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THE project is done!!!!!

January 20th, 2008 (06:37 pm)

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 :)


Class Handout on Machine Embroidery

November 25th, 2007 (11:56 am)

I am building a new web site - it's going to take a while. But, for anyone that is interested I have made my class handout for "Thinking Outside the Hoop, Machine Embroidery for the Anachronist" available. The site is at http://www.marianjasper.com/

Progress on my German Renn Dress

November 17th, 2007 (05:47 pm)

Slowly but surely this dress is coming together. I had help last weekend doing some fittings. I made a kirtle for this dress mainly because i feel more comfortable having it rather than the dress holding up my "assets". I will post some pictures of the kirtle eventually. It doesnt look fitted on the dress form because the i didnt adjust the form - its functioning mainly as a hanger here. Everything here is pretty much just pinned together - I have to take in the side seams of the bodice, get the cartridge pleats set and then sew the skirt to the bodice, line the bodice, etc. Once that is all done i can get the sleeves fitted and set. Click on the image here and it should take you to the gallery for this dress.

Crown was fun! Vivat to the new Prince and Princess

October 21st, 2007 (11:18 am)

Went to Æthelmearc Crown Tourney a few weeks ago. A beautiful day despite intermittant showers. Here are the finals. The outfits the King and Queen are wearing were made by me :) Also...I am in the video! LOL Wearing my Viking - I am to the direct right of King Duncan towards the end of the video - holding the box with the crown for the prince. I'm wearing the red hangerock with blue underdress - long blonde braid down my back. I've embedded the video here if you can't see it and are interested...here's the url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zz3mN1XR6g

Finally, Sewing something for me and good news

October 10th, 2007 (06:24 pm)

I have been wanting to make a German style gown. So...here we go. I made a sloper for the bodice, and then I was off and running. So far I have the bodice almost done - the collar is embroidered and beaded. The skirt is cut and one of the guards is embroidered and I am almost done beading it. The fabric is a very fine dark green wool I purchased at Pennsic - the pictures just do not do it justice. In low light it looks almost black. The guards and collar are cotton velvet.
I have not yet decided exactly what the sleeves will look like, I am going back and forth between a straight sleeve and the puff and slash look.
I will be posting more pictures soon. Here is the bodice - there are more photos in the gallery - click on the German Dress link in the list to the right to view.

i almost forgot to post this..just got some pics

Mys son Wolfgang (CJ) Won the Youth Tourney at Fall Coronation and is now the Youth Champion for the Kingdom of AEthelmearc

of course i am proud of him! AND wish i had my camera to get his face in the photos! He's only 16 ladies LOL...jail bait

At home at Pennsic

August 29th, 2007 (10:11 pm)

home sweet tent and the street where we live looking from camp down Battle road

I AM a proud Mom LOL

August 29th, 2007 (10:01 pm)

He just came back from the Midrealm Youth Tourney where he won "Most Chivalrous" and "Best Dressed" he handed me the ring he won for best dressed and told me "This belongs to you Mom" he's such a sweetheart! You cant see it here but his shield is embroidered to match his tabard...i cant take credit for the striped pants...those he chose to wear himself LOL No matter...he's a teenager...i am just happy he is having fun.

a little glimpse of Pennsic and something else....

August 29th, 2007 (06:35 am)

My son was getting ready to go guard the Princess in the picture of him in the black - he's 16, he wants to be a pirate LOL The black cotehardie is one i made for him..HIS design really - the buttons are tiny skulls.

Well..i am adding a little something to this post...a boast LOL..yup..a proud Mom i am. Each year our local newspaper, the Beaver County Times, publishes a special magazine style football edition as an insert. Football is king here..we are close to Pittsburgh - so go figure. My son is a Junior this year - he's been playing football since he was 10 and this is his second year playing with the varsity team at Balckhawk HS, they played (lost but at least they got there) at Heinz Field last year for the playoffs. This year for the football edition they were selecting one player from each school to profile in the football edition and the theme seemed to be to show that these kids are well rounded guys as well as athletes. How they chose my son i am not quite sure...someone recommended him. Up till now he's pretty much kept his Tamburitzan dancing and SCA stuff under wraps. But not anymore! LOL Here is a copy of the article...the write up was beautiful - very nice writing and tho he IS my son and his IS boasting...i do believe they really captured his essence. The writer did an excellent job. BTW...CJ had to come home from Pennsic that day to be interviewed. If you click on the picture you should be able to read the article.

The last picture is from the Tamburitzan Concert this Spring.

The picture in the red cote is outside of court.

what i have been doing lately?

July 16th, 2007 (03:07 pm)

tons of sewing...but not for me! I don't always have time to do "photo sessions" and i am thankful when the recipients of my work send me pictures. I just got this one from our Baron and Baroness in the new fighting gambesons i made for them. This is right before the first tournament they fought in with them...BEFORE anyone hit them! LOL They were fun to make and even more fun to see them in because they were what they wanted and they are happy with them. Their smiles are my best reward.

the new helm

April 15th, 2007 (11:58 pm)

graciously loaned to me for my own use...here is the "new" helm...and now i need the proper armor...Gamboised cuisses? In brocade? hmmmmm

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