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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.
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My formal title of Shirt-maker remains. Although this time not for anyone high and mighty, but instead absolutely lovely.

The last four years a very lovely lady has picked me, Helwig and our luggage up from the train station in Hässleholm and delivered us the final stretch to Double Wars. She does so selflessly and happily, and it's about time we make her something nice. So I suggested a shirt, which she can use to build her 16th century wardrobe on.

I got her measurements sometime in the fall, but was too busy with vigil and things to do anything about it. And then also working to prepare for Spring Crown. Now, there is an open vista leading up to Double Wars and I have looked through my stash and found a cut of linen (#42) which when cut up went perfectly into a shirt for this delightful lady.

The pieces were cut on Wednesday and I have already stitched the gusset to sleeves, and attached the sleeves to the body. Shoulder seams are done, and I am currently felling the second of the sleeve attachment seams. After that, it's just finishing off with collar and cuffs and making the front slit. We might embroider - it's not decided yet.

It was great fun to lay the fabric out and cut and start stitching.
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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.
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I eventually managed to upload an album of photos of the progess of Filippa's black and white coif. It's not even a tenth of the number of photos I have of it and its inspiration.

Still, shows the progress: https://picasaweb.google.com/107008157819245320875/MetalThreadEmbroideredCoif
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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.
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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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... 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.

From Giftbasket

From Giftbasket

From Giftbasket

From Giftbasket
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At the Aros Fencing Camp I started knitting a flat cap according to Mistress Helwig's instructions. I finished it in the last week, and the only thing missing was the felting, or fulling rather. I made one in red using six whole skeins of the yarn and it turned out rather large.

Yesterday I went over to Helwig's place to sew and hang out, and she had the right detergent to do machine fulling so we threw the red flat cap into the washing machine on 60 degrees. When it came out it was still rather larger than needful and not as fulled as I wanted it, so we returned it to the machine and it went through again and after the second cycle it came out pretty nice!

I ironed it, and then we put it on a marble-top table underneath six volumes of an encyclopedia to make it nice and even.

My very kind Laurel also finished for me a knitted flat cap in a grey tone which wishes it was black (as per my request) and threw that in the machine as well. It only needed to be washed once to achieve an even higher degree of fulling than did the red one. Our theory is that the black yarn was much less treated than the red. The dyeing process probably battered the former a bit more, and the dark grey may well be a natural color, so took less effort to full.

I ironed that one as well, and added that to the stack out on the marble-top table.

So I went to a craft day with one almost finished flat cap and came away with two entirely finished ones!

I also finished the shirt for Lord Edricus, and got a few stitches nearer on finishing my own cotton/linen blend summer shirt. *sigh* But it was so boring I nearly died, despite having True Blood to watch.
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This August has been a bit busy, event wise. Starting with ten days in Visby, continued with five days at Raglan, and finally a day-trip visit to the Aros Historical Fencing camp.

At the last event, I started a knitted flat cap, with instructions and yarn from Mistress Helwig. She taught a workshop on her version of the knitted headwear of the 16th Century with myself and Druda as students. I chose the red yarn (Drops Alaska) for mine, and today, after having bought TWO extra skeins to make a total of six, I finally finished it.

It's a big circle, with an attached brim, made by starting from the centre going out to make the top, then decreasing to make a brim inward, then out to the maximum diameter and back in again to fold together to make the actual brim.

I stitched together the last two layers at the inside with the same yarn to make a solid double-layered brim. It is fairly heavy, right now, and I still have to felt it. Either in the machine, or by hand. We'll see how that goes.

But now on to another shirt. I am finally making one for Lord Edricus, who has great need of one. I bought some very fine natural linen at the market in Visby which I've finally cut out now. I think it'll be nice once it's done :)

I've also got a few projects going right now of a scribal nature. I'm re-making the Dragon's Tear scroll I made for Double Wars because it was truly not fit to be handed out. It is also for Edricus. The new version will be much better.

I've also started on a blank scroll for a Principality A&S award. I thought it was going to be for a commission for Crown, but when I got the name the style didn't match, so it's a blank to be finished at leisure, and I've already gotten going on the real commission scroll for Their Highnesses court at Crown Tourney.

Those three, plus of course the unfinished Laurel scroll for Helwig, and a commission for His Highness SvartulvR which I may have to start over on as well, are current projects. These are all good reasons for me continuing with regular scribal nights at my place :)
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Not quite the ultimate truth, but not a lie either.

The last year and a half I have not been doing very much in terms of projects for the SCA. I've been busy doing other things. In the spring of this year I took over a kingdom office, and have had some added paperwork and administration to deal with there. I was going to do scribal work, but lacked the appropriate set-up to get things going. I started two dress projects without getting anywhere, but I did do some embroidery and smaller projects.

I have been fairly good at updating the Project Finished list that I've got posted at the top of my LJ, so you can see there the items I have finished this year. The main one being the metal thread embroidered coif.

I have also finished one Viking shirt for my new liege lord, Prince SvartulvR. Ah, yes, SvartulvR won the Nordmark Coronet Tourney for his lady wife, Elizabeth of Woodbury, and I had told them before the tourney that if they won I would be happy to assist them as a lady-in-waiting. They did win, I repeated my offer, and Elizabeth accepted it before I had even finished my sentence :) They did only the bare minimum at their investiture court, but SvartulvR was at Visby to accept oaths of fealty, so I went in and pledged my service for the reign in such matters as the King and Queen does not already have my oath.

Before the Coronet Tourney I had also brought with me some belt fittings which I asked SvartulvR to make copies of for me, so for that work I had already promised him a shirt of my making. I took measurements and finished it by Visby. I haven't seen him in it, but it should fit well enough. So one more shirt for the high and mighty done :)

I also made about ten little bags of black wool, lined with linen, fitted with drawstrings to close them and carrying straps to suspend them from belts etc. I made them to give away as prizes at the Kingdom A&S Competition, and as thank you tokens for the judges. I think they were appreciated. I made the drawstrings etc out of fingerloop braids in the Kingdom colours.

I also made one larger bag for myself using my colours (black, green and white) to use as a new sewing supplies bag. It is pretty spiffy, even if I do say so myself. The red cloth bag I have been using up until now is note quite colour fast and has discoloured a couple of projects before. Also the fabric in that is a Christmas theme fabric, so I'm glad to retire it.

I also made a cotton/linen blend shirt for my Laurel, Mistress Helwig. Kerstin of Medeltidsmode.se had some light-weight fabric with her to Double Wars which lots of us purchased. Helwig and me among them. I took some of her yardage and turned it into a shirt for her, with neck and cuff frills, and her initial embroidered on the front panel. I have also started and almost finished one for myself. Currently I'm stuck at the step of gathering the neck ruff into the collar. Boring!

I also made some new stuff for my Visby encampment. Chief among them a seat cushion for my break-down bench, two pillow-cases for throw cushions and one carrying bag with shoulder strap, all out of the same gorgeous cotton fabric I found at Ohlsons Tyger&Stuvar. The bench cushion can be seen here in situ on the bench in camp at Visby (look for the blue and white fabric in the lower left corner).
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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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Below are two close-us of a detail on the coif I'm re-creating. I've currently not really tried to re-create this particular stitch, and if anyone has any suggestions on how to work it, I would be most appreciative! It's all tangled up and almost looks like it's worked in two directions.
I've sort of skipped doing these bits intentionally so far. And on a couple of places replaced it with my version of long-armed cross stitch, or ösenstitch as the viking version has been called.

Anyway, if anyone can decipher the below, please give me a shout!

Oh yes, I'm more than half way done with the metal thread embroidery on the coif. And if I can keep this up I will be finished by Double Wars, which is in one and a half weeks! I am looking forward to this year's Double Wars immensly. I can hardly wait.

From Embroidery

From Embroidery
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More photos of my latest royal shirt commission can be found in my Giftbasket album on picasa. They're all labelled with UlfR's shirt, so not hard to find.

I'm quite pleased with the collar and cuff embroideries, which is done with black silk in long-armed cross stitch filling in the background leaving a pattern of crowns behind. Appropriately SCA, looks pretty spiffy, and is not that far off period patterns.

Go see the photos here: http://picasaweb.google.se/lia.thornegge/Giftbasket#

Later on, or possibly tomorrow morning, Civil War photos.
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I am now all done with the shirt I promised to make for His Royal Majesty UlfR. And not much time to spare, as I promised delivery at Civil War, which is this weekend.

Yesterday I laundered it, regular washing machine, 40 degrees to be kind to it, and today I ironed, starched and photographed it.

I'll give you a teaser... )
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Sometimes it seems facebook killed off LJ and it makes me sad.

I want to read about and see pictures of fabulous stuff that fabulous people make!

This weekend I've been working on a set of collar and cuff embroidery for a shirt. Another shirt for me to give away, this time to the King. The fabric was provided for me, I just provide sewing thread and my time.

I haven't made very much clothing for men, and I still look at the pieces and measurements and go "Nobody can be this size and shape, surely?" But I was given measurements, and I have to trust they are accurate.


From Embroidery
Anyway, the embroidery is going along swimmingly, one cuff is pretty much done, just needs one solid row of long-armed cross stitches, and the collar is started. I've done a little more than half the height of half the length of the collar. I got some copies sent to me of German embroidery patterns by Meisterinne Katheryn, but I decided to go with the theme of the Crown, and designed a pattern which I am executing in long-armed cross stitch. It may possibly be a little less accurate than normal cross stitch for Germanic linen embroideries, but the pattern is reminiscent of Italian Assissi-work, so I figured I'd go with the techniques appropriate to that, to minimise my own sense of disconnect. The pattern in the photo is for the cuffs, and the second picture is of the first couple rows of stitches. Not until the third or fourth row does the pattern start to emerge, which is pretty cool. The collar is a little more involved, but I have no pics of that yet.

A couple good days effort more will see them finished and I can install them on the shirt, which will, at that point, be ready for finishing work.

Finishing work such as ties, a good wash, ironing and starching.

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