Like one of my professors* at university said, it's easy to create something that looks cool if all your tools are really bitchin' and stuff, but when you can create awesomosity from crappy craptastic MSPaint, you have some rare talent.
Okay, he didn't say it exactly like that, but it was the 1980s. The "bitchin'" is implied.
Edited to add: The forced perspective really sells it.
*at CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, ENGLAND nyah, nyah, nyah**
**Okay, it was the art school, which wasn't as academically challenging as, say, King's or Trinity. But it was in the same town.
I've been creating a menu for display in the new Governor's House at Jamestown for their Foods and Feasts weekend, and the whole house smells like rosewater off and on (candied fruits: Rosewater, hot water, and whole lotta cane sugar, slice the lemons up and boil them for four hours. Put on a rack and let dry for a week or so). I've got pies and stuff happening too.
I also made myself a new hand-sewn wool jacket out of some beautiful hand-woven wool I bought about four years ago at Pennsic, but I am somewhat larger than I was when I made the pattern (and the wool doesn't actually stretch that much), so I'm going to be wearing it open (as in, it won't close across the front, because my boobs are too big).
Here's a picture of jackets being worn open:( picture cut!Collapse )
Actually, since the pain was akin to being kicked in the solar plexus by a donkey, I now feel comparatively great. We arrived in the ER at about 12:30am Friday, and my "hemorrhagic" stone-filled (and, apparently, studded, since some of them were impacted) little organ was out and I was on my way home by early Friday evening. The most pain I had after that was from a muscle in my right shoulder/neck that got pulled while they were operating.
I am quite happy to be free from ever experiencing that exact pain ever again, I can tell you - the pain medication they gave me didn't work, so I was curled up into a miserable little ball for nearly 12 hours. Bob was a champion and stayed by my side the whole time.
I have 15 or so projects currently running (and about 20 more in the wings), and being tired all the time has done me no service in the completion of these projects, which are starting to whine at me every time I choose to work on one of the others.
Talking to me. Telling me to
Um.. I'd better get back to them.
It was a really great Pennsic; in no particular order, I:
- Took Larissa as an apprentice (on a time-share with Mistress Ceridwen, who is her Pelican). We'll be exploring the more esoteric delights of drawn-work and cut-work embroidery together.
- Got to see my good friend Maeb ingen Brain become a Pelican.
- Had a lovely bardic/singing night on the middle Saturday, with Bob on guitar, and Lisette, one of my apprenteges, with us.
- Got to see my other apprentege, Brian de Moray, get his White Scarf, right after winning back the Iron Spike (literally, as he won it back, their Majesties were walking up behind him - it was great). We managed to get all his family and friends up to the rapier field without him realizing what we were doing. And, in Atlantian Court on Thursday, an emissary from Aethelmearc presented a letter of congratulations to Brian, signed by all the WS in Aethelmearc, and all four Royals. I'm so proud of him.
Despite my physical and "being in a big, dense crowd" issues, I made it down to the new barn to see the Knowne World A&S display, which was full of awesome stuff. While I was there, two very nice Laurels introduced themselves, and one of them also mentioned that they had been involved in a bit of a kerfluffle on a costume list, because their hat was deemed "too 18th Century", and they had modeled it after mine. It seems that the turn-up of the brim in the back was the main issue, so they were hoping I had some info on hats. As it happens, I do.
( Hat-a-rama!Collapse )
I'll post pics and stuff of construction after July 5th - we've just had Bob's daughters and granddaughters to stay, and we're going out of town tomorrow, and I still have to pack and sew and sleep a lot. Until then, check out the pictures in Sandy's Flickr account. It was an awesome day, and we had a lot of fun.
Hey, boys and girls, it's been an intense time here at Casa Mellin, as I've been logging 11-hour workdays to get the ruffs done by our due date. As you can tell, this is turning "tomorrow" into even more of a fluid concept than it usually is.Wanted to show some more pics of the gathered shirt:
These pictures show the way the ruffles are gathered into the cuffs and collar. On the original I'm working from (a Swedish shirt from the 1570s or so), the gathering is done with three lines of 1/8" stitches that are then pulled tight. Since the linen I'm working with is thicker than the original linen (I can't find anything that fine that we can afford), I switched to 1/4" gathers for the neck ruffle. When the three lines are pulled tight, you see what happens above; the gathers are much firmer and hold their shape much better. These gathers are then stitched (with one stitch to each pleat) into the cuffs and collar, working first on one side, then the other. The end result is a fine ruffle that would have been set into shape with starch, but looks pretty nice even without it:
I'll post pics of the finished shirt once I've taken photos.
Cross-posted at Gardiner's Company Blog