liadethornegge: (research)
So I hang out mostly on facebook these days. It happend a couple of years ago, everyone moved their event photos to facebook, and the social life moved along with it as well. So to keep myself updated, in the loop and able to see ALL THE EVENT PHOTOS FROM EVERYWHERE! I created my account and started migrating. The migration was not conscious, but it's what happens.

Anyway, lately I've hung out on one group called Elizabethan Costume, which unlike most other forums of over one thousand participants, is actually a civil place with a high signal-to-noise ratio. The other day one of the cooler people on there, Mathew Gnagy, posted a very rough version of a method to draft a 16th century female bodice based on a few measurements.

I downloaded the pdf immediately and poured over it. I took out an old newspaper, a tape measure and pens and drafted myself up a bodice pattern. Then I checked back on the group and discovered that one of the points I felt unsure about was mis-labeled and one measurement was "upside down". A new version of the drafting instructions was available. I poured over that, took my measurements again and did a second draft of a bodice.

After doing the first one I was glad that my internet had a little hiccup, because it was one of the few times I've felt non-content with the shape of my body.

On Saturday the first official sewing meeting of the year kicks off, and I will get new measurements and draft up a third version of the bodice, with the help of Helwig. I will likewise help her, and we will really get rolling on our new communal project. Gowns from 1575 England.

Social Media, what's it good for? Apparently some things.
liadethornegge: (GFD Garb)
So I went to sewing circle last Saturday and Helwig was working on some lovely tablet weaving from a new book. For some reason I seem to be able to see the patterns, and understand what is happeing and going wrong, so I helped her disentangle and wove a little bit. Which let me remember that I actually kind of like the actual tablet weaving experience.

I have done it before, once. I warped a brown and white cotton yarm which I wove into a "belt", for the bliaut I was making in 2004 (I think it was). The actual weaving was lovely and went fast. The warping was icky. Ever since I have wanted to make a silk girdle using turn-based patterns to weave something lovely that just shows up in the shading.

So I made up three patterns for turn-based letters for the three words of my motto: "facio, disco, gaudeo" using Guntram's Tablet Weaving Thingy. He had a gorgeous alphabet already made up, but it takes 40 tablets and I only have 39 tablets at present. Which meant I couldn't add edges. So, the patterns I made up consists of 20 tablets, plus two on either side as an edge.

The warping I did utilising a doorhandle and an over-the-door hanger which I could run between. I warped the 20 pattern tablets in black wool, and the four (2 + 2) edge tablets I warped in green wool. Today I threaded the tablets in and started the weaving using a black linen as my weft. I think I started my pattern a little too soon, before the tension had worked itself out and I'd gotten the braid a uniform width. However, that won't be too bad, as the shade differentiation between black wool leaning to the left and black wool leaning to the right is not very visible.

I've got one letter left to do on the first word (which is gaudeo, as they weave from right to left), and I am enjoying it as I remembered. However, the working position isn't the best. and I'm not entirely sure what I can make with the length I warped. It might become a belt. We'll see.

Also I measured out all the string for the other project I will be working on this weekend - which is edge-weaving on a red open chaperone, as seen on many ladies in ca 1400 illustrations. Not currently sure I want to do that with tablets or the lovely rigid heddle I got last year. I measured out enough yarn to fill eight tablets in any case, so I can make the call on Saturday.
liadethornegge: (vapen)
So, since I listed three perfectly reasonable projects I have on the slate in my last post I started a completely different one today.

I had time to start a new sewing project and my fingers were itching to do it - once I realized that, I pulled out my fabric stash and examined it. I noticed the cut of a yummy green wool twill, the same as my lord Edricus also bought, which I got a meter and a half of for a jacket to match. I pulled out a lovely black linen which is a very fine quality for the lining, and a coarser purple linen for interlining for the fronts as I want it to be a bit smoother than I've had it be previously.

I cut out the jacket, minus sleeves, in the wool, interlining and lining, and I officially have a sewing project to work on - whee!

I'm also registered for the Shire of Gyllengran's yearly A&S event Glötagillet, which is always nice and cozy. The theme there this year is finishing touches, and I'm planning on doing edge-weaving on the almost finished hood that has been almost finished for two years. Maybe it will finally get finished and I can start using it.
liadethornegge: (GFD Garb)
While in exile in the Frozen (again) I've been working on a couple of things. First, a chemise for which I got my Cudgel War fee paid - excellent trade by the way - and some wool applique for Queen Siobhan II and finally something for myself which will turn into a wool replacement of a linen gown I've had for five years.

The wool is a small length which I had gotten before to make a shawl out of. It's a houndstooth check in black and yellow with green, blue and red highlights. Not anything I'd make a "real" dress out of, but it's a gorgeous light flowing wool, which I will use to throw on when I set-up and tear-down camp at Visby. Or for the first thing to throw on when I arrive at an event and don't want to spend half an hour dressing.

The idea is to replace the linen gown I made to be a kitchen slave at a Coronet tourney with a slightly more accurate and light-weight version in wool, so I am using the Greenland finds again, Herjolfsnes 39 detailed online by Marc I. Carlsson. My previous version I have described as the most boring dress ever, and it is tagged as linen herjolfsnes here on LJ. This version will be herjolfsnes39 wool, and as the fabric is yummy I think I'll like it a little more.

So far, I have cut out body panels (50 cm wide, 140 cm long), and gores, about 110 cm long and will end up adding something like 50 cm in four places to the hem. The sleeves are as yet not cut out, I didn't bring any sleeve patterns with me so I will have to wing it. Luckily since this is a very simple and non-fitted dress this will not be a big problem.

My goal is to have this finished for Visby. We'll see how that goes :)
liadethornegge: (vapen)
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.
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: (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.

New scroll

Nov. 18th, 2012 09:50 am
liadethornegge: (scribe)
Before Kingdom University I said I'd take on one scroll assignment for the Feast of Aurora Borealis which is next weekend, if nobody else claimed it. Nobody did, so yesterday I started with the sketching and layout, wrote out the calligraphy and inked outlines for the borders.

I'll be doing a portrait-type miniature as well as the award badge in the bottom, so there's going to be some fiddly bits. I chose a style inspired by the Bedford Hours, from the tiny book of inspiration I got from Duchess Alessandra Melusine, so it's going to be mostly gilded ivy leaves for the rest.

Yesterday I managed to paint down gold size, this morning I applied transfer gold leaf. I'll be cleaning that up in a minute and then painting base layers. This will be project #53.

Tuesday I'll be inviting people over for a scribal night - so if you're in the neighbourhood, feel free to drop by!

ETA: Gilding finished, and most base coats laid down.
liadethornegge: (Default)
The vigil gown project began, officially, when I put scissors to fabric at the Sewing circle on the 1st of September.

I freaked out a little, I panicked a little, and then I sweated a little. But skirt panels and sleeves were cut out. The sleeves I also cut a lining for, and started sewing them together into tubes at the sewing circle.

On Sunday I finished the two sleeves, and top stitched the seam allowance of the wool to either side, and inserted the lining into the shells and basted it together very carefully. I also tried them on, and although the sleeves are a little tight, I think I will be able to wear them.

I also made and cut out six pieces for sleeve-top decoration. I intend to make a simple version of the baragoni I made for my Florentine gown. But more English in style, so wider strips, and shorter. Much more restrained. Also, no fluffy white silk pulled out between the strips, only the white wool sleeve will show on the inside. I will line, or edge the panels, with green silk, to add a little colour and visual interest to the sleeves, which otherwise will only have two strips of green silk running parallel to the cuffs.

On Sunday I also cut out the lining for the skirt, and today, Monday I stitched together the front panel and the godets which widens the skirt just a little bit. The back panel is done the same way as my Red petticoat, and the front panel is taken straight from my Alcega petticoat pattern. I will have to cut it open in the centre front to enable me to open the gown in front with lacing. I have also made sure to leave a bit of a gap in one of the side godets, so I can insert a pocket. Just because I can. I would have added pocktes on both sides, but I forgot and just stitched straight through my markings. I could undo it, but I figure one pocket is better than none, and I don't want to be weighing myself down with stuff in this particular outfit anyway.

I still haven't cut out the bodice, which will be in one piece and front lacing just like my red petticoat and the black velvet gown. I also haven't cut out the tabs which I will put into the armscye. They'll be fairly modest, stand straight up if I can manage it, and wool. I'm unsure if I want them to be wool and silk, or wool and lining, or just wool. Since they'll be standing straight up, I might just make them wool lined with wool so both sides of them look the same. Very tempted to post sneak previews, but I will resist!
liadethornegge: (garb)
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.
liadethornegge: (Default)
I have been very bad about posting on livejournal lately, but I have tried to keep my list of finished projects fairly up-to-date. The backdated post which I started early last year and dated to the 31st of december. I haven't added all scribal work to that list, but I'll try to do that soon. Tonight I will host the first scribal night of the year, and hope to continue with them regularly as well. I still think that seventeen items is a fairly good result for one year, even if none are finished items of clothing for myself, not counting accessories.

Hopefully, this year I will finish garments! I've started a new 16th Century base garment. A black velvet petticoat, which will fill the same niche as my red wool petticoat. At the first sewing circle of the year, this past Saturday (the 7th) I cut out the skirt panels using my standard petticoat skirt pattern which is based on Alcega. The bodice had to wait til I got home, because I'd brought the wrong pattern. At home on Sunday I cut out the bodice using the same pattern as my red petticoat, that pattern is one piece. There are no seams in the sides, and no seam in the back. Therefore it is a front-lacing bodice.
I like how I made the red petticoat with a sub-layer which has a little stiffening and the lacing holes and the top fabric is closed over the lacing using hooks and eyes. I will do pretty much the same thing with this black kirtle.

The bodice was cut as one piece in the velvet, then I dug out some unbleached linen and cut the interlining. I had to do that in two pieces because the linen was a remnant. I attached the interlining to the shell with herringbone stitch all around, including up the centre back where I only went through the shell at top and bottom. And then I turned my attention to the stiffening.

Since I want to be able to wear it as a single layer gown, it needs some stiffening and so I cut out two half-fronts in double layers of a gorgeous goose-eye linen twill (same as the lining for SvartulvR's Laurel-tunic) and stitched four channels; one at the front edge, then a gap, then two more parallell to that and one slanting from the edge of the shoulder strap to the front. I inserted the usual plastic zip ties that are ideal for boning and I'm currently working on eyelets on these two sides. I'm putting them one inch apart (11 per side). After I've done them I'll be looking at attaching them to the shell somehow. I am envisioning one slanted seam through interlining and shell and one straight up seam just outside the second boning channel. And on the outside I will cover these seams with some nice trim, maybe black satin tape. The idea is that it should be all black and details in different textures. And then I will have to decide what to use to line the bodice and skirt.
liadethornegge: (Default)
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 :)
liadethornegge: (scribe)
Last night, I invited all interested parties to the first scribal night of the fall, and what a lovely time was had.

William and Isabetta were the first to arrive some time after six, and by that time I'd managed to cut down, lay out and start to sketch and ink in the borders of a re-make of Lord Edricus' Dragon's Tear scroll.

I modified the illuminations a little, as I re-made it at half the size of what I had. And I chose to use my own batarde hand for the calligraphy as well, because I know it, and it is pretty.

I made a little mistake with the text, which turned out to be a good thing, because the text was too short and needed to be expanded to fill the space. After a bit of brainstorming the three of us came up with new wording to work in my mistake as well :)

I finished the calligraphy and the border is inked, so I have only to gild and paint now.

We were all quite surprised when my doorbell rang after eight in the evening, though. When I opened the door it turned out to be a lady who has come to one meeting with Aros before. She had seen my notice on facebook about the scribal night and decided to come, so I got to play at being a chatelaine again, trying to figure out what sorts of things she'd like to do. She's about to move to a place not too far from William and Isabetta, and expressed an interest in sewing circle - so information was exchanged and we'll do our best to get her to come to the next sewing circle.

I also decided that I'm making Monday nights a standing invitation for Scribal Night at my place. So anyone in the vicinity between 17 and 22 are welcome to work on scribal things, or just hang out. I've got coffee and tea, and some materials for beginners.
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.
liadethornegge: (garb)
I bought some mystery-fibre marked as wool for cheap the other week, with the intention of turning it into a quick and cheap 16th Century kirtle.

Tonight I cut it out on the kitchen floor.
From 2010 Brown Wool Kirtle

I used the pattern from my red kirtle, but added a side-seam, and cut the back as a slight V-shape. I still haven't gotten that one right on a kirtle, so I thought I might give it a go.

If I'm feeling perky in the morning I'll put it under the sewing machine - if I have any thread, that is. I intend to use the sewing machine as much as I can on this project because of
  1. low quality, cheap fabric
  2. the need for a new kirtle this weekend
  3. the need for a no-frills, no worries-if-I-spill-on-it kirtle
  4. lack of other supplies at my current locale
That's right. I know how to use a machine, and I'm not afraid to do it. Usually it's just more fun to do it by hand.
liadethornegge: (garb)
Gatherings everywhere claim to be sewing circles, and quite rightly so, but nowhere else have I quite found the energy, and the inspiration as I do at sewing circle in Aros. Only here do we experiment with hat patterns, drape each other for every period dress in the knowne world, and dream up glove-making-days.

There's nothing quite like it and it nourishes my sewing soul.

Scheduled sewing meeting on Saturday turned up only myself and Helwig, and even though I brought basically every project I have going I ended up doing not much at all. I put in two looooooooooong gathering threads in a neckline, then I wasted some hours on the internet, then I helped Helwig's new "Low Budget Elizabethan" project by fingerloop braiding the rest of one hank of yarn. That project is quite amazing in conception as well, but I'll let her write about it if she's going to.

Then I also followed up on an idea Helwig had given me previously when I said I was running low on inspiration, namely to look at Spanish fashions of the 16th Century. I did, and surfed up some references, and looked through a book of artwork she had in her shelf.

I went home, and on Sunday I woke up and started surfing up even more information on Spanish clothing, then I went and got out my Alcega copy and flipped through it until I found just the thing - Turkish morning coat, f.45a. Later on on Sunday I went back to Helwig's place, bringing a cut of wool and my ideas.

To make a story short, I've cut out a Turkish morning coat from a gorgeous brown wool, and a lining in a very very thin dark blue wool. The main reason for making this garment is that I want something I can throw on in the morning and make bathroom runs in. The secondary reason is it has a little hood, and that hood is the coolest and wierdest thing ever.
liadethornegge: (GFD Garb)
The weekend of 3-4 July, two weeks ago, was the date for the Shire of Frostheim's Shoe Workshop, taught by and held at the home of Lord SvartulvR Kåte (and his lovely fiancé Elizabeth of Woodbury). Since I am in the frozen north, and luckily not working those two days I decided to join in the workshop fun.

I signed up, said I wanted to do a shoe appropriate for the early 15th Century, and made my plans. At the workshop we were set up with patterns and leather for uppers as well as sole-leather. There were twelve of us in attendance.

Come the weekend it turns out I didn't really want to make the model that fit the early 15th Century, I wanted to do the shoe styled after the Bocksten-man find, as that fits with my aesthetic sense of what my period shoes should look like. I'm probably horribly out-of-style, but I like them, so there. We used the fabulously practical and clear "Skoboken" for the patterns, which SvartulvR had copied to the appropriate sizes and cut out for us.

I cut out my shoes (ouch), and started sewing (gaah). As I double-checked my pieces I discovered I'd cut out two left shoe uppers - DOH! I was apparently the only one stupid enough to make that mistake. Thankfully there was enough leather that I could cut out a new right upper. The first shoe was finished early on day two (woohoo!), and I put it in water to soak along with a bunch of other peoples' shoes. We had all been quite focused and productive, and a couple of people actually finished both shoes during the workshop, turned and all. I rested a little from shoe-making after the first one and cut out a belt-pouch, then continued with the second shoe. Thanks to SvartulvR my left shoe was turned at the workshop and upon trying, fit quite well.

On Monday the 12th I went back to stitch with Elizabeth, and with her moral support I managed to finish up the second shoe. Although just after celebrating having stitched around the heel I realized that I'd forgotten the heel reinforcement - Doh! I had to stitch it in separately, but it ended up virtually invisible. I put it in water overnight and turned it the right way with the help of my mother and it fits even better than the first one.

I have re-wet both shoes and worn them until nearly dry today. They're finished enough to wear, but I intend to add a couple of finishing touches after the event/demo this week, Hägnan, I'm attending Wednesday evening to Saturday evening.

Re-project

Jun. 29th, 2010 10:39 pm
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
Remember those pretty little pincushions I made last fall and gave away at christmas? I've decided that the second one of those was too pretty to not be mine - so I've just started a re-creation of that piece of embroidery. It'll be the same pattern, but I've tweaked the colours a little bit. It's going along fairly quickly.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
It's meant to be a pouch for me!

ETA: I also counted the threads, and this fabric is a lovely even 40 threads/inch.
liadethornegge: (embroidery)
On the Nordmark Cope embroideries:
  • One packet sent off to Helwig, with template.
  • One Styringheim device fully outlined, second half-outlined before I ran out of floss. New floss acquired today.
On the wool brick stitch cushion seat:
  • Have almost reached the half-way point, with the front of the cushion "framed out" in the blue wool. Am as yet undecided if I will embroider the sides and back as well. Continues to be thoroughly amusing and therapautic.
On the coif/forehead cloth set (#3 if anyone's counting):
  • Materials have arrived, silk floss and imitation silver thread. This means that this project officially starts now. I think I will want to practice a bit with the silver to get a nice plaited braid stitch.
  • Pattern, not quite finalised yet. I will have to dedicate myself to finishing that off pronto. Tonight if possible. Because from now on I must dedicate much of my leisure time at embroidering this set. I am actually looking forward to it immensly!
Lia out.

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