While most of my SCAdian friends are off at Pennsic having a lovely time; braving the elements, shopping, and all out medival warfare. I have been working on my small crafts as usual; mainly trying to get my other glove completed. Using the completed right hand glove as my guide, the heraldic crest is done and I am working on the ribbon going around the outside of the crest. Its going to be a while;-) I have three gowns in the works as I mentioned; Peach Elizabethan, Ermine Black Velvet Tudor, Ermine Purple Velvet Tudor. Blue Floral is done thank goodness, its slow progress on my garb until the custom is done. Which is almost there hope to finish it this week:-D
I have two new books also on the embroidery topic. I tried to buy The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots book on Ebay but the seller was out of this book. I consqently went to Amazon and bought it and another title, new to me copies of course;-) The other titled, Emblems For A Queen. They both focus on Marys embroidery work and what was happing in her life while she was making these amazing tapestry pieces. On Ebay, I bought a Compendium of Knowledge for 1550-1600 instead and was able to use my Ebay bucks to help save on the cost. So I have my "period"book buying done for a while. With Borders closing soon I have my eye on some more tudor books but more for leisure reading; mosly Historical Biographies or Historical Fictions. I am waiting till deeper discounts are taken, I am in no rush to get the titles I am looking at currently. If I can get them for a good price great, if they are sold no big deal I know where I can find them.
For a future embroidery project I want to crewel embroider some of Mary Queen of Scots patterns, maybe do a three dimnsional effect with them. Her designs are interesting and symblolic, its amazing that there are so many suriving examples of her work; such a good embroideress. I am also on my last 100 pages of the Mary Queen of Scots biography by Margaret George. Its great and I saw she has one on Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. No not two more over 800 page books, there are not enough hours in the day for reading ;-)
Speaking of books I got mentioned in a book for helping out. To Die For by Sandra Byrd, I am mentioned in the last sentence of the Historical Biblography as "Tudor Seamstress Extordinare" Its nice to help out others when I can, with the knowledge I have gained while making Tudor clothing. My remarks help her enrich the enviroment, proper dress description, and accessories of the time period. Well that is the book review and crafty updates for now stay tuned for more sewing insanity.