Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Paternoster and Misc. Thoughts

Here's an example of a paternoster. I think I'd like to do one of these with the glass beads I'll be getting (see previous post). My persona is of the "generically religious" type, so a paternoster with a tassle instead of a cross suits me.

On an different note, Dearg got a carload of leather yesterday. There are some really nice pieces/colors, and I already claimed one for a new pouch. Since I still haven't located the black ring pouch I made several months ago, I'm in desperate needs of a new pouch. I'm thinking of doing something kind of like this.

And I'm also thinking about putting together a shoulder bag like the white one in this photo (from Nina and Konrad's Homepage- a site I often go to for inspiration). Not sure what I'll use to make it, though. I've got fabric odds and ends all over the place, so I've really got no idea what I have. Since I'm snowed in right now, I might make that today's project: find all my fabric and sort it. Or that might just be a pipe dream.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Garb Fest

So my projects are on hold...again. This time, though, it's because my household has agreed to help a friend with garb for his three children (all in the pre-teen, young teen age range). We're making Viking, Mongolian and 14th Century English garb- one outfit each. It's cool though. I need to take a break from my stuff anyway, you know, to re-gain perspective.

We're doing it for trade. Our friend is a glass bead maker. I found a really cool bead effect called "raked" (here's an example). I asked for blue and white, green or teal. He says that if he combines teal and ivory they turn into silver where they mix. I think that would be an awesome accessory for the teal fitted dress when I finally have it. Not sure how yet. I'll need to research 15th century bead jewelry.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

That's My Boy!

Owen is on YouTube! I love my son.

Additionally, as you can see, I wore my blue open hood to the Fenix 12th Night. It's not really finished, as the edges need to have a rolled hem still. I just couldn't think of any other thing to wear on my head, and I've got so many options now, there's no excuse for going without a headdressanymore!
I'm not sure what I did wrong around the neck and shoulders, but as you can see in the photo below, it's not sitting right. I think part of the issue is that the wool is a tropical weight, and so the whole thing is really flat. I probably need to double it, but I only had enough of the blue for one layer.

I forgot to get a picture of the smocked apron. The girl I gifted it to was already wearing an apron, so she didn't put it on, which means I didn't think to ask her to indulge me with a photo. She's chosen a German persona, and the apron is English/French, but it's cool and will go a long way to making her look a but more period while in the kitchen.
That's all I've got for now. I've got to re-evaluate my project pile in the next week or so. I keep picking up the pink dress, but I'm at a point where I'm not at all sure that I know what to do next. That may be one of those cases where I just need to start sewing, and go from there. Otherwise, I've got some wool fabric I need to figure out what to do with. And I've got a few other items I'm just needing key materials for (like rings and buckles). Always something to do....

Saturday, January 3, 2009

New Year - So Much to Do!

Where to begin. I finished the smocked apron finally! I cheated, though, with my new sewing machine! I don't have a photo because I decided to give it as a 12th Night gift and it's already wrapped.

Let's see, what else.... I started the blue wool open hood as well. I started it kind of spontaneously, so I don't have photos of that either. I've still got to finish it, so I'll have some photos of that when I'm done with it.

Now that I have the sewing machine, I can get that pink Durer dress back into the pile. Though I could handsew it, it will just be easier to do it on the machine, and, right now, I'm all about easy.

I got a yard each of black and brown wool for my birthday. I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but there are a couple of things on the list I could use them for. I might use the brown to replace the felt I used on my goller and the black for a hood. Maybe.