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Dec. 30th, 2010

Late 16th c. working class Italian dress, a la Campi. I need to add one more eyelet (the lacing is off), hem, and add lacing rings for the sleeves. Still need to work on my shirt collars, they never lay flat. Waistline is a little high. 100% wool, wool twill tape for the guards, lined in linen. Completely hand-sewn. Booyah.

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My first natural dyeing project! I decided to start with something fairly easy - safflower, used on some New Zealand Romeny roving. I used an alum mordant, and let one hunk of roving sit in the dyepot for about twice as long as the other - which is why one braid is significantly lighter than the other.


Now, normally when I spin, I'll fill up a bobbin and transfer it into a center pull ball to ply it back on itself - so that I don't have any weird leftover singles floating around. However, I knew that I wanted to use all of this yarn for a historic knitting project - so I ended up plying the darker singles with the lighter singles. I'm planning on making the flat cap out of the Plimoth Plantation book - making it a little large and felting it slightly. I'm *hoping* that once it's felted, the lighter and darker strands will meld together and it'll just look nicely heathered. We'll see. :)

The singles on the bobbin.

And, the finished yarn! It ended up being about a sport weight yarn - which will make a nice, firm fabric using the size 3 needles recommended in the pattern.




Has anyone used the PP flat cap pattern? I couldn't find a pattern listing for it here on Ravelry - although I may not have been searching properly. Any tips or tricks would be appreciated. I have ~400 yards, sport-weight yarn here, which SHOULD be enough - but the book does not list yardarge requirements, which is a little maddening.

Himself, in the snow

Himself, in the snow
Originally uploaded by silverstah
He looks so much more natural in Viking garb than I do! I <3 him like woah. Nothing new to see here, this is the Bocksten tunic I made him last year. :)

Viking Apron Dress

Viking Apron Dress
Originally uploaded by silverstah
Well, for better or for worse, it's done. After looking at photos, it doesn't look too bad - it's still not my taste, though, and I'm still definitely making changes before I wear it again. The whole thing needs to be taken in - both the underdress and the overdress. But it's done, Himself was very happy that I wore it, and I dressed to theme. So ppppht.

I will admit, the snow makes a very pretty backdrop. :) This was about 7:30am (pre-caffeine and makeup!) on Saturday morning, and it was still snowing. :)

Fun to see how much my sewing has improved - I actually looked at the hand-stitching on the inside of this jacket, and I LOLed. The whole thing needs to be taken apart and re-done.

Hopefully a few more pics from the actual event - this is outside our house, just before I left. We'll see. :)
As we all know, I haven't been very excited about the Viking Project - but I've been working on it, slow and steady, for the past few weeks.

Although it's out of period for the apron overdress, I chose to do a Herjolfsnes 38 for the underdress, since I'm planning on wearing it on its own at other events. The lovely and talented baronessadriana did the patterning for me last summer, and I'm pleased to say that it still fits. *phew* It might even be a bit large, which is nice!

The apron dress is styled using this basic pattern, which seems pretty common. I will fully admit that I did little to no research on this project, since it's really not my area of interest... I'm basically going with "well, this is what everyone ELSE wears to Ymir!" Sorry to all the Viking enthusiasts out there. ;)

This is a closeup of the apron dress - after some very helpful comments, I ended up doing a contrasting vandyke stitch on the seams of the apron dress. I think it pulls it together nicely, and it helped me gain some confidence in hand embroidery. The embroidery is done in a pretty natural brown wool thread bought from the nice lady who always has all the cool inkle weavings at Atlantian events. (Wow, that's vague!)
Viking Apron project - vandyke stitch

Here's the pieced dress with the apron dress pinned over it, to see how it'll look. Not too shabby. At this point the neckline is just chalked in, and the sleeves haven't been hemmed.
Viking apron dress

Some of last night's work. I got the front and back gores set into the underdress, hemmed the sleeves, and cut/faced the neckline. Neckling facing still needs to be whipstitched down. Here, the straps are just pinned into place to see how they'll look. I had wanted to do straps out of the oatmeal colored wool, but it's just too thick to get a thin enough strap for my tastes - so I ended up doing silk straps in a brown silk that matches the embroidery fairly well. Eventually I'd like to get some inkle woven trim to use as the straps, but that's not in the cards right now. I tried doing it on my own, and I SUCK at inkle weaving like WOAH.
Viking Apron Dress

...and here's what pulls it all together, the bling. :) Most of the beads are from one of those little bead kits you get at AC Moore - but there are few nice ones thrown in there that I've collected over the past few years just for this purpose. Himself was also a very good little Viking and brought me home a few beads once, so they're in there, too.

The turtle broaches are borrowed from mstra_margarita, who had made these out of polymer clay. They're really cute and lightweight and pass the 10 ft. rule, so yay! I'll eventually invest in a pair from Raymond's Quiet Press, but these will definitely do in a pinch. Much love to her for letting me borrow!
Viking Apron Dress - closeup

Still to do:
-stitch down neckline facing
-stitch down shoulder straps
-cut hem on both overdress and underdress
-hem both overdress and underdress
-if time, make myself a new linen shift

Also working on projects for the d'Adeskys - their undertunics still need finishing work, and we need to get Amanda's apron dress patterned and complete. But we're making progress!


Twelfth Night portrait - 2010

Twelfth Night portrait - 2010
Originally uploaded by silverstah
Photo by Baroness Adriana la Bretonne.

Lady Catarina Caravello - wearing a 'London' style hood of a late 14th c. design. Cotton/poly chenille brocade lined in lightweight silk taffeta. Cast pewter buttons. Mid-late 15th c. kirtle with waistseam, brown linen. Detachable brocade sleeves.

Lord Valinn of Windmaster's Hill - Wearing a 14th c. pourpoint modeled after the Charles du Blois pourpoint. Done in poly/cotton chenille brocade, lined in lightweight silk taffetta. Cast pewter buttons, lacing through eyelets up the front. Linen coif and braies. Leather/pewter belt by Billy & Charlie. Woolen chausses, wool felt hat. Boots totally out of period. :)

London Hood - mostly done! :)

London Hood
Originally uploaded by silverstah

I am totally in love with my buttons. Based on no. 47 from Textiles & Clothing, made out of cotton/dead dino brocade and lined in lightweight silk duipioni. Long seams machined, machined buttonholes, no other visible machine stitching. I'll probably go back and hand-do the top ...four buttonholes (the ones that will be visible when it's worn open), but right now I don't have time. And this is proof positive that I really DO take a bad picture. Promise. ;)

Still to do:
-hem & finishing work on Marion's underdress
-add in gores to my sleeves, hem wrists
-fix shoulders on pourpoint
-buttonholes on pourpoint
-finish eyelets on pourpoint
-find my coif, make second coif for Himself to wear
-make arrangements for chausses for Himself (read: throwing $$ at the problem to make it go away)

To do, if I have time:
-make new undertunic for myself, since mine is literally falling apart at the seams

not bad. I have all night tonight and Thursday to do all that, and part of Wednesday night. Improv rehearsal is Wednesday night @ 9pm, so I'll have a good few hours before then to do some handwork. Of course, can also do last-minute handwork on Friday night once we get to the hotel, but I'd prefer not to do that.

Tonight's tasks - hemming Marion's underdress, fixing the shoulders on Himself's pourpoint