Friday, January 30, 2015


Here are a few of my attempts at lucet cord making. First is learning the the technique with using shoelace cord. This allows me to work with a thickness that is easy to handle and learn about tension, methods,and handling the lucet prong.

The second attempt is with thick crochet
cotton. Made 59 inches of cord in a few days. This helped me develop the speed learn to unweave mistakes and learn more about tension on a finer thickness. I am not sure what to do with this length but certain it will go to good use. Most likely lacing for one of my gowns.

Lastly is the attempt in a fine period material, silk. In white and seeing how this texture weaves up. Which proved to be finer than the cotton. This is going to be the final result for the coif, since it is the appropriate material for a draw string on such a garment.

I have another length of silk at home that I am considering using for chord. However I'm not exactly sure the thickness that it will creates once woven. Its on my lucet to do list. Also wanting to learn about other weaving techniques. Many wonderful uses for all this cord in Tudor and Elizabethan clothing.

Weaving away,


Monday, January 19, 2015

Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple

Had a whirlwind excursion to New York City on Saturday. Planned a trip, my sisters and I, to go see the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Besides seeing all of the wonderful items that they have at the museum, we made a stop to the American Girl store for my sister to pick up a doll she wanted to purchase. Made me think about how much fun it would be to get one of the 18 inch dolls and dress it up and Tudor an Elizabethan clothing. The closest one they have is a colonial doll that is retired. We took a stroll along Central Park, which is near the museum. Then proceeded to get dinner at Hard Rock CafĂ© and visit other stores a long Time Square. So I very productive and fun trip. We are planning on other trips in the future, however I think it's going to take us at least four trips to do and see most of the other sites we want to see.

While my feet were recovering from all of the extra walking we did on Saturday, Made some small progress on my coif project. I decided to put the lace on the edges ahead of time and markout a small bit of seam allowances for when I have to cut out the project. And I'm starting to fill in the goldwork along the bottom edge which is taking some time. I have also taken up learning lucet. Is a form of medieval cord making that helps one make drawstrings. I decided that I wanted to make about a 24 inch length worth of cord so I can use that as a drawstring on the back of my coif.

I've noticed that it's a little easier and making the cord when using string that's a little thicker. I started with shoelace because that was easy to work with. However I tried using some thick crochet string and that proved to be much more challenging with keeping all the tension correct. So I need to find a thickness between crochet thread and yarn. In order to make my drawstring easier to weave. While being able to have it small enough to go through the drawstring channel on the back of the coif.

Lastly, I picked up a few books from the Metropolitan Museum of art shop.
received one that was part of a exhibition from earlier that was on clearance in regards to miniatures for five dollars. Purchased one in regards to unicorn tapestries that I've tried to get at SCA auctions and was not able to obtain. And I got a small book of hours referencing medieval manuscripts, and another on calligraphy and illumination design.  Hoping to find inspiration not only to do calligraphy and illumination, but also seeing if this might be a wonderful art form to do in needlework as well.  So there's a lot of good information and much more reading that I will have to do in regards to these books. But that is at my own leisure.

In the meantime trying to focus on finishing up current projects in progress. And trying to find time and do planning for future projects. It's a never-ending process however it is always a good process. I have some documentation that I want to read in regards to some research for ice Dragon. I'm not exactly sure whether not I can have a project or research completely written by then but I am going to certainly try.

Well better get back to work,

Monday, January 12, 2015

Full of Suprises

Well kingdom 12th night turned out to be a very wonderful day. I was able to get all of my youth activity set up, though I had forgotten a few things at home. Was able to keep the youth entertained with coloring for young ones, I fellow shiremates, Lord Jeremy Mccool, set up painting miniatures for the older kids. Later in the day I had revel mask coloring which worked for both age groups. There was a nice wide space for the kids to romp and play, for those who would not be participating in the youth activities. There was also butter making which one over very well from my friend Lady Macca.  It was nice to be able to take turns and be able to go up and enjoy the event a little bit and not be stuck just at the youth table all day. The nice thing is you can just put a little sign up saying temporarily shut down till end of court.  I think with my wonderful help from my shire friends we can make youth activities much more entertaining. Plus help one another with food and bathroom breaks and things like that.

Having done youth activities for such a long time, it was a pleasant surprise that I receive my

Keystone for it.  I have this wonderful elaborately calligraphed scroll, with some beautiful illumination of the little Tudor lady on it. Very impressed, humbled and thankful for this award.  In the meantime I had spent what little time was not working with youth activities, able to get some embroidery done. It was a very relaxed and stress-free environment for everyone at the event. And that's always my goal is to make things very easy for the youth and partners involved. Many babes in arms which is nice to see, more little ones for the future to come play and learn.
I knew lunch was going to be tasty but I didn't know how filling it was going to be. The food was so good, a nice variety, amount of it that there was no way I would've even had room for feast if I had been on board. Having been properly laced in there was just no way that there would've been much more room come feast time. However I have no doubt that the main feast, after court was not only delicious but also very much like lunch, plenty of good food variety and tasty. Funny part is I was so full from lunch I didn't eat anything for the rest of the night. And that was after coming home and doing four hours worth of cleaning.
So I don't know if I would've spent the money for feast, if I would've been able to  truly sit there and enjoy it, having been full for the whole entire day.

So able to make major progress on my blackwork coif this weekend As of yesterday, I have
completely finished using all of the black silk on my embroidery. Now it'll be just the woven goldwork stitching going underneath the blackwork. And I know that is going to be it's own tedious process, the thread I am using does slide past itself very well but it still catches on occasion. I had never been very fond of using the DMC and other artificial gold colored threads. They end up tangling and do not slide through the fabric let alone slide past itself without catching. Normally I would end up with such a mean not to mess that I would become frustrated and find some sort of alternative way of putting shine on my projects. Be at the alternative ways were not a period correct solution, they did the job at the time. Though if for historical accuracy purposes it's important to do it the old-fashioned way despite how frustrating it can be.

I soon will be further along on my piece than the extent piece that I am basing this project on.  There was a wide variety of areas not complete on the period piece. I am going to be completing this coif project using a braided gold stitch going down the top portion of it and hand woven lace on the sides to really show what this was supposed to look like when completely finished. I am certainly hoping that this piece will fit when I am done.  This is one of the wider scroll frames I have,so I've gone to the edges of my frame as much as I can. So here's to hoping that it shall fit when all the goldwork is completed.

 After this particular project I have a few gowns that I plan on making here in the spring because I need something that fits proper.  In the meantime going to modify a couple of my other Tudor gowns  for the next events coming up. Working on idea for project for Ice Dragon at this time, have some material to read over and figure out whether or not it's a project that I can complete within the two months or so till the event. Plus get the documentation already to go and properly done. So we shall

Plans coming along,

Lady Mairin

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Out with the old... In with the New

 Went out with friends and celebrated my coming singledom. 2014 was a year of transition, may 2015 be a year of realization. Have reached my weight loss goals, now to tone and stay on a healthy path emotionally, physical and spiritually in the coming year. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe New Year, be it several days late. 





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