Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arachne's gift


Been working on my weaving more lately. Am officially at the halfway mark. I used 4 standard size old bath towels to separate my warp from tangles. Removed two as completed the new woven wool fabric. So officially have about 6 feet done about the same length to complete. Its still beautiful as it composes a makeshift pattern, happy little accidents. This will be pieced into a fitted jacket for middle class Elizabethan. Excited to reach a new level of making the fabric to eventually make the garment. Its very satisfying. I plan on felting this a little in cool water to reduce some fraying of the weave. This is a tabby weave so its easy to follow.

Contemplating the next weaving project, have an idea waiting in the wings An opposite color combo of the warp so, its white with brown stripe. Possess the brown and white to use for the weft string. Mentally tying to figure out what the combos will look with different natural wool weft colors. I do not want to make stripes so I will have to make a desicion and stick to it.  Though the wool is pretty in the skein. So will have to see if I want a lighter colored garment or more medium colored. Best part is I can spin up more white if I need it. Have so much from years of spinning will be interesting to see what is possible.



In the meantime been working on my class handout for my "Hello Poppet" class at √¶cademy. So have some pictures to download and figuring out what I want to discuss in class. Lots to discuss and only an hour. Depending on the turnout may make a sequel class.  We shall see, excited to show progress and want to have one doll undressed for the class.

Plotting continues,

Marrin


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Odd and ends


 So I have been working on miscellaneous projects as the next doll project has been progressing. Able to put a beeswaxes sissle rope in my pink silk petticoat. So now acts as a hoop skirt, keeping me untangled from my other under layers. Yet flexible to not dig into my ankles when sitting prolonged periods. Made a set of pockets from scrap materials from my red embroidered jacket. So hope to wear them soon.

Which was useful wearing the pink hoop petticoat, with my green silk Italian gown to the Queen
a&s tourney this last weekend. So was nice to be comfy though the weather was cool and I forgot my cloak. Able to display my lady pandora doll and the new heads and hands that I am making for the next few dolls. Super excited as folks asked lots of wonderful questions. On where I was taking the project and goals for the folio of future dolls I want to make. Many folks perused the research, so nice since its overlooked at times.
Since completing the replica of the only extant doll in the period.  I want to explore period techniques on the making of the next dolls, so expressed in wood cuts and out of materials such as porcelain, clay, metal and wood. Since I have many paintings showing dolls in period, I have sources to experiment with the techniques and make it look like the paintings. Its great when a plan comes together.

I want to find out more on porcelain, clay used at the time. More on period wood used for easy hand carving. Metal enamel paints and casting if the pieces in soap stone for more options for metal heads and hands. So much to do and plan. The heads are all painted now and ready for Hyde glue sealing from the gouche paint.

So coming right along, taking pictures as I go. Helps the documentation have a nice visual robustness when you can visually show your processes start to finish.

So back to more miniature madness, amongst other things.

Marrin

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fitted Kirtle

Besides working on dolls. Which will be a very slow progress as I research and teach myself new skills and techniques. I revamped this kirtle, making it fit better and removing commercial trim. One learns from mistakes then corrects them. This was a valuable lesson.


I had to remove side back hooks close the seams. Cut the bodice center front. Then finish seams and add hook and eyes. As I went along working on these alterations, I had to take the skirt off replete and reattach.

I hope to take photos of what it tooks like while in wearing it soon. It sits so much better on the hanger than it did before too. A reasonable early Elizabethan middle class dress.

Also been working on another project. An Italian hairnet, replaced pearls and used all freshwater pearls with silk thread. Should be more elegant and sturdy.

Hope to see everyone Saturday April 29 at Hufnagel park for Lewisburg Arts Festival demo

Mairin

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Decade of Dolls

Sorry its been a few months since my last post but in no way lacking in work. Here are images of my next expended project. Referring to it as the decade of dolls , as it may take me that time to make them in their own respective glory.

 

  
Decided that with all the doll research recently completed. That there are some interesting depictions from different countries. Most use the same basis of construction as the Pandora extant doll from Stockholm, Sweden.

So working on drawings to understand the shapes color and construction methods for each.

To begin all this work. I am sculpting faces and hands from papier mache. Gathering spangles, taking stock of what I have and purchasing needed material for clothes specific to each costume doll.
   

So much miniature inspiration and progress. Will be posting more on the specific one I am starting soon

Marrin

Friday, December 23, 2016

Winter Sit and Spin a Spell


Even though its cold and traditional seasonal bad weather has made travel interesting. I have been working overtime  to cushion the holiday gift giving. Arrive to work early anyway easier to get paid for it. The car is great in the snow, since its manual transmission it has more guts than and automatic transmission. More control of my speed, downshifting is great the engine slows it a bit better so no skidding really. As long as one goes slow and doesn't have to drive through a foot of snow it will be fine. Will feel better when my vacation time comes back in the new year, if it decides to blizzard. Making sure to keep my immunity up, eating well and taking my vitamins. Do not want to be calling off work due to illness either. Though working in an office around people terrifies me with the whole germ factory that seems to happen each year.

 Finding most of my evenings to myself, nothing better than keeping ones hands busy. So I made two distaffs based on some medieval illumination images so I can walk around and spin. Might be easier than to command the spinning wheel around, though it catches the attention of the public.  So I just finished my gray wool using this method. Noticing it does more feeding the wool roving instead of making clumps in my hand or winding roving over my arm. More able to make longer consistent lengths without as much blending from chunk to chuck of wool roving. So I can tell my spinning wheel has helped my hand spinning techniques as far as wool handling which made it much less labor intensive.

On the needlepoint front, have three colors completed on the large canvas and its working pretty well. Looking for more of this style there are 4 kits created on the unicorn cluny tapestries by Dimensions. These were made  in the late 70's and early 80's and are discontinued and the unworked kits are a little expensive. Though when I can see if they are taking a best offer instead of a high price, so worth trying to barter.  Doing the same on some handmade Brenda Price dolls that are historical pieces, have one and bartered for prices on two. They are wonderfully nice and come with tags and they year made, around the 1980's as well. Considering buying a proper curio cabinet to store them safely.

Exchanged early with some friends who I will not see over the holiday weekend. So there are some opened gifts under the tree and thank you's have been given. Went through old Christmas cards from years past and got rid of many cluttering up my closet with my other holiday decorations. So avoiding the mall that is close by since the rush is on for the holiday. Need to pick up cat food, littler and lunch stuffs but thinking that may be reserved for late night trips to avoid the crowds. Nice to have time off, quiet day at home with kitties and crafting.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Maureen

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Warp Speed: Loom


Well I finished the project on my loom, took most of a weekend to complete. In case you ever wondered, what you can make with a 6 small skein mill ends bag from a craft store. This is 5.5 yards of handwoven tabby weave 10 in wide, striped teal and white fabric. That is woven on a rigid heddle loom. It has mistakes. Though I was expecting some since this was my first attempt at such a long length.

I like the colors since there is a little of each in the two colors that were in the Mill ends bag. Which makes sense that they were put together they coordinate so well. I found some other Mill ends I am looking for future projects as good practice with this loom. One is a periwinkle blue with coral combination, they are solids but look nice together. The other is green purple and black combo that is going to be lots of fun for  something Halloween like.  Though since I am making pieces so narrow, I am looking at wider dents to use for the loom, it can accommodate a 22" dent.  Though I think it will be challenging to make something fun out of the material made because its fabric that can be sewn or patterned in many ways.

This still has to be washed to give it a more felted together look. its pretty standard to do this for the fibers to knit together a bit. Wool is especially good at this sort of felting locking process, this is not so will see how it does in a bath. Will have to take sometime to get to the laundry mat to have this done and monitor it on the gentle cycle. I do not have a wash-line to hang it out to drip dry on any longer.


Speaking of wool, I have measured out my warp for my next project. This a bi-colored wool white and brown used for the warp and in 660 yards. I am using wool from my stash as the weft. I have it already drafted on spools and on my collection of canoe like hardwood shuttles. Hoping to find more in the future.

Hoping this fabric I can make into a fitted waistcoat and pieced together. So it would be a garment made of fabric: I washed the wool, spun, and wove into existence. Thinking since the Tabby weave dates back quite far, its the safest option to use to make a nice consistent product. I don't think I expressed how much I love my loom. Much more fulfilling now, that I am using yarn I have washed and spun into creation. My soul is happy most when working on a creation process, looking forward to the end product.

Weaving away,

Lady Mairin

Thursday, October 20, 2016

16th Century Swedish Fashion Doll


 Well here she is at last! After a year of planning, months of materials gathering and careful budgeting. I present Pandora a replica of 16th Century Swedish Fashion Doll. Original extant doll resides in the Royal Armory in Stockholm, Sweden.

Debuted her at the Aethelmearc Kingdom Arts and Sciences Championship.Which was great as I was able to gain some resource on the lace on the doll being a later version of Viking wire weaving called Pasoment. There are some definite comparisons when looking at patterns in the lace then look at the versions of Pasoment left behind by the Vikings.

Since she is Swedish this is a possible regional style of lace in this area. Though there would be a challenge even buying this lace outside the country, let alone finding it online. I will have to learn to make my own version eventually to replace the current space holding gold wire. The wire treatment on the skirt is for now to save a place for the lace when I do learn the skill. Its on the to do list.

The sleeves are by far the nicest part, as they were also the part that took the longest to complete. Though her wig was a challenge to get right with the hyde glue stinking up the house. Though every aspect of this doll was planned and thought out meticulously. I do have some guiding stitches that will need to be replaced and some finishing touches I plan on doing before spring.


I also am looking at doing some more work rounding out my research with
more documentable portraits of Swedish fashion in the 16th century. As looking at the original doll and what was fashionable at the time, there are many missing accessories. Could this be lost to antiquity from use or from a mean sibling we will never know. This was also thought out carefully as I wanted to come up with ideas but not change the orginal doll. So the added accessories are removable and do not change the integrity of the doll. Showing two versions of photos ones with the accessories and ones without as she would exist now. Did include these in the documentation for the competition.

I was presented with a challenge to scale up the clothes and accessories since she is a fashion doll, now do the period thing make the clothes. Have the fashion, now make the fashion. This would be a true challenge but I do have electronic list of all the materials I purchased, So this is another way of working out the project using all the same materials. Would the gown and all the petticoats really work?  In theory yes!

I am working on a side project as working on the doll details, now making a needlepoint piece for home decor. Its a needlepoint of one of the Unicorn panels, a kit made by Dimensions. Not neurotic enough to count and think of documentation at the same time. As this gives me something to concentrate as I am thinking about how to proceed with category specific documentation, rounding out the current documentation to really give it extra facts figures and comparison art and work out details that can be fixed before April.

All in one project is possible and I think this is my best shot as such a rare unicorn kind of piece, just a rarity. Side note I did receive new Sca business cards for contact info. Always good to advertise the society. Not publishing my documentation till its complete yet I do no really do this online anyway.

Keeping out of Trouble,

Mairin

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Please be Patience Awesomeness in Progress..

Hi,

     Sorry to have been on a silent stint this year, my blog posts are less than half they were this time last year. I have many life changes in 2016 that have made me reevaluate much in my home and lifestyle. So reorganizing and reprioritizing. Though I do promise there are some really awesome things in progress.  I am working firmly to get them completed to a high discerning quality and the completed documentation to go with the project.
   
      Plus giving all the full credit to my inspirations, advice, and help. Awesomeness doesn't happen on its own, lots of encouragement and support is behind the scenes. So keep checking in as there is going to be something really cool coming up.


Best Regards,


Lady Mairin

Peacock

Peacock

Tudor Stained Glass

Tudor Stained Glass

Tudor Q and A

What is a Tudorosity?

A mashed combination of the words Tudor and Curiosity to create the word Tudorosity. Tudorosities is the plural form and the deffinition is as follows.

Tudorosity- an desire to learn or know anything about the Tudor dynasty assocated with years 1405 through 1603.

Most people ask my why I make the Tudor garb ?

I find the clothing of this era not only beautiful but also challenging to sew. There is much more care and purpose put into making garments and wearing garments in the Tudor Era. I love the look of Tudor so much I wanted to explore the way clothes were made back then and the subtle changes in fashion and styles of time.

How did you get started in this interesting hobby?

I started with art first, I love to draw, paint, and sculpt all the traditional fine arts. So being able to draw helps me visualize the looks I want to create in my garb. History has always been a huge interest of mine and I've had a knack for sewing since I was 6 years old. It all started with doll clothes and I learned cross stitch embroidery from my grandmother when I was little. I am self taught sewer, crochet, knitting, embroidery and tatting. My methods are learned from books mainly and there is still so much more to learn.

What is my favorite outfit and why?

It would be like picking a favorite out of one of my future children, its impossible. I love all my gown creations and really like the distinct differences in all the styles clothing I make for the Tudor Era.

Do you make the whole outfit including hat, shoes, and undergarments?

I do have a goal of making a complete Tudor from the skin out. As of right now I make 80% of my gowns and accessories. The shoes, corset, stockings, and petticoats are bought online and the petticoats are a close reproduction but not made by me. Though someday I plan on making a reed corset and petticoat to wear under my gowns, as well as other accessories.

How long does it take to make a gown?

It all depends on the type of gown I plan on making and the time period and class of the design. Generally if I work on it 8 hours a day on a sewing machine it will take 3 days to get the basics and another 5 days to do finish hand-sewing details and beading. So a week to a week and a half if working on it steady for that amount of time. I work a full-time job so it does take longer than a week to complete. I put over 40-100 hours per outfit depending on its complexity, its like its own full time job of sorts.

Do you make renaissance clothing for sale or custom orders?

No, due to new employment and changes in my lifestyle. Unfortunately, I have no time to support sewing for others. Though I recommend sewing lessons for those adventurous few. There are many fine folks who make and sell historical clothing. I suggest guidance with sew from many fine historical enthusiastic costumers out on the internet.

How long have you been making these elaborate costumes?

I have been in the Society of Creative Anachronism coming up on my 10th year. Active since 2004 working at demonstrations and volunteering when I could between working and other life's distractions. I really concentrated on Tudor sewing in 2007 and worked with patterns to learn proper fabrics, techniques, fit, and silhouette. I really enjoy the eras transition from a medieval form fitting layered cotterdie to the boned Tudor kirtle and then to structured Elizabethan clothing.

Six Wives of Henry VIII

Six Wives of Henry VIII

King Henry VIII's Wives in Sequential Order

King Henry VIII of England 1491-1547


Queen Catherine of Aragon 1485-1536Divorced,


Queen Anne Boleyn 1501-1536 Beheaded,


Queen Jane Seymour 1508-1537 Died.


Queen Anne of Cleves 1515-1557 Divorced,


Queen Catherine Howard 1525-1542 Beheaded,


Queen Catherine Parr 1512-1548 Survived.

Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Queen Elizabeth I Coronation Portait

Queen Elizabeth I Coronation Portait

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Queen Elizabeth's Prayer at Bristol August 15,1574

Stretch forth,
O Lord most mightie,
Thy right hand over me,
and defend me from mine enemys,
that they never prevayle against me.

Give me, O Lord,
the assistance of Thy Spiritt,
and comfort of Thy grace,
truly to know Thee, intirely to love Thee,
and assuredly to trust in Thee.

And that as I do acknowledge
to have received the government
of this Church and Kingdom at Thy hand,
and to hold the same of Thee,
so grant me grace, O Lord,
that in the end I may render up
and present the same again
unto Thee, a peaceable, quiett,
and well-ordered State and Kingdome,
as also a perfect reformed church,
to the furtherance of Thy glory.

And to my subjects, O Lord God, grant,
I beseech Thee, faithful and obedient hearts,
willingly to submit themselves to the obedience
of Thy word and commandments,
that we altogether being thankfull unto Thee
for Thy benefitts received, may laud and magnifie
Thy Holy Name world without end.

Grant this, O merciful Father, for Jesus Christ's sake,
our only Mediator and Advocate.

Amen

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Side of Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor Gown

Side of Purple Velvet Ermine Fur Tudor  Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Red Velvet Elizabethan

Red  Velvet Elizabethan

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Lady Willoughby

Lady Willoughby

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Elizabethan Pregnancy Gown

Elizabethan Pregnancy Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Black and Coral Elizabethan Gown

Black and Coral Elizabethan Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Peach Elizabethan Noble

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

Mauve Waistcoat Elizabethan Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Jane Seymour Gown

Jane Seymour Gown

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Catherine Parr Gown

Catherine Parr Gown

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla

Lady Mairin O'Cadhla
A Proper Gabled Hood

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Princess Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

Princess Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon
Duke and Dutchess of Suffolk

Mairin O'Cadhla Heraldry

Mairin O'Cadhla Heraldry

Embroidered Waistcoat over Elizabethan Gown

Embroidered Waistcoat over  Elizabethan Gown

Queen Mary I of England

Queen Mary I of England

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose