Monday, May 23, 2016

running like the Red Queen

in which our plucky heroine embarks on a slow sewing project...

The gown this embroidered cuffs and yoke decorated was close to twenty years old, and the original linen garment was far too threadbare to patch again. Fortunately, the beautiful plaid indigo linen twill, a gift from Kateline, seems as if perfectly matched to the venerable embroidery.

I've been gradually reattaching the embroidered pieces to the component sections of the new garb. It is tricksy, since they were not originally created as applied pieces, so deconstructing the older gown leaves odd edges that need finished in ways that don't always line up readily with the new. However, it is well worth the effort, since another linen undergown will be most welcome at summertime SCA events

and because it is Monday, here is a tiny delight...


Went out on my bike to do the grocery shopping that was put off yesterday due to crashing rain and electrical storm. On the way home found yards of sturdy if weathered 1/2" hardware cloth being discarded... SCORE! Managed to carry it home on the bike rack, rather awkwardly, since it wasn't neatly rolled and I only had one bungee.
I may now have enough to build the chicken fencing hurdles that have been on my wishlist for forever. (I have been scavenging hardware cloth for several years now) With some 2x2 lumber, some eye screws, some rebar pieces, and the hardware cloth, a whole set of moveable panels can be built, to contain the hens and use them to destroy grass and weeds and cultivate and fertilise the yard.

I carved a few more tiny stamps, and each one allows even more variety in the trim designs; in the last few days, have completed eight different designs of multicolor block printed trim-for-sale: motifs are about 5/8" wide, fabric strips are 2 1/2" wide, 46" long; $25 ea

As far as I know, printed trim was not really used in the SCA time period. My intention with this is to provide, for self, friends, and others, something that imitates some of the elaborately woven or embroidered embellishments that were used on garments. Just as a lot of the block printed fabric that I and others create is also in imitation of and inspired by the elaborately woven fabrics that were used in period and mostly not available in modern times

Actually weaving or embroidering trim is not something everyone wants to do, and while I myself enjoy both those activities, and a lot of my garb has embroidered or tablet woven embellishment, I also think that an alternative to commercial machine-woven trim might be a good thing, the hand printing has slight variations that seem quite appropriate, in the same way that hand embroidery and hand weaving are variable.

May SMART goals
1 printed trim samples caged feral roses cardboard recycling
2 banner design block printed my
undergown hem
1300 lb shed debris
3 small coin pouch shed gone 11 concrete piers
4 charter #8 planted green onions yard waste bin
5 Aesa apron dress repair chook waterer some apple thinnings
6 11 scissors cases rebuilt undergown -
7 blockprinted trim - -
8 Viking purse - -
9 charter #9* - -
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1 comment:

  1. The printed trims are lovely, and I hope will sell well for you.