Thursday, March 8, 2018

Retro Post - Weaving. August 2014

My Husband and I enjoy going to Yard Sales on Saturday's.  You never know what you will find.  So one Summer morning we came across the cleaning out of Grandma's house.  There was all types of stuff out.  Nice and clean, well organized.  The kind of  "gem" you hope for.
Well there was this "pile" of wood on the ground.  I quickly recognized the stretcher frames, but there was more.  An old but intact box which said BEKA with instructions and all the parts. There was another Rigid frame and other objects (odd heddles, weaving sticks, pick up sticks etc).  I said How much, the son said  $10.00, I said SOLD.  I wasn't sure what I got, but knew I had hit gold.

It toke about a year from then to actually do some weaving.  I purchased yard from a mill in Maine at the Rochester (NY) Sheep and Wool fair the following fall, and started collecting books on weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom.  My husband, being a handy guy, built me a stand to hold the frame so I could work on it free standing.  He also made me a warping board, and was/is my tension when winding up the loom for weaving.

This is my first piece. Simple even weave.  Learned a lot doing this one.  Edges can be tricky.   
Second weave.  Using different widths to create the pattern.

I then created a sampler with the pick up sticks to learn how to make different patterns in the weave.

After this I have done several weaves.  Most are even weaves patterns.  Since I have given these away as gifts I never remember to take pictures of them first.  Oh Well.
I enjoy weaving.  It is relaxing.  I often take the loom to Demo's.  It is something which is easy to transport, and attracts a lot of attention.
I have several more projects I want to weave.  Multiple heddles on a Rigid, different patterns, and figure out how to do a designed edge using pick up.

Embroidery Schola part II

Teaching went well on Saturday the 24th.  Had 11 Students.  I would say the majority of them caught on right away.  Had a few who had conceptual difficulties.  And two Lefties.  Those who are left handed are the most difficult to teach, as went I look at what they are doing it all looks wrong.  Luckily one Lefty got it right away and was sitting next to Toi (friend) who was a lost lefty.  So I left the first lefty women to teach the second lefty women. "You always learn more when you teach".  The class had two hours so I taught several stitches.  1) Standard Braid Stitch.  2) Ladder Braid Stitch, and explained Ladder Stitch and Double Ladder Stitch.  The last two are done in both metal and Silk thread in Period.
I will repeat this class at Hrim Schola on 3/17.  This will be only a one hour class, so only one stitch can be covered.
It is really great when you see the "light" go on and the person learning "get's it".

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Embroidery Schola

I am teaching this Saturday 2/24/2018 at Athena Thimble's embroidery Schola at Camelot.  I am going to do Gold Work.  I will be showing several different Elizabethan braid stitches.  I love Elizabethan embroidery from the 1500-1600 period.  The gold braids and stitches they used made their pieces sparkle.  So I will share how to do these, and the materials to use.
 Teaching the braid work shown here.  The gold ring is the double ladder stitch.

Monday, February 12, 2018

I return

It's been a while since I have been blogging.  I honestly lost interest in posting my work here.  I created a Face Book page for myself - Lady Elaine Howys of Morningthorpe.  There you will find my most recent work.
I will start posting my current projects here.  I will also do periodic Retro Post on items I have made over the last five years, to bring this up to date.

Stay turned.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Final Push #6


Friday, January 18, 2013

final push #5 or Fear Factor

I have put my question out to the "Hive" at the Elizabethan Costume facebook group.  This group of people are some of the best minds, or most involved in the making of Renaissance Clothing.  I got over 49 responses.  The experts mostly concur that no one really knows why.  There are theories.  But it was reported that even the people who restored this dress do not know why it was done.  But the fact remains  "It was done" in period.

So now I need to head down stairs.  Take a deep breath, and do this.  I have 1 1/4 inch to use for the hem.  If I sew on a Bias Hem facing I will then have one inch to make the tuck.  The tuck in the Pisa dress starts about 5 inches from the center, on each side of course.    It is hard to tell actual dimensions from the pictures alone.  It could be more.  But that is where I will start.  I need to unsew the center edge.  The use another 5 inches to get the full depth of the tuck to one inch. Then "Horrors" cut the hem and taper from where the tuck reaches one inch done to zero then the five inches to the center.  Once I've done this there is no going back.  The skirt panels are straight, but the hem has some curve to it.  A dry run of pinning this up is called for. 

Back to the Sewing room.  "Typing on the Blog is actually an avoidance of work"

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Italian Chemise

I have made the Chemise for the Italian dress.  The binding does not lay as flat as I would like, but when worn under the parlett, it shows up very nice.