Saturday, August 14, 2010

Having a Puppet Good Time




Well here it is August and Pennsic is now over, time to get back to the grind of mundane work and Fall SCA events. More the second for me since I didn't attend Pennsic. Not sure what is planned for this fall yet, but I am looking forward to cooler weather and wearing my Tudor velvets a few times to keep toasty.

Spring, Fall and Winter are good weather for wearing Tudor fashions, they are warm lined and layered. Though in the summer these layers are not able to be taken off, especially for modesty sake. Really silks in a lighter variety are the only way to get relief from the heat in the Tudor style. I do have some Italian garb for just this reason, there are times it is just too hot to put on a corset and mutliple layers of a Tudor gown. Its not persona correct, but I would rather be incorrect for my persona and not have heat stroke besides keeping your sanity in a Tudor Gown in weather over 70 degrees can be challenging.

Currently whilst all have been at Pennsic, I have been working on some fantasty cable controlled puppets. You would see these at the local Renaissance Faire's or most Faires around the country for that matter. I ordered one unicorn shoulder puppet online for a good price, it is to be custom made in my heraldic colors. The price was good compared to the going rate I have seen online and via word of mouth.

These are modern puppets that are controlled by a cable going inside the body and attaching to the head allowing it to move up and down and side to side. The movements are very life like and I thought it would be an attraction for the kids in the SCA. I am making other puppets to be used for childrens activites but they are comming out of my personal budget, so I they won't be shire property. I did find another puppet on Craigslist at a better price and am buy this one too. It looks more like a bat or cat like creature but still will be useful for kids activities. I have some collars made from an old metallic belt that I took apart and refashioned for the puppets to wear, if all goes well I should have 4 puppets to work with, a unicorn, a gryphon with wings, a dragon with wings, and a cat/bat with wings. So there is a managerie of fun and excitement, I can't wait to see how the two I am making will turn out.

Though if all goes well, they will be a welcome fascination to the shire, be seen at local gatherings and would be fun to make in heraldic colors and beasts for shire members as a keepsake. It is alot of work but they are one of a kind and specific to the person's heraldic beast and colors. The whole concept was too good to overlook just cause they are fantasy based. They will be mentioned as a modern form of puppetry in the end of my puppet research paper, might bring one as an example and one period made form. I like comparative studies, though it won't be a huge focus in my research, since the item has to be made in the period correct styling, materials, and techniques.

I might be deemed Mairin The Puppet/Marionette Mistress if I am not too careful, which would be fine with me. The toymaker nickname has already been taken by Claus, personally I am not the type to intrude on a nick name. With all that I have been doing within the past few months: the tudor barbie like dolls, the castle doll house, wooden puppets, and now heraldic shoulder puppets. Things are getting theatrical all the way round, though I think most shire folk don't mind.

I will be finishing the doll house in September after the puppet managerie, the puppets should be done by the end of August. I will work on garb sometime in September for Justin to wear to Ren Faire. Then I have a lacy chemise to make and silk fabric to make into veils which will be beaded and embroidered. From the same silk fabric will be made into partlets and lighter accessories to garb. I tend to make my garb for the next season in the opposite time of year, its worked well so far. Never hurts to be prepared. I do have to reorganize my closet and get things taken out to the shed, its been needing freshening up for a while.

Well lots to do on the list but it never stops, there is always research, cleaning, mending and crafting to be had, that is the life of a SCA.

Take Care,

Maureen

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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.

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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

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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