After three months of toil the men's Henrecian we made for one of our members was worn for the first time last night. I hold the sewing circle for our Canton. My friend Bovi the Viking came to me in October with the wish to make something very different to wear for 12th night celebrations this year. He's been coming to sewing circle for almost a year now and has learned a lot and wanted to learn more. He said if I would make this for him he would help. The rest of our group soon hopped on the bandwagon and the result is in the Gallery section of my journal. We used this as a learning experience for him and for the rest of ourselves. I designed and did all the embroidery (machine of course - to do this by hand would have been nuts! LOL) the pattern was taken from a book of period embroidery and then I modified it to fit his heraldry - he is a blacksmith and the quatrefoil is in his device. He especially likes the barbed wire looking borders. EVERYONE sewed the pearls and beads - the pearls are real as are the semi precious gemstone beads. In the entire outfit there are over 7 million stitches - about 10,000 yards of gold embroidery thread. We figured about 100 hours of machine time. We started this in October and finished up yesterday morning (the last thing we made was hosen LOL)
You cant see them very well but Bovi even made shoes - and pearled them! He also made jeweled and pearled gloves and the hat all on his own. He cut out everything and did a LOT of the construction - and tons of hand work.
We had the best time doing this - just about every Sunday from October to last week a core group of 5 of us worked on this as well as others that dropped by from time to time.
This project just sort of evolved and we had the absolute best time doing it - we have decided that this is the first outfit in what we now call the "Great Garb Project". Everyone picks their "dream garb" and we have at it! One person at a time. We already have the next project planned and the fabric arrived last week.
I hope you enjoy the pictures and comments are very welcome :)
MORE PICTURES IN THE GALLERY