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Creative But Slowly
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(Cross posted from A Gentlewoman's Blog: http://kimiko1.com/blog/2014/07/creative-but-slowly/)

It has been a month since I posted last, but I have been slowly working on a few creative projects.


One project is a woodworking project. No, I’m not making it from wood, they are already made and purchased, from various sources. I am working on ideas on how to decorate the wooden items. One is a wooden narrow small box that I use for my sewing tools. Another is a set of 2 wooden poles that I need to finish so I can use them for my silk banner. And the final is a lovely, well crafted portable break-down chair I bought from Wildhare Woodworks last GWW, and finally got a couple of weeks ago. I started sanding the wooden items, and filling in minor holes with wood putty, but then we hit 100+ temps and so since I have to do that outside it has been put on hold until the temps come down a little. I still haven’t figured out which design I posted on FB best, so I’m just letting those ideas stew a bit longer.


I did start painting my device on a canvas banner. Not much to show there really, just a big blob of yellow on the white canvas. I will share more later. 


Last Sunday I worked on an illuminated letter that I’ve worked on and off since last year sometime. I added in the red squares this time, and started in on all the tiny little dots. I hope to get it turned in to the Kingdom soonish. I just hadn’t realized when I chose to do background diapering that all those tiny squares, and then all the white work dots, would take so long to do. I just thought it would be cool to add to make the illumination more period looking.


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(Cross posted from A Gentlewoman's Blog: http://kimiko1.com/blog/2014/07/creative-but-slowly/)

<p>It has been a month since I posted last, but I have been slowly working on a few creative projects.</p>
<p>One project is a woodworking project. No, I&#8217;m not making it from wood, they are already made and purchased, from various sources. I am working on ideas on how to decorate the wooden items. One is a wooden narrow small box that I use for my sewing tools. Another is a set of 2 wooden poles that I need to finish so I can use them for my silk banner. And the final is a lovely, well crafted portable break-down chair I bought from Wildhare Woodworks last GWW, and finally got a couple of weeks ago. I started sanding the wooden items, and filling in minor holes with wood putty, but then we hit 100+ temps and so since I have to do that outside it has been put on hold until the temps come down a little. I still haven&#8217;t figured out which design I posted on FB best, so I&#8217;m just letting those ideas stew a bit longer.</p>
<p>I did start painting my device on a canvas banner. Not much to show there really, just a big blob of yellow on the white canvas. I will share more later.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Last Sunday I worked on an illuminated letter that I&#8217;ve worked on and off since last year sometime. I added in the red squares this time, and started in on all the tiny little dots. I hope to get it turned in to the Kingdom soonish. I just hadn&#8217;t realized when I chose to do background diapering that all those tiny squares, and then all the white work dots, would take so long to do. I just thought it would be cool to add to make the illumination more period looking.</p>
<p id="" align="alignnone" width="800"]<img title="illuminated L in Progress" src="http://kimiko1.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/illuminated_L_in_Progress.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" data-json="" /> illuminated L in Progress[/caption]</p>
<p>Sorry I didn&#8217;t add in something for scale. It is about 3.5 inches square, more or less. And don&#8217;t those dots really change the character of the background colors?<br />
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I have also been working nearly every day for the past couple of weeks on my current blackwork project, which I hadn&#8217;t touched in several months. I am trying to do at least 15 minutes, but often do an hour or so of stitching time which is getting me closer to done faster.&nbsp;</p>
<p>[caption id=&#8221;" align=&#8221;alignnone&#8221; width=&#8221;800&#8243;> <a href="http://kimiko1.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Blackwork_Shirt_Progress.jpg"><img title="Blackwork Shirt Progress" src="http://kimiko1.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Blackwork_Shirt_Progress.jpg" alt="" width="800" height="800" /></a> <snap class="wpimgcaption">Blackwork Shirt Progress</snap> </p>
<p>The above image (both done up courtesy of a new iPad app I am trying called InstaCollage) shows both the full overview on top, and a detailed image below where I last left off. You can see the scale for the detailed shot, which is not the same as the full overview.</p>
<p>This as I may have mentioned before is using cotton pearl thread so it can be machine washable. The narrow outlined path will be filled in with gold thread in a plaited braid design once all the blackwork is done. The design is called Murano, and was purchased from Practical Blackwork. When finished, the pieces will be cut and applied on top of the high necked shirt I plan to make to go with it.</p>
<p>I had finished off the portion that will go down the front slit, which is why it is a deep U shape that you can only see a part of. The newer part is the collar, which will go to nearly the other edge of the fabric for a full 17.5&#8243; for my neck (I want a tad extra just in case), and need about another 7&#8243; more to go. Then I do 2 pieces for the cuffs, although the pattern will shift to a narrower version. I am planning this for early Elizabethan, and for everyday wear, so the cuffs will be wider than in period just to accommodate the embroidery. I am hoping to finish this in the next few months, so slow and steady will get me there.</p>
<p>So, that&#8217;s the current state of my creative side. I have other ideas I need to work on soon for various reasons, which should keep me very busy this month. So hopefully more stuff to share with you all soon.</p>
<p>So, what have you been doing creatively lately?
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Blackwork, Embroidery, Other Arts, Scribal, Uncategorized, accessories, embroidery, modern_clothes, photos, scribal
(Cross posted from A Gentlewoman's Blog: http://kimiko1.com/blog/2014/07/creative-but-slowly/. Comments can be posted here or there.)

Collegium & class handout.
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This past weekend I went to, and taught a class at, the kingdom of Caid's Collegium Caidis. It was a lot of learning fun, with classes from painting illuminated jewels, to making a feather quill and oak gall ink, and learning secretarial hand from Master Thomas so I can hopefully decipher tailor's warrants now (I need a lot more practice in reading, let alone writing the hand).

Like I mentioned, I also taught a class, called Overcoming the Sleevil. I was told it was one of the best class names for the weekend. Those who sew, who have experienced the issues with sleevils knew exactly what the class was about. I did have folks ask about the name and for the most part they were not costumers, with one new costumer who hadn't had to deal with fitted sleeves yet.

The class went well, and I had around a dozen students, I think. I was informed from some that the class really helped them to understand sleeves better, and I can only hope the others learned something new as well. However, since my experience is late period, and many in the class wore vikings or roman styles, I'm not sure how well it will translate across the time spectrum, but it was a start I hope.

I've now recovered from the weekend, got my notes into a pdf format, and uploaded it to my web site. You can find it at the top of my Workshops & Articles page. Please let me know if there are any problems with the handout, so I can improve it for when I teach it next.

A scroll and a ruff start
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So I am finally getting back into making things again.

First up was several hours of time (over two days) spent painting on a Harp Argent scroll for a friend.
First progress image

I've only painted in half the page, as the other half was covered while I worked. I'll be covering up the painted & calligraphed side and working on the other half when I can, which I realized I have a month left to do other projects first, so it will be awhile. (The calligraphy was done a bit ago).

The other thing I started on is a set of wrist ruffs for my merchant's outfit. Tonight I cleared the cutting table, washed and pressed the cotton lace, and cut 3 full lengths of linen at 2" a piece. I'll be cutting one of those lengths in half to make each wrist ruff 1.5 lengths long. Since the lace is still damp after pressing, I'll let it dry overnight and get started with the sewing tomorrow.

I need it done by next Monday for our Baronial A&S activity, and definitely need it done for Pentathlon next month. Other items I need done is some redoing of my merchant outfit, and finishing up my English gable hood. A lot more hand sewing is in my future. Progress pics when I can (and have something interesting to share).


Not much happening...
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... but I figured I would post a short bit.

Basically, I am finishing up my projects for Pentathlon, which will be happening mid-March. Not sure who on my friends list might be judging, so if you might be judging, please don't read what is under this cut... Read more...Collapse )

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