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Guild Hopping: Leatherworkers #484

Guild Hopping: Leatherworkers #484

I try to make it out to a new guild meeting every month. When the Leatherworkers Guild started meeting again, I jumped at the chance to attend.
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I wasn’t the only one, either. There were six or seven new people in attendance, and we all went around the room and discussed what we wanted to make.

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There were lots of beautiful examples of past guild projects, from scabbards to cups, to costless (that corked jug in the background).

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Giovanni and his cotrel.

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Dietrich’s leatherworking toolchest.

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A couple shots of all the pretty drinking vessels.

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And Reneé made from-scratch mojitos. They were soooo good. I can’t say that leatherworking is on my short-list of things I’m frothing at the mouth to do on a regular basis, but the meeting was a ton of fun, and I had a good time working on my project (a scissors-case that i’ll post pictures of later) and hanging out with friends.

Leather Guild

Halfway Done

Halfway Done

Maybe a little more than halfway, actually. There’s the other two quadrants to be finished, and two lines of yellow chain stitch around the outside of the bowen knot, plus the stem stitch outlines.  Halfway done.

Gwenneth Update

Gwenneth Update

Still chugging along. I’m trying to stitch at least a little bit every day, like I have been (or rather not been; I took the weekend off) with the spinning. I think my plan today is to finish that green section. Then on to the black at the bottom. Gwenneth's Device

Myfanwy’s Device: Completed

Myfanwy’s Device: Completed

 

And, a long overdue post about Myfanwy’s device. I finished it some time ago, but apparently forgot to post the final pictures. The first one here is with all the split stitch and couched background finished.
The red is finally done!

 

And here it is with the stem-stitch outline added. I’m particularly pleased with the iris.
Finished!

Gwenneth’s Device

Gwenneth’s Device

Welcome to the new blog! I kept finding that my other, mundane one was getting cluttered and that I needed more space for Elen’s work to be shown, as well as having one central place where I can put my documentation and class handouts. The SCA-related posts I made on the Sycamore Grove blog will remain there, but I’ve migrated them here and cleaned up the categories and tags. It should be much easier and more specific, now.

I’ve made some more progress on Gwenneth’s device. I stitched the bowen knot (that loopy cross thing that’s also on Myfanwy’s device [have I really never posted finished pictures of that?!]) in chain stitch, and the background in long-and-short stitch. I liked the idea of the radial background pattern, and I didn’t want to interrupt it with a couched stitch.

Gwenneth's Device

Here you can see the top quadrant finished. I’m actually a little further along on it now; I’ve finished the knot, and started the left green quadrant. I’m quite pleased with how it’s turning out.

First quadrant down.

And my thread storage system. It actually doesn’t hold much this way, just about two stitching lengths of floss. But it sure is pretty.

Gwenneth's Device

Queen’s Champion, May 2013

Queen’s Champion, May 2013

I’m getting better. I actually brought my camera this time. I’m trying to get better about actually taking pictures. Especially because my Mother’s Day present was a new 16 gig memory card for my camera. I’m heading out to a Scribal Symposium in June, and I wanted to make sure I had enough space for three days worth of pictures. Anyway, yeah, I took some pictures. Of friends:

Champion Trouney

And of Edmund and I (recognize the apron?):

Champion Trouney

And us and Poppet. I love how urchin-like she looks in this picture:

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Some of our friends:

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The babies even played nicely together:

Champion Trouney

Champion Trouney

The big kids didn’t hurt each other too badly:

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There was jousting. The Knight of Flowers (any George RR Martin fans out there?) took the field:

Champion Trouney

Champion Trouney

I think most of the kids had this expression on their faces when I tried taking pictures:

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Feast was delicious:

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Even though my husband is incapable of making a serious face for the camera.

Champion Trouney

Tell you what, though. His doublet looked damn fine.

Champion Trouney

 

Slogging along.

Slogging along.

I’m still working on these. It’s kind of slow going cause I don’t have a dedicated embroidery space to keep my frame set up. It’s a little vexing. I’ve set myself the deadline of this weekend to get this one finished, because everyone is away at Gulf War this week. I want to have this one done so I can start on the next two as soon as Avery and Gwenneth get back and I can get their devices from them. The couching lines look a bit wobbly, and I’m not terribly pleased with that, but I don’t think the cloak it’ll be on will be worn very often, and it will be one of many patches on the cape. So I’m not stressing out too much.

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New Garb for Poppet!

New Garb for Poppet!

The answer to yesterday’s question is “nothing.” There’s nothing cuter than a baby sleeping. Unless it’s two babies sleeping. Together. In garb.

Poppet outgrew her last garb, the green with pink trim between the last event and this one. Originally, before I started taking hallucinogenic drugs, I thought maybe I could make us all new garb by Candlemas. Yeah, that was the first thing to drop off the to-do list. But Poppet really, really needed some new clothes, so I pulled out some fabric I’ve been saving up and went to town.

Bebe's new garb.

The underdress is a simple t-tunic cut all in one piece because I’m lazy and would rather deal with just one seam down the side than have to fiddle with separate sleeves and an under-arm gore on a 2T sized dress. And honestly, Her clothes take up so little fabric any way, that it’s not so much of a waste of fabric. It’s a subtle white and tan and brown stripe, all on the cool side. The fabric is rayon, I think. Maybe polyester. It’s light and breathes well, though, and aside from a pretty subtle sheen, looks like a cotton fabric. The hems and facing are sewn down in a decorative red running stitch.

Bebe IN her new garb.

The outer apron dress is a rough-weave 100% wool that I’ve had in my stash approximately forever. It’s a little (a lot) scratchy for next-to-the-skin wear, but as an outer layer, it’s perfect. Even though it’s a little heavy for Austin (certainly a medium weight), Poppet ran around in it all day with no signs of being too warm. It just goes to show that wool is magical. It’s trimmed at the top with a line of white chain stitch to hide the machine stitching. I don’t usually bother on her clothes (and didn’t along the bottom), but it was really noticeable and jarring at the top.

Candlemas 2013

The straps are some tablet-woven trim I’ve also had forever. I attached it to the back in such a way that when she outgrows the dress, I can reclaim the trim to use on something else. The whole outfit is still just a little big, but I’m hoping that means I’ll get four or five events out of it. As it gets hotter, I’ll leave off the apron dress and just let her run around in the belted tunic instead.

Candlemas 2013