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Is vinegar or salt effective at setting dyes on fabric?
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(Cross posted from my main blog at http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=317.)

Yes, I'm still around. I haven't posted as I've been taking a break since my mad sewing marathon for my laureling outfit, and I've only recently been able to actually transfer my photos from the digital camera, to my husband's computer, to finally my sick computer, which took many hours to transfer. Sadly, sick computer means it takes more work to not only get my photos, but to also work on them for upload and sharing, and in one of my programs I'm working in the dark, as I can only see tiny little icons, not full photos. Hopefully sick computer will be replaced sometime soon. I will be working on the photos and upload them as soon as I can.

So, today I went and hunted down an academic summary article I had read some time ago on the use of vinegar to set dyes. As it took a long time to find the article again, hidden under so many other articles that state the opposite, I figured I'd at least share that academic gem so that I can find it again, hopefully. I had posted it to an SCA group on Facebook.

We were discussing how the old wives tales of using vinegar, or salt, to "set" dyes in fabrics was or was not actually worth doing. Does it help to set dyes on fabric? I'm sure you've heard of it, just add a bit of salt or a bit of vinegar, or both! to your wash load, and it will "set" the dye in your garment fabrics so they won't fade. Read more...Collapse )

Tudor Costuming Start Page
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(Cross posted from my main blog: http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=242)

I have prepared a web page with a variety of resources for folks to start with in making a Henrician/Tudor costume (1500-1550s, roughly). There are various listings, from pdf files, image sites (including Pinterest pages), book listings, various patterns available, and when I can collect them, other web sites with more info.

The page is http://www.kimiko1.com/TudorStart.html

Bobbin lace info & pattern sources
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For some reason I thought I had posted about the new book I'm using for my metal thread bobbin lace, only looking through my posts I guess I didn't. The new book is called "Gold & Silver Edgings : Sixteenth & Seventeenth Century Lace Book", by Gilian Dye. One of the IKINS students brought several copies for us to buy. The store she got them from was http://www.provolace.com/ . Amazon.com hasn't been much help, and there are other stores to buy it from, mostly in the UK like here where you can see the cover photo and a sample piece of lace.

I love the little book. She covers some of the history, gives basics on the threads and bobbins and how to work them, including the needed differences when working metal threads, and she admits that her earlier book on Elizabethan bobbin lace (which was mentioned in a previous post) was from the perspective of a modern bobbin lace maker, not with the mindset of the Elizabethan bobbin lace maker. I see this as a nice step forward. She also gives kudos to the Rosemary Shepherd, the author of "An Early Lace Workbook" for providing her with greater insight into period laces. You can buy that book here from Ms Shepherd directly, which I plan on doing when I can afford to.

By the way, this is the first book in Gilian Dye's series on 16th & 17th century laces. I got a sneak peek at the laces in the next book, and it looks beautiful. Those were various laces in linen threads. No idea what will come after that, but these are books I look forward to buying.

As to the book I used to relearn bobbin lace, that was "Bobbin Lace Manual" by Geraldine Stott. I'm not sure I'd fully recommend it for beginners since its visuals are a bit lacking for a newcomer, at least with regards to twist & cross. It did get me a little confused at the beginning, but otherwise is pretty good to follow in a logical progression from simple to more complicated patterns. If you are a person who learns from words, already know the basics, or just want some nice patterns it is worth having.

I found this online source to be a better primer for very beginners, especially if you need some visual help with twist and cross and other steps. I use it with the books I have to help me out.

And so far, those are the books I'm using, or want to buy. There are more period patterns in the V&A book on 17th century women's clothing, but that's extra. Someday I'll get up to working those, especially as Gillian Dye's book discusses at least one of them in her book, I think.

The Italian Challenge II, maybe??
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ETA: Nevermind. I went into the bedroom to lay down, after I took a quick look at all the little items I had on my to do list, from a proper English bonnet, to the drapes, to other half-finished items in my sewing room, and no, I do not need to do this challenge. I need to focus on finishing those items on my to do list. Like Bella notes in her challenge, it would only be one item a month. So, I will do my own private challenge, and finish one project a month - more if I have the time. I will otherwise keep this post around for future inspirations, or if anyone else wants to use my links as a starting point for their own works.

Ok, I've been in the blahs about costuming lately, not sure what I really want to focus on or work on. I've pondered doing up the Catherine Parr gown that I've long wanted to do. I've pondered doing something steampunk, I've pondered lots of ideas, and now I'm pondering doing Italian, an actual Italian outfit, not a French gown in the Italian fashion as my silk gown was. This would be a first for Italian.

If so, it would be for the Realm of Venus' (RoV) Italian Challenge II that is set to start on the 15th of this month, in little more than a week from now. I'm not allowed to do the Iron Dress challenge as I'm one of the judges, but I want to do something. I'm just not sure I'm up for doing Italians on this short a notice, when I've not really done anything truly Italian before, or much research beyond looking at pretty pictures. And if I did the challenge, it would be 4 complete items. more thoughts including pic links behind here...Collapse )

Blackwork ideas, and things to make up soon.
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So now that the big embroidery project is done, there are things I need to turn my attention to. Some are going to only take a few days, but one thing I really need is a new shirt, well, actually a new high necked smock to replace the one I'm currently wearing to death. Read more...Collapse )

Update to web site
Now that the excitement of Caid's Festival of the Rose is past (as noted in my personal blog - where I get not one, but two honors!), I've improved my documentation a little, added in another page to compare the original to my creation, and have made a web page for folks to download what I've got so far.

I do plan on a photo album of progress shots, but I have to weed though the months of accumulated photos to find the ones that are of interest and get that page set up.

So, here is the page as it is ready enough for now.

Heraldic Embroidery

A simple lace cord project
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While I was sick this week, I had a hard time doing anything requiring my hands to hold anything fine (no embroidery), or standing for long (no fabric cutting) or, well much of anything but sitting which got boring after a short time. While I could have played Angry Birds, and did, it also would hurt after awhile.

So I realized that I needed an easy project, that would be easy on the hands. On a FB group, we got talking about laces (as in cords for points), which reminded me I needed more lace for a couple of projects, and that reminded me that I had the simple supplies I would need already. So I got to work making up a new cord making tool - based on the first one I got some years ago but lost after I had made only one cord. Read more...Collapse )

I've been mentioned!
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I got a mention in Countess Ianthé's embroidery blog!

I also suggest, if you are into blackwork embroidery, to look at her idea for crowd sourcing a pattern design. I'm going to give it a try - tomorrow.

Online store, with thoughts on dyeing, and bobbin lace.
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(Not dying, dyeing, with threads and pretty colors.)

Well, I got the fabrics washed and dried, the cutting table mostly cleared, one pattern found (was looking for another and only found the envelope - not good), and that's where I'm at on the sewing front.

Tonight, instead of working on that, I've been looking through a new to me online/SCA embroidery store, which is not good for my pocketbook. It was suggested by Samrah on Caid-Broder mailing list. I'm not ordering, just browsing, and I thought I would share some thoughts. http://www.lacemakerusa.com/

on dyeing silk threads...Collapse )

on bobbin lace...Collapse )

They've got a number of other interesting items, from paper weights to bookmark display sheaths, needles of all sorts, a wooden pricker, and even costume books, which I've already gotten, or am not interested in. But it is there.

And I think that's enough browsing for the night. Tomorrow, I will at least get the fabrics ironed and the pattern found & copied to the right size.

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