Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lewisburg Arts

Figured I would show the images from the Art Festival |Demo in Lewisburg Pa in the spring. This shows the finished jacket in all its glory two images of me wearing it. Plus my spinning wheel and demo set up. Hoping I can see what else is needed to give some constant improvement. I give full credit of the images to Joseph Morgan, thank you for such great images to share with folks to show their best.

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan 
Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Maureen Benfer

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan



Photo credit to Joseph Morgan

Photo credit to Joseph Morgan
Photo credit to Joseph Morgan





Your Daily Source of Fiber


Since the wheel has been obtained, for those following along its since Pennsic. Safely obtained and eventually set up in my living room and spun yarn on it successfully. Had to condition the wood it was crying out for moisture. Conditioned both wheels while I was at the task. So both are happy campers. I wanted to make sure my stash is all set for spinning for a while. Wonderful Merino I have oodles in white is part of my collection. Certain the fiber will spin beautifully and I have at least 2lbs of roving. Though I have others fibers needing carded and any overly knotted or felted pieces picked out, otherwise its slubby yarn and is not as nice or smooth looking.

So I dug out my washed fleeces. So I have a grey one and a buff one, picking through them. Making sure no felted pieces or vegetable matter are in the final wool. Put them in the same box and carefully carding the fibers in respective colors. Hoping to get rid of inconsistencies I ran into with both hand carded yarns. So will have some improved staple I have carded spun then made into something.  This is a task in the evenings while watching a movie or something silimar. Its a dirty job too but that is no surprise.


Making a bat head fixture for my great wheel. Bought some pine and trying a few ideas out. This equipment is the more medieval technology than the accelerator wheel, which the later is 19th century technology. Also trying to make sure it fits my great wheel, so measure twice cut once. Finally completed two other sets of spindles for my flax wheel. So there has been some word working in my house lately. Will see he all this turns out and when they are all complete fit right and function correctly then the stain will be added.

 Keep on keeping on. I have more to share but this will have to do for now.

So here is your daily source of fiber,

Marrin O'Kealy

Sunday, August 6, 2017

While you were Pennsic-ing...

Well it's a week most of my friends are away at Pennsic. Great news traveling back of battles, parties, purchases, and well deserved awards. Hoping one and all have a safe and happy Pennsic war.

 In the meantime, I am making progress on my 5 silk kirtles. Currently have two bodices assembled and now working on the next. Hoping to be attaching skirts next week for all 5. The fit seems to be good for doing the pattern cutting when tired late at night. I don't recommended cutting patterns late at night or if one is tired.

On the weaving front, no new progress on the loom. Though still looks awesome. I have a lace development I will be sharing later, so stay tuned.

 Though as folks are making awesome once in a lifetime purchases, I am working on my own. The following are pictures of a walking wheel or aka great wheel. This is one in working order located about an hour west from me. I will have the beauty in hand on Friday. Looking forward to seeing if it will fit in my mustang. Though it disassembles and I plan on unloading my trunk completely. I think it will work according the measurements  provided. The wheel is for a wonderful deal cash on hand $125. Which is much less than 200 year old my castle double draft wheel. Super stoked and ready to pick her up.

So here is to responding when opportunity knocks,

Lady Marrin O'Kealy






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