I was having a wierd dream the other day, just before waking up properly, in which I served (to eat, mind) both
wool and linen which you cut into little strips with a cheese cutter...
I ... I don't know what this means, but obviously my fabric snobbery has infiltrated my dreamscape, because when asked about it I said that "Of course it's only wool and linen, nothing else will do
Also, if I did not mention it before, I am now the proud owner of The Tudor Tailor
and a string of pearls, all courtesy of the ever generous helwig
. This, of course, from before Visby, but at the time I only had two hours to organize my wits and pack my stuff so it slipped my mind. TTT comes well in handy now for making a middle-class outfit out of grey wool.
Hmm, wait a moment - I have green wool as well, given me by oldergoddess
, in enough quantities to make a lovely outfit. The grey is nice, but it is a bit on the thick side, felted, whereas the green is nice and drapey. This will take more pondering.
Also, website has been updated with the test doublet diary promoted to finished, and new blurb about Visby added to the event section. I did some other changes to the event page as well; namely adding links to other people's event galleries. More photos for everyone, I always say. I'll add more as I find inspiration.
With the promotion of the test doublet to finished diary that leaves NO large project that is currently open. All I have are small things, accessories and the likes - which of course has prompted me to really think about what I want to do next with the fabric in my stash.
Before I forget, I looked at and admired Lady Cristina Stolte's lovely drapey blue wool GFD at Visby. It's unlined and moves like a dream prompting me to want to make a similar type of dress. Fitted, laced, unlined - perfect for warm weather garb. Right now I have three lengths of wool that I can start using; brown, grey and green - so potentially three new outfits.
Of course, I could just finish all the small, niggling mini-projects that I have going at the moment, for lo, they are legion:
- woolen hose
- leather gloves
- tudor court gown foresleeves
- french hood
- linen head cloth (needs hemming)
- silk veiling
- garb repairs of various and sundry nature: hems, ripped seams etc.
- sleeves for test doublet
- lacing cord for various and sundry gowns
- rip open and add eyelets on second side-back seam of tudor court gown
- leather 1400-ish shoes
- sort out jewelery for 16th C
- Manufacture girdle belt with the heart-shaped pomander I have waiting
- Make a new bag to replace the ratty one I always use for events (and mundanely too)
- one or two secret projects to be given away
Yeah, maybe I should do that...
Recent discussions on certain email lists has me thinking about creating standard kit packets that we can give out to newbies as they come. A selection of five different periods that they can look at and choose from as their starting point - with instructions for a simple, complete, outfit for that period. It may be just a pipe dream though. Also, I know so very little about male garb.