liadethornegge: (GFD Garb)
Sewn hose. They are possibly the most boring thing ever to sew. It took me two years to finish the first pair I cut out at a sewing circle where we produced hose patterns left right and centre.

Yesterday I picked up a pair of hose which were half finished. Literally. One hose was done, the other was only pinned.
Tonight I finished the second one and I have a whole pair of hose, my second pair of sewn hose.

They look like... ungood. I've not tried them on properly. I'll probably pull them on and try for a photo tomorrow.

Anyway, sewn hose in a brown check are finished and will be used at events. Definitely need garters to keep from falling down, but that's fine, I have a lovely pair of red leather garters.
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:
liadethornegge: (Default)
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.
liadethornegge: (vapen)
So, at Glötagillet, the event in Gyllengran this past weekend I brought the new black tablet weaving with text, plus thread and the hood to do edgeweaving.

The plan was to do the hood first, then continue with the tabletweaving. Yeah, that didn't happen as the edge weaving was super-annoying. I managed about ten centimetres before I gave up and switched back to the new belt.

Yesterday when I got home and today I continued working on it, and I finished the entire warp now. So, at home I managed two whole repeats of my device, at the event I did one more, and I did it twice more again before reaching the end. So it's on there five entire times. It's practically impossible to make out though, as black wool on black wool doesn't cast much shade.

In other news, at Glötagillet, I had the honour and pleasure to deliver a writ of summons to Viscountess Anna Laresdotter to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel at Lucia Feast/Baronial Investiture. We received the official word early Friday afternoon that Their Majesties had decided to give her the offer. I was contacted by His Majesty and called him up an hour or so before my travel-mates were due to pick me up. They thought it would be nicer for her to receive the news at an event rather than via a phonecall, and asked if I and Helwig were willing to deliver it to her. I asked if they wanted me to write up a writ to deliver and he said that would be delightful.

So, I had about an hour to do some calligraphy. That was a bit stressful, and the writing wasn't my best ever. Not helped by the fact that when I did the pencil lines (using my Ames guide) I didn't pay close enough attention and ended up using the wrong row of holes, so after two lines had to basically write by eye rather than on a nicely drawn out line. Gaah! I didn't notice that mistake until I came to the third line of calligraphy, so couldn't really start over.

I was kind of sweating and my heart was beating quite fast, with thoughts and memories of receiving my own writ (which is what I used for inspiration for the text).

It turned out decent, and I think it was the right choice to give Anna something tangible to take home.

It was also one of the most awesome things I've gotten to do in the SCA so far.

Vivat! for Anna Laresdotter, our next little Laurel :)
liadethornegge: (vapen)
I took on an assignment for a scroll for Crown Tourney, which I finished in time to get it off to Their Majesties. Except I forgot it at home on Wednesday so had to mail it on Thursday, which meant it didn't get to them in time to bring to the event. Augh! But this is a prepared Royal Couple, so I had already sent the text as I wrote it out, and on Friday I sent a cell phone picture to them so they will be able to read the scroll text in court and tell the recipient that their scroll will be in the mail.

If my count is right, that will be project #57, which considering I started doing this in the fall of 2002 means I've done an average of 5 scrolls per year, which I think is pretty decent. There are other scribes in the Kingdom who do many many more, though, and with our new policy of also publishing the name of the scribes in court reports in our newsletter they will get some well-deserved attention.

And there is still a massive backlog of things I haven't updated my webpage with.
liadethornegge: (vapen)
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: (garb)
So I finally managed to persuade my lord that he wants a later period outfit, and convinced him that a pair of nice comfortable galligaskins, a sleeveless jerkin to hold up the pants, a doublet over that and a skirted jerkin as warm outerwear is the way to go. He is concentrating on getting the knives that goes with that outfit, the belt and pouch, shoes and accessories. Once he realized he could add to his sharp-things collection he was on board.

We went through his fabric stash and found a suitable green wool twill. He has used the fabric already to make a pair of 14th Century hose, and thought it was too loosely woven so we put it in the washing machine before we even started. This meant the cut that was left shrunk a little bit, and I ended up having to reduce the original size of the trouser legs, and add some piecings.

Piecing is totally period though, and with such small bits needed was fairly quick to attach as well. I used silk sewing thread to stitch the wool throughout. Starting with green, then switching to black when I ran out of green. Mostly, the thread disappears into the wool, so the tint doesn't really matter so long as it's dark enough.

The outer wool I patterned to be about three times the width of his waist, and the cuffs about twice the width of the knees. They should end at the knees, but the outer wool should bag a little, so I made them too long by about twenty centimetres. That meant that in order for the trousers to end at the knees the lining had to be made to fit. I basically cut those out as a pair of tight shorts, starting from the same pattern that we had made a toile of for the outer, cutting them down to fit closely to the leg, and end at the knee.

I first put together the linen lining, needing no piecings, and making them as carefully as I could to minimize the bulk of felled seams. I pressed every seam allowance to either side and folded them under in a double fold hem basically. There is not too much pressure put on these seams, so backstitching with waxed linen thread will keep them together just fine.

Before I could mount the legs to the waistband I had to put in the pockets. They are basically a rectangle with the lower third of one edge cut in a curve inward. That edge is where the opening is, and while I just used a backstitch to close up the rectangle I simply folded back the edges of the opening and pinned them to either side of the side-seams in the galligaskins. You have to be quite careful to stitch the pockets in, so it is firmly attached to both sides of the seam, and also make sure to reinforce the side seam where it needs to open for the pocket. I usually do a buttonhole bar across the small distance for strength. Both side pockets has the upper edge straight along the waistline, and I basted this to the linen lining carefully so that they would stay in the right position and not swing down.

Then I made a waistband all in wool with a linen interlining basted onto the wool and onto this waistband I mounted the trousers. I had to make one pleat in the linen to get the required width around. After this I could then mount the wool onto the waistband. It was pleated all the way around to distribute the fullness of the trousers at the waist. Basically I made box pleats out of the entire width, then closed up the upper raw edges of the legs inside the woolen waistband.

For the cuffs I did not have as much fullness to distribute, and I also made sure to leave the inside half of the legs, in between the knees, flat. There is no extra width here, as it would be very uncomfortable to have extra fabric in between your legs. So the pleats in the wool went all around the outside halves. For the cuff I had linen on the inside and wool on the outside making a finished cuff of just under an inch in width. The waistband ended up almost two inches high.

The fly closing was the last to be finished and for that I made a little buttonhole placket, with five buttonholes which I mounted on the outside of one side of the opening, and five self-fabric buttons which I mounted on the other side. The waistband itself I chose to close with two hooks and eyes to keep it as flat as possible, as the waistband right in the front is rather thick with many layers of wool.

I tried them on myself and looked especially fetching. They were also very comfy. Ed has tried them on as well, and they are now safely stored away in his historical clothes chest. He's a very poor model, so I haven't got any decent photos. I suspect I will not get any until the entire outfit is done and he can adorn it with his sharp things.

Still, an entire project started and finished!
liadethornegge: (scribe)
Hosted scribal night around my kitchen table tonight. Alfhilde, currently the Signet of Nordmark, asked if I could do something soon - this was yesterday - and I said sure.

So tonight she came on over and I did the calligraphy on one backlogged scroll, an AoA. I used a basic textura hand and wrote out a fairly long text with no hand cramping problems at all. I attribute this to the two weeks of continual practice I put in in the beginning of December as a part of Lady Kerttu's initiative "Drachenwald 30 day challenge" which meant doing some one thing every day for thirty days. She wanted to learn a calligraphy hand and I thought I could do the same so I started learning an alphabet of capital letters. I got bored of that after the first few days so for the next ten days I wrote out little poems, rhymes and a letter using the new capital letter alphabet as well as my go-to batarde hand. I only managed 13 consequtive days before it got untenable. The problem I have with any craft in my home is that it's very small, and there are two of us here, so I can't just leave everything out on the kitchen table all the time, because then there is no room for us to eat.

Anyway, thanks to those two weeks of practice I got much better at handling the pen, and at writing the letters (obviously), so now, even thought the text was quite long, I had no problems at all with my hand cramping.

I took a picture of the finished item (#53 on my internal count), but it still needs signatures and giving out. I'll wait until it's been handed out to post it.

I also worked on a couple of my own backlogs, a PCS, which is entirely finished now, and a commission piece which just needs a little bit of penwork to be completely finished.

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In other news, I've been sewing for Edricus lately. After some convincing he has agreed that he could possibly consider wearing some late period clothes. He wants a practical mid-16th century outfit with leg coverings to the knees not too poufy and not too tight, a warm practical doublet and a warm practical coat, plus a pimp coat. He's very into the pimp coat, and when I told him there's cotton velvet at the local fabric shop available he got very excited about the idea of a pimp coat. Basically, what he means is a Learned Man's Gown as we'd call it. He insist on pimp coat, though, and he's soo excited I let him have it.

Anyway, I started in the trouser-department, only because I laughed all through making my Venetians a few years back and I still grin whenever I see a picture of them, or think of me in them. (They are hilarious! I wore them one day at Visby this past summer, and every time a certain Chevalier walked past me he couldn't help himself from bipping the codpiece. I suggested he had one of his own to squeeze if he felt the need - he blushed, I lolled.)

Anyway, (I have to stop these ellipses), I was immediately inspired by the fabulous facebook group Elizabethan Costume, and one person there in particular who posted a picture of one pattern layout from the Anduxar pattern book which was a pair of trousers and a doublet laid out. They seemed to create the sort of look I was after so I measured my man and drafted the pattern according to the layout. I did this at last week's sewing circle, then I cut out the one leg and had him try it on and with a little bit of tweaking I had a pattern.

On Sunday I continued by making a pattern for the lining of the trousers, or "galligaskins". Since the outer fabric is meant to be gathered and pouf a little, the lining has to be a little shorter to allow the outer fabric to flow and fold nicely. I took the base pattern I created on Saturday, adjusted the length and waistband to fit Edricus more closely, tried them on and had to adjust the crotch seam. I made it deeper in front and shallower in back, and I also cut down the height of the front waist by about an inch. Then I cut this out in linen and machine basted them together. After trying them on I could also determine where the fly should start (lower than where I had stitched them).

On Sunday and Monday I took the linen lining apart and handstitched it back together, felling all seams. I have yet to cut out the outer fabric - but it will be in a forest green wool which we pre-washed to felt it a little bit. It shrunk, though, so I will have to piece the trousers. But seeing as the layout in Anduxar shows the trousers pieced there as well I am not too bothered about that. The only problem now is how exactly I should cut them from the fabric. Edricus also wants pockets, which will go in the sides, so I could cut them to include a side seam. I have laid the fabric and pattern out on my floor and started with the puzzle, but it fought me, and if I continue now, after the scribal night, I'm afraid I'd make silly mistakes. The plan will have to be to cut it from the cloth tomorrow.

Edricus is away in Visby the entire week, so I can't fit them on him until Saturday when the next sewing meetings is scheduled. I expect to be laughing all that day too :)
liadethornegge: (GFD Garb)
Two summers ago up in Frostheim I started on a new dress made from a blue/gold brocade. I cut it out following the pattern Mistress Mathilde sent to me. It's fully lined in a fairly coarse blue linen, and at the year's first sewing circle on last Saturday, I finished it!

I had only one sleeve to set in, after I finished stitching down the lining over the first and topstitching the seam all around the armscye carefully on the first. Not until I had done these two sewing steps did I realized that I had just very carefully and securely attached the right sleeve in the left armscye. Wrong way round. It was very vexing, and I punished the dress by throwing it to the wall and stomping on it.

Then I had some tea.

Then I ripped out the careful stitching and removed the sleeve from the wrong armscye. Then pinned the sleeves in the right space, checking twice. I finished off the seams, covered the seam allowances with the lining and topstitched for extra strength. The very last thing to do was to measure and cut the sleeves to length and close off those raw edges. And now it is all finished and done and hanging off the back of my door. Tada - and yeah, it's very blingy:
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: (research)
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: (vapen)
Yesterday night, The dress was completely finished, including mounting points for sleeves, front closing, lacing cord, hemming EVERYTHING.

This morning I've tried to set my new suite of ruffs using only my fingers. They're not going to be very smooth in appearance... but they ought to hold approximately the right shape. I'm going to have to figure out a way to set them properly for future uses.

Yesterday I also tried it all on. I finished! On time!

Tomorrow Sir William is coming by to pick up most of the luggage for Kingdom University, Thursday evening the ferry leaves and the event starts :)
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.
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At sewing circle on Saturday I finished a project! I think it has been in-progress for a handful of years. It's a simple caul, made from the first one which is the only one that has fit me properly since I made it. But the first one has visible selvedge in the band. Not very attractive. Anyway, I found it in a bag, forgotten, and pleated the crown to the band and topstitched all around the band to finish it neatly. I've even got a picture of it:

liadethornegge: (Default)
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 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: (scribe2)
  1. January 1 - Item, one German brick stitch embroidered pincushion stuffed with wool and edged with square fingerloop braid of white silk.
  2. January 2 - Item, one grey wool Layton-style jacket. Closed with pewter buttons inlaid with a green stone and fingerloop braided button-loops.With pictures... )

  3. January 7 - Item, sixteen separate and different fingerloop braids to decorate the A&S competition gifts. All in silk, all in the Drachenwald colours of red, yellow and black.

  4. February 4 - Item, half dozen fingerloop braids in Calontir's colours for Estrella Giftbasket. With pictures... )

  5. February 9 - Item, one writ of introduction for Antonio di Rienzo, ODS, so his Scholar can enter into competitions at Pennsic. With pictures... )
  6. March 30 - Item, one embroidered napkin, device in centre, brick stitch. Giftbasket project for Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz, OL.
    With pictures... )
  7. April 5 - Item, one whitework embroidered towel. Giftbasket project  for Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz, OL.With pictures... )
  8. April 30 - Item, one green wool houpellande for THL Odo de Home finished.
  9. May 15 - Item, one tablecloth, blackworked border and in the centre a laurel wreath containing a pelican in her piety - all long-armed cross stitch. Giftbasket project for Mistress Katheryn Hebenstreitz, OL.With pictures... )
  10. May 22 - Item, set of forehead cloth and coif wrought with blackwork and silver thread embroidery for Viscountess Filippa Birgersdotter.With pictures... )

  11. June 16 - Item, one cotton/linen high-necked 16th Century shirt for Helwig Ulfsdotter. Neck and cuff set with small frills, the front embroidered with initial H and finished with silk ties. Delivered at Hägnan and Nordmark Coronet Tourney.

  12. Aug 5 - Item, one Viking shirt/undertunic for Prince SvartulvR. Made from fine hemp, round neckline with a slit set to one side and two eyelet holes for fastening with an annular brooch. Delivered at Visby Medieval Week.

  13. Sep 11 - Item, one natural-colour keyhole neckline linen shirt for Lord Edricus.

  14. Sep 11 - Item, one red knitted flat cap. With pictures... )

  15. Sep 12 - Item, one cotton/linen high-necked 16th Century shirt for myself. With pictures... )

  16. Oct 20 - Item, one viking tunic, still to get embroidery, for SvartulvR's Laurel elevation. With pictures... )

  17. Oct 20 - Item, one carrying bag, embroidered in the mammen style, as a vigil gift for SvartulvR. With pictures... )


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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.
liadethornegge: (Default)
So I sent off some measurements and three photos to Atlantia, and I got back a pattern for a dress. I made this up into a garment that fit, pretty much without any alterations. This is me wearing it at Raglan Castle last weekend.

From the front:
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And from the back:
2011RaglanVII_08-20_418

I give it two thumbs up.

(Please ignore the 16th C shoes, I only had room in my bags to bring one pair, and brought mostly 16thC clothing!)

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