Sunday, February 27, 2011

Return from the Past

Finally in the planning stages of projects for Ice Dragon and a blast from the past has come to light this last week. The doll castle creation that I started last spring into summer is back. It's been in a partially uncompleted stages for most of the summer and I just have not had the time to complete much on it. I was planning on embroidering all summer for the inside hangings but just ran out of time and other projects got in the way. Which is fine I have lots of great trim and ribbon to give the wall hangings the proper scale and grand scope needed for a castle.

Yesterday I finished the work on the chairs and throne, painted, and upholstered them. They look very grandeur with the surrounding rooms as they are taking shape. Also put in one of the stained glass windows, have two more to do, that is planned for this week.

I put in tudor patterned wall paper around the fireplaces, which give it the "diapered" look. Diapering is a motif that repeats in a pattern on a wall, this was the time before wall paper and it was a way of decorating a plain plaster wall, other methods use embossing patterns in plaster as well. Since I have narrow space to work this is why I elected the diapering wall paper, there is no room for my hands to paint a motif in the individual rooms so I had to choose another method.

So there are two fire places on the second foor, in tudor homes fireplaces were almost in every room to keep the dampness of the outdoors from comming in. I do want to put two more in the basement but am not sure how to construct them. The bedroom and throne rooms are in the middle and there are no other ways to put one in them without making them crowded, so I am having to be a bit creative to get the look with out going overboard on room contents. Just trying to figure out how to set up the kitchen, library, sitting room, and bedroom. Going to try a few different layouts to see what works best.

Today I worked on banners to finish wall decor and worked on making the bed linens, bed curtains, pillows and such. Should be really nice when finished and hope to enter it in Ice Dragon. At the pace I am going lately it won't be a problem.

Hope to post pictures soon.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy St. Valentine's Day

Most people forget that Valentine's Day with its many material setiments is actually a feast day for many early church saints named Valentine. Though little is known about the men who contributed to the feast day that has turned into a day of dedication of love. Hope it finds anyone reading this well and happy on the holiday.

The romantic tale goes that Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. (wikipedia on St Valentine) There are various forms of the tale for the modern romantic to enjoy.

On a Valentine like note the cross stitch embroidered hearts are done, so happy to get all 19 completed. Now I can start work in my Elizabethan persuits that have been put on hold. I am waiting for my silk embroidry floss from India handspun 100% silk, should be lovely to work with for this project. While waiting for that to come in the mail, I am going to prepare the silk shirt fabric and place the motif from the reference painting. After placing the motif I will mark seam allowances and pattern the whole shirt out, embroider, assemble parts and place trim. After that is completed I will start working the dress its self, which will go much faster. If I can't get the shirt done by the end of March I am going to take my work in progress and explain my process and goal. Not sure but I will see how much I can accomplish. It all depends on how things workout over the next month.

Wish me luck,

Maureen


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day isn't just for Rodents

Hi all,

Its Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow so an early spring is predicted. I am happy and hope Phil is right, could save money on heating oil would be a blessing. Just after a major snow storm today, I love Mother Nature's irony with her timing.

Though I am not ready to hang up my winter sewing needle just yet. This the time of year I am in full garb making mode and the most productive part of the year by far. The plans for peach perfection are in full swing. I have been shopping silk embroidery thread to get just the right shade for the floral embroidery on the silk shirt. I know its going to turn out smashing with what I have planned. Just like the painting with a twist, I am thinking of having a small fresh water pearl in the middle of the open Tudor rose with gold metallic french knots around the outside, should look exquisite. I am going to try to have a sample done this weekend if time allows, the pattern is all drawn up and planned, just have to make my lead example.

Still have some velvet hunting to do for the other Tudor gowns in purple and in black but looking for a sale price on fabric, which there is some but nothing fantastic. Just keeping my ears to the ground for a good price.

Still working on the solider cross stitch project and getting some done every day, so progress is good. More than the motivation I had in January for this project for sure. I am almost done with the all the heart outlines and will finish most of the words hopefully over the weekend.

Work is well and lots to do, overtime is great and the money will help out with lots around the house. It will be challenging more than usual to get the taxes to complete, cleaning to do, and games to play, and sewing to finish but I am sure there will be away to squeeze it in somehow. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention, for sure.

I am looking at more freshwater pearls for up coming projects but nothing concrete like the necklaces. Just biding my time because I might come into pearls here soon. Picked up some very Tudor buttons that will go great on foresleeves and backs of angel Tudor sleeves so a good investment. I also got rings for an upcoming Elizabethan crewel embroidered sweete bag, following the pattern in the book calls for these as a baubles, looks great in the book. Still have to embroider my ladies pockets too, very far behind on that as well as other projects.

Lots to keep up with and plan, well got to get some rest to tackle more things tomorrow.

Blessings,

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