An illumination is usually the first thing that peaks my attention when there is a project that I want to research in some way. This time it is was the gathering from the Livre de Chasse, a manuscript that first caught my attention when I was looking for inspiration for male clothing.
This autumn my SCA-group will arrange an event: Boar Hunt. Having seen the manuscript Livre de Chasse by Gaston III, Count of Foix (also known as Gaston Phoebus), I had the idea to recreate the hunting brunch seen in one of the illuminations.
I have recreated a few of the tablet woven pieces from the MoL Dress Accessories book and wanted to continue with a new project. No 1450, the hair piece with the silk filet caught my eye and I decided to recreate the tablet woven band, but without the fake braids. Continue reading “project: tablet woven filet”→
In summer 2013 our eldest daughter went with us to Drachenwald Summer Coronation and 20th Anniversary. Besides sewing clothes for her I also made her a pair of turn shoes. I’ve made turn shoes for myself previously but this was my first try making a pair of children’s shoes. Continue reading “way back… shoes”→
Not much is happening at the moment aside from tablet weaving. I’ve recently got some inspiratione to continue on my golden ribbon, which is a very good thing since I actually have to a deadline with this project.
a Supernatural episode + tablet weaving = progress (add some distraction for drool-worthy Winchesterbrothers 😉 )
… not that I really left it but christmas and new years also meant a break from SCA. Tonight was this years first shire meeting and it was nice to meet everyone again. An old member turned up again after moving back to the city as well as a new member (yay!) who seemed enthusiastic and will fit in with the rest of us. We made plans for our every-other-week-meetings until summer. There will be sewing, dyeing, woodworking, calligraphy and other medievalish stuff! I have high hopes for this year.
I’m planning on going to Double Wars in May, we didn’t go last year so I’m looking forward to it. We’ll see how many other event I go to. Civil Wars are already booked but it hardly counts since it’s my shire event. I’ve volunteered to be the head cook this year and I’m looking forward to improve the feast even more.
Going to Double Wars means I’ve got to get started on garb. Right now I have a couple of dresses that sort of fit – that’s all! The Herjolfsnäs gown need to be finished and then I hope to sew a GFD, darling husband also need new clothes. Other than that I hope to do lots of tablet weaving and dyeing this year.
I have totally forgotten to tell you about the dyeing I did in August. When everyone else had a wonderful time at Visby Medieval Week we decided it was time for some more dyeing. This time we went to Sigrid and Egil and the main focus was indigo and madder.
Sigrid had prepared the indigo reduction but made a slight miscalculation so instead of dark blues we got the above result. It was still very pretty! The red yarn is dyed with madder, most of them are over dyed with yarns we dyed in July that didn’t turn out with a useable colour. We also hade some yellow wool from the birch leave dyeing that we over dyed with indigo. Yellow + blue = very pretty greens!
Dyeing with indigo is very special since the indigo needs to be combined with oxygen for the yarn to turn blue. You may then put it down in the dye bath again and take it up to get a more intense colour.
I’m eager to try more indigo dyeing, especially with the silk. The silk I just during the dyeing was purchased from Solsilke and it will be interesting to see how well it works with tablet weaving. I bought two different types of thickness, one for weaving and one for embroidery.
Came home from work today (first day after summer vacation) and the mailman had brought me a package! It was a lovely Crafty Challenge gift from Racaire – a very cute needle roll. Thank you Racaire!
On another note, a couple of weeks ago I gave Dis her Crafty Challenge gift. It’s was my latest tablet woven band (TWE No 3). She promised me pictures when she has put it to use (probably on her viking garb).