping to talk to one of the members of my Barony, who makes Viking and Dark Ages jewellery. I am going to get a trefoil brooch to hold it closed.
BTW, I've added a picture of Adams' finished tunic below in the relevant post.
24 September 2004
The picture doesn't show the colours very well but gives an idea of the size.
23 September 2004
I ordered the wool yesterday afternoon and it arrived in the post today. I am very impressed with the very quick service from the shop. Luckily, they are right next door to the Post Office. I stayed up late last night and finished one of the two lines of embroidery. Just a few more hours to go and it will be finished. Might try and get it done tonight. That will get a major project out of the way.
We went shopping today and had lunch with Adam's parents. We ran into so many people it wasn't funny. I bought another pair of Colorado shoes today and a Colorado handbag. I am quickly becoming a walking Colorado advert!
22 September 2004
Now I know someone is going to say, but they probably need a minimum order etc etc. Yes, that does happen, but I get the feeling she was going to re-order this specifically cause I pointed out that they didn't have any. Now, if they actually kept an eye on their stock levels and ordered more efficiently it wouldn't be a problem.
So now, I have just ordered the needed skeins from a shop on the Internet and paid for Express Post. So with a bit of luck I should have it by the end of the week. However, since this isn't an online only shop, it may take a bit longer than that.
21 September 2004
19 September 2004
So tomorrow I start sewing in earnest. First cab off the rank will be the coat.
I've done another few hours on the cuffs. I hope to get them finished tonight. If so, then tomorrow night, it will be finishing off the tunic.
18 September 2004
On the embroidery front, I've done another six hours on the Anglo-Saxon cuffs. They should be finished by mid next week. The tunic will then be finished. Unless I decided to do the decoration around the hem. I think I will do this, but it won't be finished in time for Spring War.
Other projects I hope to get done are:
- Design, put pattern on fabric and frame up my Elizabethan sweetbag.
- Design and make up pattern for blackwork sleeves.
- Design, sew and make up three pairs of gloves for Kingdom A and S competition.
- Make up tunic for Adam for Spring War.
15 September 2004
I am getting very tempted to make this shirt. However, a couple of things are holding me back. I figure there is about 150 hours of stitching. Not that big a turnoff. But the other thing is, I don't like to copy directly from an existing item, I like to use it as an inspiration and adapt it to my needs. But I really like the design of this shirt, maybe I could add in additional motifs? Also, I am tossing up whether I should do it in the original red or go for black, partly for practical reasons, the red silk thread I use bleeds and the black doesn't.
13 September 2004
12 September 2004
I have done about 6 hours on my Anglo-Saxon cuffs so far. That makes them about 1/4 finished. So they seem to be going alot faster than the collar. I think its just cause its on a smaller frame and I can only see a bit at a time! Progress pics below.
The two cuffs, one in outline, the other filled in.
Detail of the split stitch filling.
11 September 2004
10 September 2004
9 September 2004
8 September 2004
7 September 2004
- Chasuble, 12th C - Located in Vienna (same set as below)
- Chasuble, 12th C - Located in Lavantal (same set as above)
- Cross on Chasuble, 14th C
- Doublet, 16th C
- Pluviale, 13th C
- Reliquary, 14th C
- Reliquary, 14th C
- Antependium, 14th C
- Fragment, 15th C
- Altar, 16th C
- Mitre, 14th C
- Mitre, 12th C
- Malterer Hanging, 14th C
- Casket, 14th C
Onto the next project, which at this stage is likely to be the cuffs for my Anglo-Saxon overdress. Just have to transfer the pattern to the fabric and dress the frame. That should be easily done tonight.
5 September 2004
4 September 2004
Well, early start this morning. I was up at 5am for the trip to Sydney. I managed to get a lift with a couple of other people so I managed to avoid having to get the train. Got to their house early and we left on time (I mention this because anyone who is familiar with the SCA will know that this is a miraculous event!). The trip was smooth and the people knew where they were going, so we didn't get lost.
We arrived a bit late but not too bad. The Guilds Ascension Day is basically where all the Guilds (Cooks, Scribes, Broiderers, Dance, Rapier etc) get together, have classes and just hang out. I stayed mainly with the Worshipful Company of Broiderers and I conducted a slide show of pre-16th Century embroidery. I'd found the slides in the library at work. We knew most of the works but did find a couple of piece that we had never seen or heard of before, so that was fun.
We had a bit of delay starting back home, but got away eventually, and they dropped me home which saved me waiting for the ferry. Was home by 8.30pm. A long, but enjoyable day.
3 September 2004
2 September 2004
The article looks at the way in which many scientific studies, may not be so scientific at all and how as academics get more expertise, they get less knowledge. As someone who works with academics every day, its a very interesting article and one that agrees with a few things that I have thought over the years.
1 September 2004
There are some interesting historical articles in there as well as practical information if you are just learning to sew.