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Hey -

I haz big projektz.  Both at work and at home, so I may be sporadically amazing, as opposed to continually amazing (no, no false modesty here!) in my posting.  The work one is pretty boring, but the home one is a new jacket, with spangles and gilt silk twist and pretty fill stitches, so I'm pretty excited to be working on something big again.

It does mean, though, that the embroidery will be calling me, and computer time (not to mention housework - sorry, Bob!) will suffer.  I'm 100+ hours (gussets, shoulder wings, and half a sleeve outlined)  in, and looking at 2500-3000 hours overall. 

Um, yeah.  I'll be done some time at the end of next year.  If I'm lucky.  Arm pain is a bit more severe now than it was for my previous jacket, so I might go a bit slower.

Why a new jacket?  Well, I'm bored of the old one.  Yeah, that's it.

*pause*

Okay, okay - the sad truth is that I'm addicted to embroidery, and working on the Plimoth jacket made me want to try some new techniques on one of my own.  Plus, spangles.  I like glittery spangles - it's the Elizabethan equivalent of putting Swarovski crystals on everything.  Or Beadazzling.  I will also get to fix some of the sizing issues from the last jacket, and this one will go with a different set of skirts, since it will be black and gold (my SCA device colours, not that anyone really knows that, since I almost never display them).  I want to play with goldwork, detatched buttonhole, various kinds of fills, from dense to light, and play with design.

...And I like jackets.  I am jacket woman.   It will be the most complicated thing I've tried so far, and I'm excited.  I'm not keeping it mysterious, because I want to share.  Some of the work will be really new for me, and I want you all to suffer with me see my learning curve.

So, when I'm bored, or can't think of anything to post, you may get pictures.  Until then, talk amongst yourselves about my insanity.

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leofwynne
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:10 pm (UTC)
You're insane. But I mean that is the most loving way. :)
I can't wait to see pix of the progress....and I live vicariously through you because I do not have the patience and stamina for such a project, but oh, how I love the end result!
Enjoy!
_medb_
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oooo! Pictures please! :>

Speaking of addictions to embroidery- would you mind if I displayed a coif made from one of your patterns at the A&S display at Pennsic? (I might wear it that day instead, but if I don't I was considering displaying, as I've had some friends tell me I should) I'd of course list the relevant details giving you credit (I'm a librarian, so citation is like breathing ;), and I can email you with a pic of it if you'd like.
attack_laurel
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Are you kidding? I'd love you to display it! It might be my pattern, but it's your work! Take lots of pictures! :)

Seriously, though - the embroidery instructions are deliberately vague so that you put your own creativity and work into the piece, making it really your own. All you have to do on my end is mention that it's from my pattern (four words is all that's needed: "pattern by Laura Mellin"). Everything else is all you.
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elizabethnmafia
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see pictures. I'm sure it's going to be gorgeous and I'm very happy you have a project your so excited about. :)

I can't wait to see what you do with the spangles and fill stitches. I'm planning on using spangles and doing some complicated (for me :)) fillwork on my jacket but I know your stuff is just going to be mind blowingly gorgeous.

firenzekat
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
thanks for sharing.
I am looking forward to the pics in progress. It is great (as well as informative) to see how others tackle a project and new techniques.
Plus, I like pretty pics!
:)
naath
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
Cool! I envy your dedication.
raventhourne
Jul. 22nd, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'll be very interested to watch the progress of this endeavor. I really liked your last jacket and will be gleefully awaiting any photos you post.

I understand the fascination with a long term project. It feeds my OCD.
jennylafleur
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh fun! I love jackets too. Every 18th century outfit I make wants to be a jacket. Sometimes I'm able to resist but it's hard when I love the little jackets so much. The only Elizabethan garment that is on "The List" (TM) is one of these embroidered jackets... I wonder why? :>

And huzzah for spangles! :>
cathgrace
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I wondered if a new jacket was the project you alluded too. Are you going to be taking any of the pieces down to the farm? If so maybe one of the weekends you are down I could come and visit and we could sit and embroider together. (I've fallen miserably behind on my coif since the move.) Ask me if I miss hanging out and stitching at Plymouth......
attack_laurel
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Totally. Any weekend we're at the farm, you're welcome to come over. :)

At the moment, it's all portable, but if I can't work out any way to work on the gold without a hoop, it may have to then sit on my large fram at home. ...But that's going to be a while. I've got at least 700 hours of outlining, then another 300-500 or so of fill before I get to the GST and the gold.
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soldiergrrrl
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
Okay..so uh...there's this chick I know...a friend of a friend...she's interested in embroidery, but doesn't have a clue where to start. What would you recommend for me her to get started?
strawberrykaren
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
I know the chick wasn't asking me, but here's my advice ...
  1. Join your local SCA kingdom's embroidery guild. You can find links to the guilds at aeg.atlantia.sca.org/links.htm. It's a good way to connect with someone who can help you hands-on, and who'll know where the good shops are in your area.
  2. Practice. Get your hands used to how much tension the fabric will need, how tightly (or loosely) each stitch goes, etc. Use scrap fabric for practice work (I prefer using linen as a ground fabric -- often scrap linen from garb projects, if I'm just testing something out -- but other fabrics can work); if I'm testing out a stitch, I'll generally use craft-store DMC; stranded cotton floss for counted-work, thicker perle cotton for other stuff.

Some useful websites for beginners:
http://www.medieval.webcon.net.au
http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/
http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html

As to which specific books, shops, materials, tools, techniques, etc. I'd recommend ... that does depend on which techniques you're interested in learning, whether you want to create your own designs or work from designs created by other people, etc. I keep a list of my embroidery books at http://larsdatter.com/biblio.htm and out of those I'd say that the "Learning Techniques and Applications" section will probably have more of the sorts of books that will help a new embroiderer.

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ladypyrate
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
Yay for challenging projects. Mine is *much* smaller right now. I'm doing knitted Tabi, with a lace pattern. First time with Tabi, and first time reading lace charts. WHeee!
courtierka
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
I am sorry about this but:

Knitted Tabi = ????

I knit and am looking to make something new and different...

Katheryn de Gonneville
maricelt
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Piccies! Want Piccies now!
No, I wasn't the demanding child... ever. :>
I'm so excited for you!
You've inspired me to my own and I've assembled the bits to do it, and now I'm just waiting for winter when I'll start embroidering again.

So, first question, what are you using for the ground?

::excited:: squee.
attack_laurel
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Irish linen from Fabrics.com. :)
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chargirlgenius
Jul. 22nd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sounds fabulous! Can't wait to see pictures! I'd been wondering what you were up to, you seemed quiet lately.
valkyr8
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Fantastic! I don't even dabble in this period, but I was very tempted by seeing all of the cool pictures from Plimoth. What a wonderful project!

::please ignore my bragging below, but I'm excited::
I've started my 4th pair of silk Eleanora stockings. I'm almost to the point where I can start shaping the leg (5 1/2"). I'm trying to see how quickly I can knit one. My first pair is going to the Sock Museum in OR. http://www.sockmuseum.com I also got co-credit for writing the pattern so other people can become corrupted.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
femkederoas
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
You're the Porter Wagner of Historical Costuming.
florentinescot
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
ROTFLOLWTOOME!

wonder if she'll put Wagon Wheels on the jacket? I can see it now .......
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etinterrapax
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see your pictures! I think one of the best things about the Plimoth project is that it made that kind of project seem so possible. Until then, that work and that life felt pretty remote to me.
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