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Three! Three Projects Done! AH! AH! AH!

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I love to art, but today shall be about recuperation. Achy wrists, sore fingers joints and tender finger pads are the reason. I came about these pains doing what I love and I will do it all again too.Yesterday, by end of day I had completed three projects off my list: two embroidered, one knit.

A few weeks ago I was asked to embellish two white fighting tunics for the Prince and Princess of the Mists, Antonii and Helga (http://mists.westkingdom.org/). The tunic was provided for me. I appliqued the Principality of the Mists arms on the center of the chest and then did seam embellishments.




I am very pleased with how they came out. Id like to have put the roses on the Princess's arms but time constraints didn't allow it. It is my hope they will be added, perhaps via fabric paint, later. I handed them off at 7:45 to a friend who was delivering them for me yesterday.  *WHEW*

Edit: Two pictures of the Prince and Princess wearing the tunics (Photo by Samantha Raven):



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Fighting Surcoat I made...LOOONG Time ago!

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It was a long time ago, but I was chatting with my SCA brother and I asked if he had a picture of the surcoat I made him. He found this pic and sent it to me. It was the first real applique I had done that was put to "good tough use". The surcoat had four different coat of arms on it. On one should was his household's badge. On his other shoulder was his wife's arms. On the front was his arms and the back was the Northern Army badge. In this picture you cant see back and left shoulder.  I was very proud of this.  Just wanted to share some of my earlier works.

Latest Finished Project: "LaBroder-dress"

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Viking ensemble for a friend. Took me some time what with moving and other life things going on but its finally done. Black linen gown with embroidery and seam treatments and blue linen apron dress with seam treatments. The same treatments on the cuffs of the black gown are on the hem of it as well, which I didn't get a picture of.  Very happy with how it came out and the recipient sent me a wonderful shocked face picture that made me smile.  Here are the images of it.



Still Alive and Embroidering!

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I may be working at a slower pace because of current life events and stresses, but i am still embroidering.  My most recent completed project is East Kingdom Champion Baldrics for the Arts and Sciences.  I volunteered for this project sometime ago and earlier this summer I received the supplies and requirements for it.  Today, i completed them and mailed them to the project manager (tehehehe) and now I can post pictures.

Materials used were linen, cotton embroidery floss and fusible webbing.
Styles of embroidery executed were applique, blanket stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, split stitch and stem stitch.





I really enjoyed the project and am very pleased with how they came out. They will be lined and have a decorative edge put on by the head of the project. When they are completed Ill post a picture.

And now, onto the next project!!

Curve Balls

Life, as it does, threw us a curve ball. Life, is definitely keeping me on my toes. A family illness has kept me away since late April and is going to temporarily keep me from most of the SCA events I would normally go to. I will try to get to one on occasion, as my husband (yes husband..oh yea, got married two weeks ago. Did I forget to say that??) insists that I need to get away for a few hours on my own on occasion to preserve my sanity.  I am hoping to go to an event in NJ this weekend and take photos.

So even though i wont be attending events,  I still plan on working on my embroidered books and studies. I am hoping to post more often with completed projects since I will have more free time on my hands.

Anyway...that's whats going on at the moment. More to come later!

A&S Competitions

Sitting at coronation this weekend, I got into a conversation with a friend about A&S stuff that has been going on in my world. They brought up that they have not seen me enter a competition or challenge in a very long time. They asked why that was.  Its not the first time that I have had someone ask me this. I figured, probably best to put it out there, face the music so to speak. So, here goes.

 Sometime ago, like probably about ten years ago (as my youngest was under a year of age) I entered the Kings & Queens A&S champs.  I was a nervous wreck. I entered an outfit I'd sewn entirely by hand from underwear out. I tablet wove a head band and attached pearls and pewter findings on and braided false braids and attached them to it. The outfit even had handmade self stuffed buttons. Again, i was very nervous. I borrowed a dress form from a friend and set it up with my documentation and then the judging began.

Well, to make a long story short, when I was given the judges s…

Pelican Embroidery

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A friend was elevated to the Order of the Pelican yesterday. Now that it has been given, I can post the images of the embroidery.  I was asked to embroider the medallion for her coat and was given a drawing to go off of.  I am told it was adapted it from a painting inspired by "Conference of the Birds" by Mantiq-ut-Tayr.  

I embroidered using silk threads on the ground fabric of teal silk dupioni. I was very pleased with how it turned out. 
When I have a picture of the recipient wearing it, I will post that as well.








Edit:  This is a picture of "Conference of the Birds" where the design inspiration came from for her Pelican cloak and medallion.



FINISHED!!

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Well it took some time but I completed another 40+ inches of this trim for my friends gown.
Just wanted to post a picture of it completed.

Currently blackwork embroidering cuffs and collar for a friends chemise (here is a pic of that).


I am also knitting a pair of socks for a friend. Ill post a pic of that later when the first one is finished.

Im keeping busy.  Always do!

My Hands are not Idle...

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I am currently working on trim for a friends gown. I have about 15 inches left to go.  It is a Celtic design and I am using a yellow silk embroidery thread with a strand of gold blending filament in it so that it has a little bit of sparkle..just a hint.  Here is a picture of it.







When this is done I have black work cuffs and collar to finish for another friend.  These are the last two things on my "To Do For Others" list.  Then its just me and mine for projects for the remainder of the year. 

I made a promise to myself at the end of 2015 that I would make 2016 a year to concentrate on myself and my family in regards to creative endeavors.  I have a tunic for my fiance that is sewn together but not embellished. My children only have one tunic that fits them and nothing else.  That needs to be rectified. I also want to make some more viking clothing for myself. I am woefully lacking in garb and almost nothing is embellished.  I want to knit socks for myself and my fiance (who …

Socky Goodness

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Made another pair of socks to complete a barter exchange.  These were over the knee thigh high socks she could wear with her garb.  Though a commercial yarn that is quite colorful (four skeins of it) she is quite happy to wear them with her viking.

They look decidedly weird when just sitting on the table but when worn, they are perfect.
If I ever make another pair of these again they will be for me. They took a looooonng time. But i love them.




EMBROIDERED BOOK PORN!!!

A short post because while parusing through Pinterest, I found this embroidered book and I am all about recreating it in the very near future...FOR ME!! HAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Book Porn - Very Safe for Work!

Enjoy!

My "Resolution"...of sorts

2016 is going to be about me. I want it to be the year of creativity and new experiences. I am going to make a list for myself of things I would like to try, learn and do (yes, a bucket list of sorts). I will actively seek teachers if I have difficulty learning it on my own through self study. This will be an active on going list. I will accept any suggestions or help offered.
1. Sign up for an overnight security shift at Pennsic (I've mentioned this one before) 2. Learn to make lamp-work beads for my viking. (i have the set up thanks to the menfolk's Christmas gift) 3. Tablet weaving 4. Learn how to make mead with the 10 pounds of raw honey I have 5. Become competent in the last categories I am not ranked in within Athena's Thimble (Lacis, Needlelace, Openwork & Smocking). 6. Give fencing a try (heavy list i think is too much for my back) and also Archery (I need better arrows, have bow and quiver already) 7. Do more heralding (apparently, I know how to project...who knew!…