The Tree of Life pattern is my own design; the rest of the patterns are from period sources. 100% wool yarn from Cascade Heritage.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
The next thing that I'm considering is whether to enter a knitted item into Kingdom A&S, as a single entry not for champion. I'm going to have to go down to Weaving Works to find some supplies to make cotton socks in the Egyptian style. I'd love to also dye them with indigo, just to try it once. I'll have to do some more research on the topic.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
More updates as they are created...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I'm not sure if I would do anything differently...maybe add more stitches earlier in the increases over the calf to fit a little better. I started increasing every 4th row starting after the zig-zags at the ankle, but I might do every third row for a while, then every other row until I reach 104 stitches.
I've been asked to make a pair on commission by a well-respected artisan...I'm pretty jazzed about that!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
- I will need to cut the pieces 5" longer front and back--one of the side gores is the length it should be--the front and back panels were too short. It should end just above the knee.
- I also need to add width the front gores for extra skirty fullness.
- I will probably add another gore in the center back for MORE fullness across the tooshie.
- Sleeves can be a little shorter--it should be just above the elbow.
I pulled out some heavy weight linen and some medium weight cotton...though I'm thinking that the linen is *too* heavy. Maybe I'll just use the muslin after all for this first go-around.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
The width, according to the directions, should be 45" wide, right off the bolt. The first pair I made for Kelly seemed WAAAY too big, so I reduced it by 10"--so each piece is 35" wide, folded in half.
Sew the gussets onto either side of each leg, then fold right sides together for each leg and sew down the triangular gussets to the ankle. Then turn one leg right-side out, insert into the other, line up the seams and sew the crotch together. Make a casing for the waistband, put in a drawstring or elastic, and PRESTO!
Hey, do these Salwar make my butt look big?
Between the two pairs of salwar, the pirihan and the ziri qaba, I went through half of a bolt of muslin in two days.
Then I'll need to find a dozen buttons or so for the front of this garment.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I copied this from an extant 14th century Persian pirihan. While it's beautifully preserved, the neckline is unfinished, so I am unsure how to proceed with finishing mine. Sir John Chardin, b. 1643, travelled to the Middle East and wrote extensively on his observations of clothing and textiles, said that this type of undergarment would have been "open to the navel" on women, but closed with a little button at the hollow of the neck. I suppose that would make for very easy & convenient breast feeding.
I just noticed, however, how freaking long the sleeves are on the extant piece. Weird.
Well, we'll just say mine is "working wear".
Next will be the Salwar (baggy pants). I found a great pattern for it from someone in the East Kingdom. I'll have to measure my now hobbling hubby and see if I can't make a pair of pants that he won't rip to shreds. Then I'll try myself.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- Other (such as service, classes taken, etc.)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Elewys Cuylter of Finchingfield - Highest Award: Goutte de Sang Branch: Aquaterra
- Acacia (Shittimwoode) 3-Apr-1993 AS 27
- Award of Arms 16-Jul-1994 AS 29
- Goutte de Sang 19-Apr-1997 AS 31
- Lector Ithra 18-Apr-1998 AS 32
- Bunny's Crook (Shittimwoode) 24-Apr-1999 AS 33
- Golden Acacia (Shittimwoode) 20-Apr-2002 AS 36
- Red Flame 9-Apr-2005 AS 39
- Silver Dolphin (Aquaterra) 20-Sep-2008 AS 43
- Senior Apprentice to Mistress Ariel de Courtneay, OL, 1996 - present
- Officer oath taken with Their Excellencies, Hauk & Rosamund, Aquaterra, January 2009
- Seneschale - College of Wisdom's Keep - 1990-91
- Chatelaine - Shittimwoode 1991-1994
- Gold Key - Shittimwoode 1991-92
- Registrar for Ithras in Shittimwoode - 1994? (98 for sure) - Jan 2005
- Chronicler - Shittimwoode Sep 94 - Summer 97
- Stock Clerk - Shittimwoode Nov 98-Jan 99
- Exchequer - Shittimwoode Apr 99 - Feb/Mar 2002
- Farspeaker Publisher - Dec 1997, Jan 99, oct 2000, 2001
- Tir Righ Census Administrator, Shire of Shittimwoode, Feb 2001
- Tir Righ/Northern Principality sub-committee; calendar committee, 2001
- Shittimwoode Baronial bid committee 2001
- Chancellor-in-Training for Ithra in Shittimwoode (Lions Gate Campus) - 2001 - 2005
- Chancellor of Ithra - Borderlands campus (16 sessions) - Jan 2005 - present
- Arts & Science Minister - Barony of Aquaterra - Feb 2008 - present
- Town Faire II - College of Wisdom's Keep - September 1989
- Sir Edward's Tourney - Shire of Shittimwoode - early 90s
- Crown Council - Shire of Shittimwoode - during the reign of Jarl Hwolf & Countess Louisa, Fall 1995
- Sixteen Ithra sessions as Chancellor of Ithra, Borderlands Campus (2005-2009)
- Make Yourself a Bog Coat - 4 cr. - 9.10.05 at Medieval Village Ithra II
- Bog Coat Construction - 1 cr. - 3.22.08 at Shittimwoode Spring Ithra
- Making a Bocksten Bog Style Tunic - 2 cr. - 4.5.08 at Aquaterra Spring Ithra
- Beginner's Knitting - 2 cr. - 4.25.09 at Sir Edward's Tourney Ithra
- Bobbin Lace - Shire level class - July 22, 1996
- Hat Making - Shire level class - Nov 19, 1998
- Newcomer's/Open House/Costuming nights - hosted - several years in and around 1995
- Hosted Shire garage sales (1993 at Cherrywood, 1995 at Valencia, 1999 at Rusley)
- Hosted Planning Meetings - including, but not limited to, Oct 98, Oct 2000
- Iron Needle - Banner War 08, Good Yule 09, Boar's Hunt 09
- Demonstrations at Ursulmas 09
- Contests - Boar's Hunt 08, 09; Ursulmas 09; Good Yule 09;
- Made a canvas tent - 1996 (30 Year Celebration) used for three seasons
- Author of "The Wilde Hare", a column in the Bunny Tales, the Shittimwoode newsletter (1994-1997)
- Entered Northern Region's first Arts Championship "tourney" - 1997 (didn't win, but didn't come in last either)
- Ursulmas costume contest abt. 1998 - Man's Wool Surcoat - and won!
- Calligraphy entered in Ursulmas A&S contest abt. 1998 - and won!
- Entered Ursulmas A&S contest 2009 - placed in the middle somewhere
Donations to Largesse
- Bobbin lace - 1996 - ultimately given to King & Queen of Drachenwald, who, by coincidence, were old friends Garrick and Talitha from Shittimwoode.
- Elizabethan coif - 1999?
- Inkle Loom trim in An Tir colors (abt. 5 1/2 yds.) - 2008
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Recently I began knitting socks and it occurred to me that knitting was period, and found the pattern on a web site for Eleanor of Toledo's stockings. While the pattern didn't work (for many reasons), I modified it to create a cuff and knit the rest of the sock to fit my legs. I used a not-very-period varigated purple in a fingering weight yarn, just for fun.
Then I tried to make some in a more period colorway...thus my hot socks. Knitted on size 1 needles.
Another "Elven" nightcap, made for the family members for Christmas portraits, but will be useful for An Tir camping, too.
Dye stuff experiment with Onion skins. Yarn on left is the "before" color; left is, obviously, after. My hands were about the same color as the yarn on the right when finished. :)
Weaving on the Inkle Loom in An Tir colors. It was donated to largesse.
Making a small banner for my office.
Needleworked a badge for the Costumer's Guild with two beads sewn on to indicate my achievement.
A pilgrim bag with antler button for holding all my goodies.
Sorry--it's crooked, but it's the best picture I have of the entire tunic. And he sure is handsome!!
Two gowns and a "bog" coat (not period construction, but it's quick and has a passable silhouette.
Unfinished experiment - Nalbinding the Oslo stitch.
I have lots more, but this is a good start to show the breadth of my interests and abilities.