martelvonc: (gold laurel)
Because, in my excitement back in January, I forgot to take pictures, here are some photos that [livejournal.com profile] alina_s took for me.

It is the hand washing towel I made for Mistress Alina Silverthorn [livejournal.com profile] alina_s in honor of her being elevated to the Order of the Laurel at Atlantian Kingdom 12th Night, January 10, 2009.

The border design is a mid 16th century pattern and is reversable. It is stitched on linen with silk thread.







martelvonc: (Default)
I've almost completed the knitted pouch. A couple more rows need to be done.

I've FINALLY started on the new late period book cover. I'll have some to show for KASF but it won't be near completed. I really want this project but for some reason have futzed around getting started. It is not a copy of any particular binding but is decorated in the style with bullion, pearls and spangles on red velvet. I've pinched some motifs though.

I'm using real seed pearls with a few artificial 2mm rounds thrown in because I could not find small enough real ones.

It is about 6 3/4" by 4".

Here is an image-


The front will have a laurel wreath with an "M" in the center and the back will have a scallop shell for my device.
martelvonc: (Planning)
because there are many many other projects backed up behind them.

The evil Laurel plan has been postponed. I'm good with this as the gown itself kinda scares me a little bit. Not the sewing of all the stripes, but the patterning of the bodice in the first place. I must work with my two apprenti so that I get it right. They both do later period garb and can help me over this hump.

I'll work on a new linen Laurel hood to wear instead. I've got all of the materials and a new hood pattern drafted by my apprentice Lady Swieczka Kaim. This way I'll still have something new for garb to wear.

Not being one to lament over change I now get to concentrate on my embroidery project for 12th night AND work on my entry for [livejournal.com profile] ladyaneira's 12th night competition.

Sometimes the cosmos just turns the way it is supposed to. Life is good!

Ah yes, after much memory disc searching, because having a daughter who is a photography major in college means you have these things lying around like dust bunnies, I finally found the one with the images of the hand towel I made for the vigil of Sir Axel of Taavistia when he was made a member of the Order of the Pelican in September.




martelvonc: (gold laurel)
Day 1:
I am preparing my ground fabric and frame for my next Elizabethan book cover project. Due to my collection of frame sizes I will only be able to embroider two at a time instead of the four I originally had in mind. Dang it!

This means I'll have to stretch ground fabric AGAIN! Did you know that I HATE this part mainly because it is tedious. The really good part of this is when it is stretched it is done and it will stay beautifully stretched for the duration of the stitching.

I'll post some photos of the stretched velvet later today when I'm done. I may even have a delineation line stitched for the outline of the cover shape. I won't hope for the start of goldwork today.

It's done!

Sep. 2nd, 2008 10:01 pm
martelvonc: (Happiness Fairy)
Sooper Sekrit Project is finished, pressed, bagged, and ready to deliver tomorrow night.

Peektures later.
martelvonc: (busy sewing)
The Sooper Sekrit Projeckt is moving along and I should be finished tonight.

[livejournal.com profile] ladygriele are you still going this weekend? If yes then....
Would you be willing to take it for me? If yes then...
Can I come by your house tomorrow after work and drop it off? If yes then...
I'd get to your place around 6PM.

hehehe! :-)
martelvonc: (busy sewing)
Since I can't show you photos of the SSP I'm working on now I will show you photos from the previous SSP that I made with [livejournal.com profile] alina_s.

We made the handwashing towel for [livejournal.com profile] jljonsn's elevation to the Order of the Laurel at Storvik's Novice Tourney in July.

Alina handwove the towel in linen and I embroidered the laurel wreath.
Alina, never fear, I'm burning a CD with more photos for you or you can steal these.

The towel is in fact white, not orange, but to get the white on white embroidery detail I had to make the lighting wonky. And I did indeed iron out the embroidery hoop mark before I gave it. :-) cut cause i luv peektures )
martelvonc: (Default)
So peeps your intrepid embroiderer once again sets aside one project to make another project.

You shouldn't be surprised, so you, in the back, stop snickering!

No....this time it's not because I said "Ooooo shiney!" Though it might classify as such.
Nope, I'm making an uber cool gift but unfortunately it's a surprise this time so you'll have to wait just a little bit so that it can be given first. I do promise to take photos when I'm done and post them in a couple of weeks.

I've got the rolled hem done, the design laid out, and the stitching started. It will be on linen ground, with white linen stem stitching. I really like it and am happy to be making it.

I hope they like it. :-)
martelvonc: (Default)
Yes, peeps I finally completed my OA project and it went over pretty well at the A&S display during Pennsic. [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn took this nice photo-




The weird thing is I already have the disconnect between all the work I know I put into it and now. It's almost like a body dismorphic disorder. I look at it and it seems familiar but somehow it does not seem possible that I made that picture.

I will be stretching the velvet for my next project this weekend. It's going to be 2 little Elizabethan book covers that I will work at the same time. 1 is for me, and 1 is for the nice lady at Hedgehog Handworks who gifted me with a gift certificate for purl, spangles etc for this project. I have all the materials and was just waiting to finish the lion so that I could work without guilt, because as you all know by now I have the attention span of a hamster.

I'm rather excited about this next project because I've been in love with the concept ever since I saw the extant book at the Folgers in Washington, DC.

Photos as I work will be forth coming. I won't be taking this project out much so I can keep the secret also. This project should take FAR less time than the lion. (Thank GOD!)
martelvonc: (outline Laurel)
That Google Books has full scans of....

Needlework as Art
Lady M. Alford
1886

Church Vestments
Anastasia Dolby (Late Embroideress to the Queen)1868

The History of English Secular Embroidery
M. Jourdain
1912

and that you can save them as PDF files
or print em' off right there.

Kinda like Crack don't ya think?

Just sayin'
martelvonc: (Viking Me)
I got quite a bit done on Saturday at the Dun Carraig event. cut to save your friend's pag )
martelvonc: (Lost My Marbles)
I have been intrigued by the way the back looks as I do the couching.
photo here )

Geeze, I am so distract-able.....
martelvonc: (Lost My Marbles)
"Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work" - Bette Davis

Here is an updated photo of my OA Lion as of tonight-
photo here )

I'm buckling down and putting in at least a hour a day on this right now. The gold you see filled in is about 8 days (20 hours) worth of work.

12th Night, 12th Night, 12th Night........
martelvonc: (OA lion)
I'm posting a photo since I've not taken one since July-
photo here )
martelvonc: (Default)
I've started some of the couched gold on my OA lion project. This is going to be slow going though it covers a bit more at one time. You can't see much in a photo so I'll post pictures in a few days when I have more done.

I ordered some trim for the outside edge of the design from Calontir Trim but I'm not entirely pleased with it the more I think about it. It's not their fault at all. It's just not quite what I wanted. I really need a 1/2 inch metallic trim in red with metallic gold woven in pattern similar to the tablet woven trim that was used to outline elements of Opus Anglicanum in period.

bleh, making it myself is not an option here as I am not nearly a good enough tablet weaver to even attempt it. The most I have done are two belts that came out pretty well but not up to the fine brocade work I need here.


I WILL be done by 12th night....I WILL be done by 12th night.....
martelvonc: (Default)
Since all the cool kids are doing it......

I'm going to participate in Depth, that is to create 50 items in one skill. I'm leaning toward 50 bone carving projects. There are so many things in this art I want to make, fitting to the challenge will be easy.

http://artsandsciences50.org/

I might also do 50 embroidery projects. This one may be a bit more of a challenge because the work is so much slower.

Lets do the math......

50 projects

8 years = 2920 days (not including leap years)

2920/50= 58.5 days per project on average

For my work, that is a do able time frame. Some projects take more time, some take less and it would work out.
martelvonc: (Oh My!)
Here is another photo of the progress I made after about 4 hours of needlework today-

Photo of OA Lion )

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