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Snow White completed

24 hours and we went from fabric to finished. Dress was constructed of silk, lined with linen. Special thanks to everyone who worked on this with me Amy (mid), Holly (mid), Eleanor (Calontir), and Patresha (mid). This is our interpretation of what Snow White would have actually worn.

Kleid (dress)
Gollar (dickie)
Goldhaube (hat)
Belt
Hose
Stock (underdress/skirt)
Hemd
Churz (apron)
Tallerbaret

We started with silk from my business trip to Thailand. We had the option of doing wool, but thought the silk would be richer in color/sheen. We ended up using gold, blue, crimson and white. We had the option to go with brighter, crayola color pallet, but chose jewel tones.
silk

Collar and protege belt. The crescent is the EK order for service, the bear is my protege mark.
collar

The goldhaube, 6 sheep “pearls” for CB and “royal arson” for a motto.
hat

Sleeve construction
poofs

Here is the completed top
top

Getting ready
ready

24 hours later, we had a dress
finished

 
 

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Heraldic Slip Cover

Been working on my artisan swap gift the last few months. I made an embroidered hankie, with pulled work border, with silver gilt appliques for heraldry. Then the a cat yaked on it and I had to start over again. I got the border re-pulled and 1/2 of the appliques down. I was not going to get it finished even with the 2 week extension. My hands couldn’t handle the speed needed for the hand sewing/deadline.

So I started a different project, that I could finish in a short time period and still be nice looking.

Slip Cover

This is the heraldic slip cover for rounded metal back chairs.  I got a folding chair with a rounded top, the kind you are most likely going to find at events with folding chairs. I created a pattern that covers the chair back with a person’s device. The point of the device was extended to 1/2 below the seat, covering most of the legs from the back view.  There are ties in the upper part, so they can be attached to the chair back to prevent movement/falling off the chair. I made the project out of 100% wool and machine appliqued the device. The machine sewing should handle wear and tear better and the wool should handle everything else.

It is a way to cover up the modern at an event, and serve as a place holder.  Everyone will know who’s chair it is. I am continuing to work on the handkerchief project and will get that to the person as soon as it is finished.I am happy with how the project came out. I hope my recipient is too.

And now I have a solid pattern that I can use for other folks.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Embroidery, Heraldic, Sewing

 

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Swabian #4- finished

The Swabian for Bhakail’s investiture has been completed.

I had help with the beading of the front and back bodice. Thanks Violet Coleson and Ysmay de Linn. I applied the appliques and beads for the sleeve. There is still the fill beading and join appliques left to do. But it was done for the event.

Full dress:
Completed Dress

Sleeve closeup:
Sleeve Closeup

Photography by Jennifer Guyton

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Baronial, Embroidery, German, Heraldic, Regalia

 

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Swabian dress #4: Sleeve in progress

The appliques are down on the sleeve and the beading has begun in earnest. Here are some of the pictures of the sleeve in progress.

Base appliques
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Beading begins
SleeveLizardProgression

Full sleeve with appliques down and some beading
AppliqueProgress

We have squirrels
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And so you have the reference, here is what we are trying to achieve.

 

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Elevation cap- heraldic

I made a hat veil thingy. I swore up and down there was no way in hell this thing was going to stay on anyone’s head. The straw form just slid off my head. However… When you put the whole thing together, gravity keeps it on the head. It was like a light bulb went off over my head and words were uttered. “Holy crow, the English actually knew what they were doing in the late 15th century.”

veil

Linen, with linen applique sewn down via detached buttonhole, with metal thread.
Applique

Hat

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Embroidery, Heraldic, Pelican, Sewing

 

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Swabian dress #4: The “mostly” final design

Well in theory, this is the mostly final design.  There will be tweaks as we go. And the goal again is to hand applique and bead all of the elements. So there may end up being fewer leaves.

Full sleeve

Full Dress:

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in 15th century, Embroidery, Heraldic

 

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Swabian dress #4: design iterations

Normally, I don’t post all of the design process. But I figure that folks can learn from my iterations along with me. I’ve been trying to lean more towards “real” and less “what works”. In this iteration, you can see that the letter shape of the Y changed to something a little more calligraphy, less typography. Both the previous Y and this Y are in the pre- 1600 time period. But this new version begins to look more like a decorative cap, rather than a composition of things. The person who will be wearing this is running for baronial seat. But win or lose, the dress will be made and worn for Baronial Investiture. It is important to see if the design will hold up with all the elements, even if one element is missing. So I am adding a side by side view of what it will look like with a baronial coronet.  This covers both outcomes.

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in 15th century, Embroidery, Heraldic

 

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