liadethornegge: (embroidery)
I finally did it. I decided it was time to just knuckle down and finish the damn napkin already, and by golly I did it.

The project started before Double Wars two years ago, in 2012, when I was asked to be on the team of Countess Cecilia for a special tourney/fund raiser thing at Double Wars.

I was her artisan, tasked with making something, anything using the design of a rose with a dragon on top. I decided to make a quick little item, a square linen napkin. I hemstitched it all around prettily and then transferred the design to the fabric and started embroidering. The only problem was I chose to do the rose rather big - about 6 inches in diameter.

The thread is a 30/2 silk bought at the Handweavers Studio and Gallery in London and all outlines are chain stitch, while the rest of the bulk of the stitching is split stitch. I had my colours, but the rose was designed with a fade from red to yellow, which I thought I might do in long and short stitch. I tried it first on one petal but it was awful so I unpicked it and decided on just doing semi-circles with progressively less yellow and more red until I had made the transition from all yellow to all red.

My pattern-seeing brain needs to know where the stitches go and when, so the pattern is
7 yellow stitches, then 1 red, repeated to the end of the semicircle.
Then 6 yellow, 1 red,
then 5 and 1, then 4 and 1, then 3 and 1, then 2 and 1
then either 2 and 2, or 1 and 1
then 1 yellow and 2 red
then 1 and 3, then 1 and 4, then 1 and 5, then 1 and 6, then 1 and 7 and finally all red.

It worked very well where I had an uninterrupted field to stitch on, the problems began with the three petals which were not clear of Dragon limbs. One petal has a little too little red in it, but in all, I'm fairly pleased, and when I revealed it on facebook the winner of this item seemed pleased as well.

Yeah, the napkin was won in a raffle at Double Wars 2012, and it was there to be displayed, but I took it back with me to finish. It's been one of those little niggling projects that I really should have finished long ago, but when I didn't manage to do it by the deadline (on account of choosing such a large size!) it sort of got left behind.

Anyway, here are the pics:
Full frontal:
Slanted front, shows the silk shading better:
The back of the work looking a little messy:
A close-up of one of the nicer petals with shading:
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The big woolen embroidery that I designed to make kneeling cushions for my principality (Nordmark) has now finally been made into an actual cushion!

The embroidery has been finished for a year and a half, done on linen fabric donated by Kerstin Tygkrämare of www.medeltidsmode.se and with woolen threaddyed and donated by Lady Åsa vävare.

I supplied the polyfoam filling and black velvet fabric to go on the edges and on the back, and even did the very crude mark stitching on the back to indicate who made the cushion and when.

I am still undecided if they should be donated outright as regalia or if I should keep hold of them and bring them to events. They are ... sort of large.
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I've been doing a little bit of sewing and crafts the past couple of months. I have embroidered acorns and oakleaves on a chemise. A row down either arm and around the neckline of a 16th Century smock for Alfhild who has been working on creating a late period wardrobe for Twenty Years. It was a freehand pattern which I embroidered in running stitch using black buttonhole silk.

At Double Wars I agreed to embroider a set of collar and cuffs for Countess Cecilia. She had seen one of my other shirts with assissi style embroidery with long-armed cross stitch creating a pattern of coronets in the voids and she wanted a similar set.
A week after Double Wars she sent me a piece of the fabric she was using for the rest of the shirts and I prepared and embroidered on them using my 60/2 silk from the Handweaver's Studio in London.

Previously to this I'd agreed to make a landsknecht shirt for Mistress Johanna with smocking. She wanted one to use as a working shirt, to be washable. I got a nice 50/50 linen/cotton which I've used before with good results and made up most of the shirt in short order, then proceeded to procrastinate on the smocking until the embroideries above were done. This week, however, I picked the almost finished shirt up again and finished the gathering and smocking stitches. A simple honeycomb for the cuffs and a little more intricate pattern for the collar. It's made from a very simple pattern which I haven't tried before with shirts. The shoulders are all in a line with the side seam and the collar is all made from the front and back panels which are simple rectangles. No shaping anywhere, except for the smocking. These shirts have a tendency to tear at the shoulder points after a while, so I've tried to reinforce those points without going overboard and making it uncomfortable.
Left to do on this shirt is now two sets of ties and it will be all done. I will either deliver it via SCA post or bring it with me to Cudgel War. At Cudgel I will also try to deliver a second chemise, of a Cranach kind to Lady Kerttu. I have a gorgeous light linen from Stoff&Stil which I have yet to try to work with but which I am sure will be a joy to sew.

Yeah.. lots of projects and none for me. I did pick up some lovely chocolate silk at Double Wars which will become a basic kirtle for me. I guess I won't start that until after Visby Medieval Week though, as before all of that I have a wool applique project to do. We (Helwig, Isabetta, William and myself) are making a heraldic gown for our Crown Princess and I've got one half to do. The pieces are all cut out, and the two halves are ready for applique. Isabetta and me did the two long side seams at the sewing circle on Saturday, as well as cut out the applique pieces. Now that the smocked shirt is done this will be my project and I'll be aiming to finish it before I go up to the Frozen North. It has a deadline of before Pennsic, but the dress needs to be put together as well. While up north I will hopefully do the Cranach chemise to finish and bring with me to Cudgel War. Although it does not have a hard deadline I work better if I do set a deadline.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
I have started a smallish embroidery - a doodle-cloth for me to experiment with Elizabethan raised stitches. I drew it out a while ago, not sure when, to be a nightcap shaped pincushion. It'll be big-ish for a pincushion, but small enough that I will finish it in some sort of reasonable time.

I got a top of wool sent to me from Australia, and am using that to stuff the ground covering stitches, to make it raised. For normal leaves and the smaller items a very small amount of wool fills them up nicely. I just strung it up in my big slate frame because I got tired of my tiny round frames, and it is so much nicer to work embroidery on the proper frame.

For the most part I intend to outline with chain stitch which I can anchor the other stitches to, but I've done a couple of shapes with no outlines done first following the stitch diagrams in the book "Elizabethan Stitches" by Jacqui Carey.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
For a christmas gift for Mistress Helwig I decided I'd make her a little bag. Everyone needs at least one more bag.

In one of my fb groups about historical embroidery a lady was working on a brick stitch bag which was a gridded pattern with counted laurel wreaths on every other row of squares, and plans for charges from her own device in the other squares. I took the concept and ran with it.

I charted a pattern of my own from the picture she posted, as well as two different charges from Helwig's heraldry to do.

I used weaving wool from Borgs to do the gridwork. Green as outlines and fills with red and black wool, as well as a little blue and white 60/2 silk.

The grids are mostly filled in with 60/2 silk used double, except for two squares which I started in yellow wool before I came to my senses and switched to silk. I started the project before I had a firm idea. That should be a lesson for everyone: Plan before you execute.

The backgrounds are filled in with three patterns, all brick stitch. One two-four-two squares pattern, one two-four-six-four-two squares and the third is just mirroring the frame and shrinking. On the front of the pouch I did the heraldic patterns, on the back I just did the infills.

I also made tassles for the pouch. Four tiny ones along the bottom edge, and four larger ones. Two for the drawstrings that close the pouch, and two to anchor the carrying strap. The tassles are wool, the carrying string is silk, and the drawstring cords are wool and silk.

I lined the bag in linen, and for the drawstrings I left the ground fabric too long in the top, folded it down double and pushed an awl through the linen and pulled the strings in after. No oversewing or "proper" eyelets.



I've also been working on some medieval style bookmarks for the Gulf War giftbasket. Same kind I made for myself before christmas by using fifteen loops through a small rigid heddle. Weaving for a little bit and then braiding three cords with the loops at the end. The two edge cords are supposed to go just inside either cover, and the centre cord is the working bookmark so to speak.
liadethornegge: (website)
At long last I finished the update I had planned about my wax tablet/wood carving, plus some stuff on the society cv page, aka my persona section, plus a whole new article on embroidery.

I wrote an article for the January issue of the Dragon's Tale, which I was supposed to have written a long time ago. It's a write-up of the coif-set I made for Filippa. Anyway, it's published now, available in the DT and now also on my website.

http://hem.bredband.net/LiaThornegge/index.html
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I didn't want to sit at my vigil and just receive stuff, and I also wanted to make sure the people who came would remember it, so I decided early on that I'd have something to give out as well. I thought about embroidering something small for everyone, or producing a length of useful braid, but quickly realized that would take too long, and a cast pewter token would be better. So I talked to Master SvartulvR up in Frostheim who had the original for the silver necklace I wear all the time. It's in the shape of an inverted seeblatt inside a circle. I thought a variation of that would be to have the seeblatt, in the ring, and my new motto inscribed on the ring.

It turned out that explaining what I was giving out to people worked as an educational point for me all through the evening. My motto, for those who have missed it is: Facio, Disco, Gaudeo which means To create, to learn and joy/to enjoy.

What SvartulvR did was create two composite moulds with two tokens in each so I could cast four at a time, since my original estimate of the maximum amount I would need was 100 tokens. I know that is a much inflated number, but I wanted to be sure not to run out. In the end I made 72 tokens out of pewter I got from Sir Johann's stash of leftovers, and I gave out more than half - I haven't counted the ones I have left.

tokens

This is what they looked right cooling off from having just been cast. I bought a very sharp pair of snips and used that to cut off the plug and clean off the outside edge.

The embroidered bag is one I finished after Visby, lined with blue silk and was what I used to carry the tokens in. The embroidery was started in May 2010, but had stalled out after the silk was done (the red and blue bits). After Visby, instead of starting my vigil gown, I picked this embroidery up and finished it with the linen thread. I stitched it up and lined it with a scrap of blue silk in my stash. The holes for the drawstring are simply pushed through with an awl and the drawstrings pulled through. There is no stitching holding them open, following period examples. The holes should be as small as possible, and letting the fabric close up around the drawstring accomplishes that.
The drawstrings are fingerloop braids, 8 loops, four white and four blue, braided in a spiral pattern. My favourite style. They are not my colours, but it's a pretty bag even so.
liadethornegge: (website)
I updated my website with the embroidery I finished the other day. I also updated the last post with pictures.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
At the end of May in 2010 I started a brick stitch embroidery, just for fun, and because I had a lovely shade of red silk in my stash. I worked all the silk in fairly short order, but when I started with the linen to fill in the rest progress slowed considerably. It ground to a halt. The contrast between working in silk and waxed linen was too great and I lost all interest in finishing the project. But I kept it, of course, and after Visby medieval Week I took it down from the shelf and dusted it off and started again. So, after working diligently at it, I finished the embroidery on it on September 13, 2012.

The first thing I did after removing it from the frame was to take it to the sink to rince it out, because the linen at the start of the embroidery had gone an unhealthy yellowish colour which did not appeal. Unfortunately, as soon as I put it under the tap the red dye in the silk decided to go walkabout. It bled quite a lot! I ran as much water through it as I could and washed out the discolouration from the white linen and then called it quits. You can still see some of the red dye discolouring the white linen, but at least that is clearly from the red silk, and not from some other undefined source of unhealthy filth.




Now I have to make it up into a little bag, make a lining out of some leftover silk fabric, and make cords for closing and suspension out of matching silk thread. I plan on using the pouch during my vigil for (-cencored until after the vigil-).

I'll take some pretty pictures of the embroidery tomorrow in the daylight.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
I've got a big embroidery project planned. Well, actually, two of them. For both I need some high quality silk threads, as well as spangles and metal threads.

Anyway, today in the mail were four reels of Au Ver a Soie 100/3 silk thread (specifically from Sew&So - a gift from my Mother), and let me tell you it is gorgeous. Just absolutely gorgeous. So lovely I want to start working with it immediately. Only there is a deadline looming fairly soon which doesn't really give me room to start other, non-essential projects. So I won't. But I really would like to.
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I have been very bad about updating my livejournal. Partly because writing updates on facebook is much faster, partly because I've been working on "secret" projects so couldn't update continually without spoiling things. Partly because LJ has lost some of its readership to the aforementioned fb, me included.

My 39:th project: AoAAh well, there is plenty to talk about now then. I've done scrolls, quite a few.
I did a backlog scroll for Elisabeth Gottfridsdotter. She received her AoA at Midsummer Coronation in 2009 from Franz and Willhelmina, and this spring I took over the backlog and finished it for her as number 39 (here before gilding).

My 40:th project: Vita Portens Väktare40 (to the left), 41 and 42 were all given out at Nordmark Coronet (Stigot's VPV, SvartulvR and Elizabeth's viscounty) plus a prize scroll which I forgot to number it gets to be #47. It was the prize scroll for the A&S Competition, and went to Niamh.

#43 was a Court Barony with Grant of Arms for Felicitas Schwartzenbergin that she got upon stepping down as Gotvik Baroness at St Egon. I had no time to also make Clemen's CB scroll which irks me a little, but that's reality.

#44 was filling in the calligraphy on a blank scroll, Lali Ingermarsdotter received a Ljusorden (Nordmark A&S award) also given at St Egon.

The Queen (Siobhan) went off to an event down in Frankmark on her own and two gentles down there received Award of Arms, so Franck vom Berg and Carrisma vom Berg got scrolls 45 and 46. Thankfully I only had to do calligraphy for those as the Queen had a couple of blanks ready.

At Double Wars I was roped into some stunt scribing - doing calligraphy on two scrolls. One backlog for Eira and Torbjörn given to Hroald Pai (48) and a PCS for Vitus Flavius (#49). These two I have no pictures of at all unfortunately. I didn't have the wits about me to take pictures of them.

For Double Wars I also made a shirt for Sir William of Richwood's vigil, and a table-runner with his device, initials and a Knight's chain. I also half-finished a napkin with a Dragon Rose emblem. I chose to do a slightly too large rose to be able to finish it, so I am still working on it. Stigot won it in the raffle at the end of the war, so I know where it needs to end up :)

Backing up again, I finished a black (cotton) velvet 16th C gown for Nordmark Coronet Tourney which might be my new favourite item of clothing. It's wool-lined so nice and warm, it fits just right, and has sleeves. Plus it fills the slot of 'black velvet gown' that I've needed in my wardrobe. I wore it in the pretty dismal weather conditions at the Coronet and was not even a little cold where it covered me. And it looks pretty good too.


Silk painting: Finished flagDuring the Easter holidays we booked a little household activity: painting silk standards. Isabetta did most of the preparations and brought the paints, gutta, brushes, paper for templates and she and William purchased lumber for frames. Me and Edricus and Helwig and Johann rounded out the numbers and we worked pretty much a full day on Friday, Sunday and Monday to paint eight silk standards. We each made a personal one and me and Helwig cooperated to make two household standards with the remaining two bits of silk. Mine still needs to be hemmed and attach a sleeve to put it on a pole. William, Isabetta and Edricus' standards all flew at Double Wars, and the two household flags were set up in William's vigil tent and looked awesome.

I also made a little patchwork pouch for Kerstin of Medeltidsmode. The pincushion I made for myself was stuffed with fabric samples from her, and the remaining pieces of wool samples I made up into a little bag, lined it with more of her summer-weight wool and then I braided a silk drawstring for it. She liked it when I handed it over to her at Double Wars :) The only picture of that one though, is from a distance and not very good. Again, I finished it on site and forgot to take my camera out!

Lately I've been working on a bit of leather tooling. I took a class during Double Wars, and it de-mystified the craft for me and gave me the courage to try it. I'm going to enter my first piece in the Kingdom A&S Competition at Coronation. Just because I was already going to write documentation to go with it, and a deadline is sometimes a good thing. It's supposed to also be a "secret" project, so until it reaches the recipient I won't post photos. Also, it's not 100% finished either :)

And now, I will post the above, and go see about uploading photos to update this post with shortly.
liadethornegge: (vapen)
Wow, what an event. So many things that were almost too awesome for words. Mistress Isobel, aka [livejournal.com profile] attack_laurel was there, teaching awesome classes. The Hovdala day was awesome. So many cool people, and finally my apprentice brother, William of Richwood was made a Knight. Two of my secret projects were for him, a shirt, and an embroidered table runner. I don't know if I have photos of them though, as I finished them with very little time to spare!

Also, while at the event I finished a little bag I made from fabric samples from Medeltidsmode, lined with more of her wool and gave it to Kerstin who owns and operates Medeltidsmode. She is my go-to-gal for all of my SCA fabric needs.

I finished a mi-parti overlapping gown for the Crown Princess' daughter. Isabetta had the idea to give said daughter some ear-mufflers, but cover them in something nice. It ended up as an entire outfit with two hats, gloves, tunic and overtunic which me, Isabetta and Viscountess Anna made and gave to Her Royal Highness at the war.
Additionally I did calligraphy on two scrolls on site. One backlog from Eira and Torbjörn (for Ld Hroald Pai), and one last-minute PCS for Titus Flavius.

I've been gathering the photo-albums. So far most of them are on facebook, which can suck. But that is one reason to join fb for sure - people tend to post their photos there.

Double wars XXV  (Valai Almgren)
Double Wars 2012  (Racaire)
Double Wars 2012, flickr (Racaire)
Knäcke 25  (Arthur McGowan)
Photos from the SCA event "Double Wars XXV"  (Aleydis van Vilwoorde)
Double Wars  (Emelyne of Twynham)
Double Wars XXV  (Katheryn Hebenstreitz)
Katheryn's Photos on Picasa
Double Wars 2012  (Whilja af Gothia)
Double Wars 2012 (Delphina Bearcat)
Knäcket 2012 (Silwa av Svaneholm)
Doubel Wars 2012 (Carola de Flintebeke)
Double Wars 2012 (Röd Grön)
Double Wars 2012 (Isabetta del Verde)
Double Wars XXIV 2012 (Izabella del Cacco)
Double Wars XXV 2012 (Wilda Frejasdotter)
Double Wars XXV (Danel Udalshou)
Double Wars 2012 (Duarte Goncalvez)
Double Wars in Drachenwald (Yara)

Yes, mine will come eventually.
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I've done a ton of scribing lately. For Nordmark Coronet I made Stigots VpV (Nordmark fighting award) as well as the A&S prize writ, which went to Niamh.
I also did the viscounty scrolls for SvartulvR and Elizabeth, as it was their stepping down. I've also finished and sent out a backlog AoA for Lady Elisabeth Gottfridsdotter, and did calligraphy for one scroll for last weekend, Lali's LjO (principality A/S award). As well as Felicitas Court Barony/Grant of Arms scroll, which was extra fun to do. I also did the calligraphy on two blank scrolls, a couple of AoAs to be handed out by Their Majesties next weekend.

I should have photos of all of these items in my camera. But with having installed Ubuntu on my own laptop I haven't tried downloading pictures from the camera yet, so I can't produce them.

I have also finished the black velvet gown which I wore at Nordmark Coronet Tourney. I even remembered to get some nice pictures taken. I just haven't uploaded them anywhere.

A lot of progress on projects, in other words, but no pictures as yet.

I am now looking forward to Double Wars where I have three projects due (sort of secret all of them, so only sewing circle people get to see them before they're done). But I am also going to be working on a Nordmark regalia project at Double Wars. I found the perfect fabric to use as a ground for a pair (possibly) of kneeling cushions for Nordmark. The linen is very coarse, and open so you can embroider it easily with woolen yarn. The fabric was donated to the project by the lovely Kerstin of Medeltidsmode, and when myself and Helwig asked Åsa vävare for advice on the yarn to use, she offered to dye and donate the yarn needed for the project. This yarn was delivered to my address yesterday and it is looking gorgeous, let met tell you. So I will be working on finishing the design for the cushions, and during Double Wars this will be my active project. The goal with this project is to have something finished by next Coronet Tourney, which should happen in November or December. That is so far only a starting goal, and if I don't finish in time I won't weep, nor will anyone else. But it's good to have some sort of deadline to work towards.
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I am still a little foggy as I've been well struck-down with a cold after the Coronet Tourney my shire put on this weekend. But I have some things to report.

Firstly, the pincushion cube is completely finished and put to use already, and it's working out just as well as I had hoped. And the side with raised embroidery worked out even better, because I can store sewing needles through the raised bits, without them falling out, or disappearing into the cube. Double-score. Although my next pincushion will be a little bit shorter, and twice as wide as it is deep, and I will design the raised embroidery better to catch the tips of needles.

Secondly, I did three scrolls for this weekend, one Principality level fighting award for Lord Stigot, and the viscounty scrolls for the departing couple SvartulvR and Elizabeth. I did all three in a grant letter style, so basically all calligraphy. For Stigot's I did paint a white portal in the initial letter, though, using fake gold leaf which I just got and had to try out.

For the Viscounty scrolls I doodled in the initial letter, and added a few personal touches in the scrollwork. I also made them on real parchment. I'm pleased with the results for all three, and the recipients seemed to appreciate them :) They only lack seals, and I know SvartulvR has a kit to attach it to theirs. I might see if I can talk to someone local to add it to Stigot's.

I also finished a new dress for this weekend. I bought a black cotton velvet bedspread in Morjärv once upon a time... thinking I could turn it into a 16th Century gown, and I finally did. Most construction seams are done on the machine, and I patterned the bodice after my red kirtle which I adore. And since I wore the black gown all day Saturday with no discomfort or ill effect I now also adore this black one. I had a beige and black trim in my stash which I decorated the bodice with, also as a decoration around the hem, and down the seams in the sleeves. Ah, yes, it is long-sleeved, square necked, and has a slight dip in the front bodice where the skirt lies flat. The back panel of the skirt is gathered using knife pleats all pointing towards the centre back. For once I also remembered to have someone take nice photos of me in the new dress :)

I unfortunately do not have pictures of these items ready to post yet. But figured I should update this poorly neglected blog with some happy news.

At Nordmark Coronet Tourney and Aros Spring Sword and Buckler II our little household grew! Helwig took a fourth apprentice in Lady Isabetta del Verde. Which was awesome.

And I got to see Viscountess Filippa's gift-wrapping-paper dress of much bling and there was joy.

Also - no longer a lady-in-waiting! Yay! Although I loved serving SvartulvR and Elizabeth - they are good people.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
I've pretty much finished the work on my new cube pincushion and have today stuffed it with off-cuts of wool (taken off sample pages from www.medeltidsmode.se) and closed it up. Only it's not exactly a cube. I added a line of plain fabric between each pattern and when I stitched the cross shape together on four edges there is a doubling of space between the sides, while on the other eight edges there's just a single space. Which means it's not exactly a cube, but fairly close.

I also knew when I started that I wanted to finish the edges with trim, or braid or similar string-decoration. Either braided or fingerlooped. Probably fingerlooped. I have just started and made the first lace to go on there, but it's not very wide, because the silk thread is fairly thin, so I will have to apply several rows of the lace. I think it's going to look good in the end. At least I hope so :) I have photos of all the finished sides, except the Drachenwald populace badge.
Pics... )
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Although last Saturday wasn't an official sewing circle day I still went over to The Laurel to get some help with fitting, as the black velvet petticoat had progressed at home to the stage where that was needed.

At the first sewing circle of the year I cut it out, at home I cut the bodice to the same pattern as my red wool petticoat, a little larger though. And then I made two half-front panels with boning channels in. I stitched them to the shell and interlining in one parallel line and one oblique, which will be covered with a nice trim eventually. After I stitched them in I could finally lace the bodice on, and Helwig helped me in deciding the waistline. I had to take up the back a full inch, and in the sides I took it up 1/8th of an inch.

The state of the project now is that I actually have to decide what to use to line the skirt - the options are plain linen, shiny brocade and thin wool which I have in the stash already, or acetate which I would need to buy. I'm leaning towards the brocade for the skirt and wool for the bodice. Will make a decision before Saturday's sewing circle.

Now for the second new project of the year, which is an embroidery piece. Last summer I planned out a 5x5x5cm pincushion cube with embroidery on all six faces, and I even prepared the ground fabric for it. It's been collecting dust on my shelf for a good long while now. So on Sunday I took it down, and mounted it in the table-mounted round frame and started in! The first side I made is the Nordmark populace badge, which I executed in brick stitch in the 30/2 silk threads I got in London.
The second side I stitched in the same silk,outlining the two letters L T in stem stitch in green, and filling in the background in an all-over brick stitch (pattern by Kathy Storm) using black, white and green. The letters themselves are currently empty, but I'm considering how to fill them in, and if I even ought to fill them in.
The third side which I just started last night after scribal night is going to be my own arms, I'm doing that by outlining the colour areas with stem stitch, and filling in the colours in solid brick stitch taken over 4 threads, offset 2 threads per row. I started with the two white seeblätter, and stopped at the beginning of the black seeblatt.
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... can be found on flickr, as usual. Please comment, and share the link if you like.

I've also uploaded some photos of the embroidery, bag and tunic I made for SvartulvR's vigil presents. He chose to be elevated wearing my tunic, for which I am very much honoured. I have it back now to add more embroidery to that as well, but I will work as fast as I can, and try to be finished with it for Kingdom University which is in three weeks.

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A thought

Sep. 9th, 2011 03:09 pm
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
OK, so I have this crazy idea. The event Garden of Earthly Delights happens to be all about a Faire where you sit and do your crafts in an awesome environment where other people are getting their geek on. I've been pondering what I can do there, and the only thing I can really think of is embroidery. Nothing small and dainty, you understand, but yeah also kind of. I am thinking it would be fun to be working on my fourth set of coif and forehead cloth, which will be for myself.

Of course, that means that I will have to design it first. And gather the materials, and actually mount it in the frame and get started. And also travel with an over-sized fragile embroidery frame as carry-on luggage.

Wouldn't it be cool? But also very inconvenient and annoying. But what else should I do there? I'm sure all my time could be taken up as lady-in-waiting as well, since I'll be travelling with the Prince and Princess of Nordmark. Although it'll be out of their jurisdiction, so they shouldn't have too much business to deal with themselves.

ETA: And if I'm making myself a coif set I will need spangles, right? Right.
liadethornegge: (woe)
Somebody, who, when making a cotton/linen blend shirt, feels the need to pull threads to cut exactly on grain, stitches exactly on grain using waxed linen thread, and when felling the seams feels compelled to do it with red silk embroidery.
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Aah, Double Wars. My favourite event in the Whole Knowne World!

The trip there went smoother than expected after we discovered we'd be ten scadians on the same train to Hässleholm. We managed the 3D-tetris that is luggage racks after some head-scratching.

Going by train from Aros was me, Mistress Helwig, Anna Nilsson with daughters Tove and Arina, Lady Alvhilde with two sons, Lord Styrbrjörn Bärsärk and Lady Ragnhild Leifsdotter. We're not the people with the smallest amount of luggage.

Anyway, the train ride was nice and relaxing, and I managed to snooze while I shared headphones with Helwig: we were listening to an audio book.

At Hässleholm Anna and Alvhilde had arranged the rent of a people-carrier. It had seats for nine, we were eight, and there was plenty of space even for our epic pile of luggage.

Notable happenings at Double Wars: Filippa could finally accept a green belt from Mistress Helwig. Stigot got a red belt from Sir Brendan. Magnus got awarded the White Portal. Meisterinne Katheryn Hebenstreitz, OP, was elevated to the Order of the Laurel. Viscount Arngrim Biornsson changed his name to Armand d'Alsace and was knighted. Master Måns Knutsson Kotte was also knighted - from the King's privy chamber (tent) as the King was injured and could not get up to court.  Several lovely people got Panaches, Genevieve and Robert each got a permanent heraldic title, and so much more I can't remember it all.

Other things: I finished and delivered four napkins, and sundry for Mistress Katheryn's Laurel vigil and she was mighty pleased. See image below and following images in the album.
From Giftbasket

I finished and handed over the V&A reproduction coif-set to Viscountess Filippa. The one with silver thread embroidery. I also entered it in the A&S competition and won Queen and Princess' choice. I also assembled it fully. Although it needs to be half dis-assembled again for the lining to be put in. I left that step for Filippa to do herself. We tried it on her head briefly. See image below and following images in the album.
From Embroidery

I'm still working on editing the photos I took at the event. Soo many. I will keep you posted.

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