Pouch all done!

I am finally done with my contribution to the Estrella giftbasket!
I used metal beads for all the tassles and for the closing cords I used carved bone beads that I think are pretty neat.
The cords are made with basic fingerloop braiding with DMC cotton.
Now it only needs to join the rest of the giftbasket to travel across the pond!

The little alms pouch I made for the Estrella giftbasket.

Progress on gift item

Today I attatched the ensignia embroidery on the wool the pouch will be made of.
First I cut off exessive fabric around the embroidery, then I attatched the embroidery to the fabric with regular hem stitches. I had to undo it once and reattatch it since it became obviously tilted.

After it was all fastened to the background fabric I took a piece of the DMC yarn and couched it down around the edges of the patch to cover any of the white linnen showing around the edges.

The embroidery all fastened on the pouch outer fabric.

Estrella giftbasket project

Since one of my eminent minions (Viscountess Whilja) is the King and Queens chamberlain she is in charge of getting the giftbasket for Estrella War together – and hence I feel it my obligation to suport her work. 😀
The King and Queen will hand the giftbasket over to Their Majesties of Calontir so I decided to make something with their ensignia on. And due to the far travelling that we Drachenwalders have to do to attend events across the big pond, we can’t make to big or to heavy items.

After finding out what other people in the Barony where I live are planing to do, I finally decided to make an alms/reliquary pouch.
On the pouch I will aplique an embroidered patch with the Calontir ensignia.
After three days of cursing and hating the embroidery – it is finally done! The reason for the cursing was basically the fact that I made the crosstitch embroidery on a regular linnen fabric which is woven of uneaven threads and which is quite tightly woven.
I used the charter made for the Atlantian embroiderers guild which has brilliant charters for all Kingdom badges! The yarn used is regular DMC yarn since I happened to have the right colours at home – however they are not the ones recomended on the charter.

The embroidery measures about 5,4 x 5,4 cm (about 2 incehs) and this is how it turned out:

The embroidery I made for the alms pouch that will be part of the Estrella giftbasket from Drachenwald.

Overload of inspiration

I am currently suffering from a complete overload of inspiration when it comes to the projects I want to do for myself…
A very odd thing, this overload… The result is that I want to start all parts of the project at the same time, but instead of getting anything done I can’t concentrate on one. I end up doing a littlebit here, a little bit there not really getting started on anything…
The only thing that has made any progress is the skirt for the planned Cranach style dress. I am currently sewing down the leave on the inside of the first stripe but it takes forever as it always does with full German Renaissance skirts.

Some good news today was that I got a message from the National Museum in Copenhagen that my copy of Medieval Garments Reconstructed – Norse Clothing Patterns, has shipped! And on top of that I found a better place to buy my freshwater pearls for the bead embroideries on the Cranach dress! Turns out I can get 40 strands for the same price as I would pay for 24 strands in a different place… 😀

Today I also started the small project I will make for the Drachenwald giftbasket at Estrella thta will be given to the King and Queen of Calontir. However, I was quickly reminded that one shouldn’t do counted thread embroidery when it is late and one is already tired…
Tomorrow I will have to undo some tiny crosstitches and correct my error…

Bag done

So this is how the bag turned out in the end!
I hope Mistress Helena von Eltz (aka Elina from Neulakko) will find it useful!

The bag in all its glory! I am really happy with how it turned out and I will make one for myself – but I am a bit hesitant about apliqueing a pelican… 😉
The bag a bit closer. All the edges were stitched down with a woolen yarn the same shade as the fabric.
The aplique close up. It was made with a white wool fabric stitched down by couching a naturally dyed yellow wool yarn with a thinner yellow wool yarn. The bag is lined with a green silk.

Elevation of a friend

This last weekend my friend known in the SCA as Helena von Eltz (to others known as Elina from Neulakko) was elevated to the Order of the Laurel. A very big occasion for an scadian. 🙂
My gifts to her were a patch to go on her hood (11 of her friends embroidered patches on the same base fabric) and a shoulder bag of wool lined with silk and withe a laurel wreath apliqued on the lid of the bag.
If you want to read more about the gifts and see all of the patches made for her hood go here.

I made my embroidered patch by couching a metal thread with an naturally dyed silk.
The same silk was used to outline each laurel leaf.
In the center I embroidered my initial letters with satin stitch. All outlining is done with split stitch.

Close up of my embroidered patch for Helenas Laurel hood.
The patch I embroidered for Helenas Laurel hood made with metal thread and silk.


























The bag was made of a nice and thick blue wool lined with a dark green silk. It still needs it final touches but the process of the aplique of the laurel wreath can be seen here:

I cut out a template of the laurel wreath and used one of the cut out leaves as template for the woolen leaves.
I pinned the leaves in place using the template.














All leaves in place!
I couced the leaves in place using a thick naturally dyed wool yarn that was couched with a thin one.











All done with the aplique!




About being good at everything

Since I am planing to do some extensive embroidery on the cranach dress I am currently gathering information and materials for, I started reading up on medieval/renaissance embroidery a bit more. And even though this has been said about fivehundred times and even if I have been aware about this before – it is not in the modern human beings nature to picture different parts of a costume as seperate pieces of work.
We want to be able to do them ALL and ofcourse – with perfect result.
It is hard to remember that for instance the fur lining of something was not made by the tailor. And that the embroidered decorations were the work of someone else aswell.
Or 5 someone elses in some cases…
When we do our reconstructions, we want to do what perhaps 4 different masters made together – but we want to make it even better than they did back in the days.
Now, isn’t that slightly insulting to the skills of the old time masters?
Or actually – isn’t that WAY to much preasure to put on oneself?!
To make a master embroiderer or embroideress you had to be aprenticed for at least 8 years according to the regulations for Paris embroiderers drawn up and aproved 1303. (Medieval craftsmen, Embroiderers, Kay Stanland, Tne Brittish Museum Press, Page 13.)
You were not allowed to work after sunset and you were not allowed to work on any fast days or holidays.
Now, we can omit all that, but the fact remains: This was their day job and they worked really hard to gain the skills of a Master or Mistress.
We do not pressume to emidiately have the same skills as a Saville Row Tailor theese days.
We do not think that by just liking and having an interest for architecture we would be able to draw and build our own house with a perfect result – on our first try.
But when it comes to recreating medieval or renaissance cotumes – we sometimes tend to think that we can achive what it took masters YEARS to achieve – in just a few weekends.
So, what I am trying to say is that we should sometimes give ourselves a break.
And be good enough.
Do really good for a first try.
And dare to admit that we might not be able to be a Master tailor, Master embroiderer, a Master goldsmith and a Master weaver at the same time