Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Projects! SQUEEEE!!

New projects always excite me! I have three on my plate right now..two have no deadline. One is a commissioned book for a friend's elevation. He was given a writ so he is aware of the impending honor.  I am currently doing research on that project. Im contemplating embroidering a scene on one half of the cover, in a similar manner as the alms purses were done (pictured below is an example that is housed at the Met in NYC). More on that when I have a more concrete design.

My other projects are a blackwork set of cuffs and collar for a friend, per her request. Ive started one here. I am going over four spaces because over two on the fabric she provided would make me blind. Im fast approaching that with age so I dont want to hurry it along. ;)

I am using Splendor twisted black silk, one strand, over four as I said. I like how it is coming out.

My other project is a norm...a pair of socks. This is great for me to have at work for when its slow or if I have a particularly chatty client, which is quite often when you work in the antiques market.

This yarn is a 75/25 Superwash merino wool/nylon blend, fingering weight.   I figured with Christmas coming, a few handmade presents for family and close friends is in order...and I do so love to knit.

Well, back to work! 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

And it is finally finished!

This morning, I put the final stitching into the the knotwork tunic for my consort.  I cannot believe it has taken me so long to do it, nearly two years. I am thrilled with how it came out and I look forward to seeing him wear it.

At the collar, I stitched a double herringbone stitch in the matching colors to the hem trim. Then did a running stitch in blue to hem the neckline.  (which the full length shot it had not been done yet)

I am very pleased with how it came out. My guy asked when I was starting his. After a poignant look, I said "Not for a little while dearest".

And now...onto the next project!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Still going....

Just an update on my consort's tunic. I am finally on the last color of the never ending knotwork. When this is done I will be hemming the neckline and the sleeves and doing some other decorative stitching on the upper half of the tunic.  I have hopes to finish it by Crown tourney (no, not so he can fight in it!)  I have been using split stitch for this knotwork.  Here is a pic of it currently:

I am lucky enough to have a boss that doesnt mind if i embroider or knit at work as long as i do all my job duties.

More pics later when its done!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

And..another new hobbie begins

So, last night a friend convinced me to go with her to her ceramics class. I rarely get out and do things just for myself so I said yes.  When I got inside I was given several areas of biskware to pick from to paint.  Not being a particularly cutsie holiday chachky kinda gal, I saw plates and bowls and mugs.  So I took a mug and a plate.  I contemplated what pattern to draw and fell back on illumination days and said this could be some nice feast gear.   I penciled on an ivy design and proceeded to paint, picking the ivy to be a heraldic gold and the rest of the plate (outer edge and underside) to be blue.  Here are two pictures of it. Next week Ill be putting the top coat on it (a clear glaze) and have it fired.  You can see the mug in the background. Trying to think of a good design for that.  Im open to suggestions for the mug.  Stay tuned for the finished product!!!

In the meantime, I have completed the white on celtic knotwork tunic of doom for my consort and have started the green. I think I have been working on this tunic for near two years. Im hoping to have it done for him for Crown Tourney (no, not to fight in).  More pictures later of that as well.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Embroidered Trim

Now that they have been worn, I can post about my latest project.  Sometime back in the summer I was approached about embroidering trim for their Highnesses coronation garb. After the pattern was set upon, I got to work.

The materials I used are:

Splendar Silk Embroidery Thread
Dupioni Silk

I used a light box to trace the pattern onto the base fabric. The stitches used were split stitch and chain stitch.  90 inches were embroidered for the edge of his now Majesty's tunic.

Pictures below:

I am in the works currently making an applique to put on her Majesty's gown. I'll post those when it is complete.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Viking Concert Hoodie (yea you read that right)

A little while back, a request was made of me from my guy. He jokingly said he wanted the picture from his favorite album embroidered onto a tunic.  I said no. He laughed at me, stating he wanted a period concert t-shirt since he is a jeans and t-shirt kinda guy.  Nope, nope, nope. So, he begged a little more and said..what about on a hood? It will still sit in the same spot and i see images of things on hoods all the time!! *sigh* I relented, and below is the results. 

I had made him a hood of green wool, but went a long while unembellished.  So, I found the image of his favorite album, translated the words into runes from an online translator and after a few weeks of embroidering..ta-da! 

I used DMC cotton thread and the soluble embroidery backing for the design.  The words in the circle say "Strange cousins from the west" which is the album title. The name of the band is underneath: Clutch. It is done in satin stitch, split stitch and back stitch. I did herringbone stitch to hide the machine seams.

Now, yes I know this is no way even close or remotely period. He doesn't care...he just loves that I made him a viking concert hoodie, and he walked around wearing it for nearly an hour today (in our air conditioned house..I was 80+ outside). Now, onto the next project!! :D