Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Posh Wax Tablets

Making wax tablets for notes for classes. As it is the period note pad before putting it to paper. So including a picture of the current look on it. Really expanding my kit with handmade items that add to my persona.

 So beeswax used in a pine wooden frame. Having holes for the ties to keep the writing surface protected. Smells great as you can take marine. Beeswax and honey are two  of my favorite scents in the world. So it’s nice to work with this besides for thread.
  Using velvet  to cover the wood and protect the outside. Have straps with hardware ties with bells for fun. Will be kept in the ouch to the right. Will be great to have period tools on hand to use for similar purposes.

Making new related items for EC Bees which I  part of on Facebook. A costuming group that focuses peer 17Th century Europe, though not as limited as sca. So the new theme is for those in the group to identify members.

Fun period technology,


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Arabella Preparations

Since I have my work table all set up. It works well and is great set up so far space to work and storage underneath. Moved all the doll making supplies within easy reach, as it’s on the other side of the basement from my sewing machine. The sewing machine has its shelf nearby with related items and also my ironing station is just next to the sewing machine table and it’s supplies.  So three workstations of crafty goodness in the sewing dungeon. It’s becoming a wonderful workshop of treasures of a Tudor kind.

Of course the seamstress fuzzy assistants live in the basement when in working. Though there is what’s plent to keep them busy when fabric is involved. Currently working on finishing up my chatelaine project. Even though it’s been tough without Tabbitha, I work in her fuzzy honor. As all fuzzy seamstress assistants are productive members of the team.

So getting ready to start the needlework for Arabella there will be much good work to do on this and will have to do that before other construction starts. So much preparation before assembly. Inspiration photos. I am hoping to make this doll much more like the image.

Have begun a side project of a coordinating Tudor bonnet to go with the chatelaine as it’s the same floral pattern. Have a small sampling image for your enjoyment. Should be nice to have a coordinating set for blackwork.

crafty goodness,


Monday, September 17, 2018

August 17-Black Cat Appreciation Day

In celebration of National Black Cat Appreciation Day, celebrates on August the 17th this year.

Here are images of the fuzzy seamstress assistants hard at work. Responsibilities include but are not limited to; moral support, inventory control of string and thread, fabric weight on cutting table. As you all know the more important job is fabric inspection and inventory of fabric stash.

Sincerely a black cat mom,


Saturday, September 8, 2018


Showing progress on my black work chatelaine. Only two more black work straps to finish. Plus made accessories when inspiration stuck. A pocket and a crossbody bag I made with the left over fabric to accessorize with the chatelaine. These are more period inspired pieces but figured would go well with my noble lady kit.


Well will have a more toned down version for my working Tudor woman kit. Which I think the metallic bronze one has a much more plain look then the blackwork one. It’s fun to work with accessories and their usefulness.These are not for A&S more for persona development.

Though am in the planning stages for the Arabella Stuart doll. So A&S tediousness on its way. Good things come to those who wait. For now here are some very clear pictures of the painting of the doll.

Many Blessings,


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Videos of Crafty Creating


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Saturday, September 1, 2018


An accident happened at home and has taken away my extra fluffy companion Tabbitha. May you seen Samantha on your way over the rainbow bridge. Be fluffy chase those bugs, Tabby.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Chatelaines: casual and formal

Currently remaking my blackwork chatelaine.  I cleaned  up the pieces added before blackworked, these were done by a friend. Except the cross stitch that’s mine. I made some fabric holders for cast iron scissors, beeswax and awl to be kept. So it’s looking good, adding black cast iron keys to work off the chatelaine theme and add interest. Plus spools for storage, all the practicality in one neat collection.

Decided since I had so many other sewing tools in a bronze tone to make one in similar fashion. So the metal chatelaine in bronze and brass is for dressier affairs. Has spools added functionality and dressy. What could a lady in charge of a house want.

Wearable organization is fun here is work in progress photos.

Monday, August 20, 2018

From Fabric to Blazon Gallery




My Embroidered Blazon

Here is my finished hand embroidered and gold worked heraldic device for the sca. I was able to finish couching the unicorn over the weekend. Luckily the technique fills quickly as had lots of room to cover. After using a stabilizer on the edges, cutout the completed embroidery without fraying

Then slowly tacked it to the purple field on my heraldic device. There are grosgrain loops on the back to acomadate a rod for display. Very pleased on the way this turned out. I knew making this project would take some time, glad I slowly worked out the stiches patiently. It paid off in how awesome the full effect shows. I will include a gallery start to finish on my next post.

Make gorgeous things,
THL  Lady Marrin O’Kealy
Blazon : Purpure, a unicorn rampant contourny argent and on a chief engrailed Or three harps vert.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Textured Heraldic Banner

Currently making an appliquéd, couched, goldworked and embroidered banner for my sca heraldry. While everyone is at Pennsic, it was time to have something fancy for displays. Plus nice to have one in the correct colors. Discovered that the one displayed in my home was in my original colors which was blue instead of purple. Though the prior one was a painted plaque and now it will be a proper fabric banner.

So the back ground done black on the back side, I used cotton fabric.  Used fat quarters so I can limit the cost plus, easier with a cut fabric the size of 18”x 21”. Then purple field will have a white, silver and grey unicorn. Mostly in wool for this unicorn with metallic nuances.

Making lucet woven trim for the edges and also for the appliquéd parts of the project. Used gold metallic cord around the lucet woven in yellow cotton, gives texture. So showing my progress so far harps need appliquéd down to the chief.

So I have stretcher strips that has cotton fabric for the unicorn all set. During a movie tonight, I managed to draw the outline of the unicorn on the fabric to embroider over. Lined it up the the background and it just so fits the purple field.

Started Edge’s in gray wool and will be filling in with while and tan as I go then streaks of silver on hooves horn mane and tail. Should be interesting when done.

I set up my sewing area in the basement. Boo claims my chair to sit on. I have a shelf with at hand supplies. So here is to sewing spaces old a new may they produce masterworks.

Missed my crafting,




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.

Tudor Rose

Tudor Rose

Lady Willoughby

Lady Willoughby

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

O'Cadhla Heraldry

O'Cadhla Heraldry

Queen Mary I of England

Queen Mary I of England