Thursday, September 27, 2012

CeNedra's Homecoming dress

For those that missed the FaceBook album that Ray put up for me, here are some shots of CeNedra's dress as a Homecoming Queen candidate. She drew a picture and said "can you?" and 57 hours later we had this creation. Grin. She is still one of my best creations, but the dress turned out rather well. :)

It has a fitted bodice with decorative lacings along the front, emphasized by the white ribbon. Bodice and main skirt are hunter green brocade with sleeves and two overskirt layers in sheer black.
Under the dress she is wearing a very full petticoat (evil tulle--ugh) and hoops. She had to squish the sides of her dress in to make it through doors. Grin.

Decorative lacings on front of the bodice. I left the eyelets gold for flash. The eyelets along the back (how she gets in and out of the beast) I wrapped in black to mute the gold as well as adding more strength).

My favorite shot yet--with a "Squee!" and a giggle all dignity flew away as she twirled like a maniac. Grin.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Project #17

I made an unlined white linen head coif. All seams were finished by hand in either rolled hem or I flat felled them. The gryphons were placed on each side of the coif and were made in gold linen and appliqued on by whip stitching a black thread along its edges. They stand about six inches tall. The feathers and details were worked in gold and black floss using the back stitch. The attached strings are a 4 card tablet weave made from white mercerized cotton.

It was a "made to order" item for the recently crowned HE Douglas, Artemesia's newest Court Baron.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Project #16
Coronation garb for HRH Saige.

I worked a simple embroidery pattern along the cuffs and neckline of her gomlek. The fabric is very sheer cotton. The stitches used are the French knot, Laisy Daisy and then I couched gold metallic thread. The pattern is based off a documented Turkish design in her persona timeline.

Project #15

Embroidered gryphons with Artemesia's Crown and Wreath to be appliqued onto a linen fighting tunic for HRM Sean.

Gryphons were worked in chain stitch and back stitch on gold linen, then I applied WonderUnder then they were ironed on the black linen tunic, placed along the hemline facing each other.  HRM created the tunic and applied the gryphons to the tunic. I am hoping finished pictures come my way, but here are the gryphons before I handed them off to Sean. They are made from the same pattern we used for Coronation garb, only these are bigger.

I also made for this same tunic the Artemesian pile that is found on Kingdom devices. It is triangular in shape, with the Laurel leaves surrounding a crown. This was also worked on gold linen, using chain stitch and back stitch. It was applied by HRM on the chest of the tunic, so the point of the pile separates the gryphons slightly.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I need to make a correction to the previous post.

Projects #11 and #12 are HRM Nisa's underdress and cotehardie.
Projects #13 and #14 are HRM Sean's tunic and cotehardie.

Must be careful...this is part of my 50/50. Grin.
Projects #11 and #12: Royal blue undertunic/underdress with embroidery on the cuffs and applique on the front panels with an aluminum colored cotehardie with embroidery around neck, sleeves and bottom hems.

The cuffs of the blue under clothes was a double line outline worked in chain stitch with circles worked in stem stitch. I used a thread a shade darker than the color of the cotehardies.

The applique was worked by Lady Perwyr of Arrow's Flight. I wanted to show off her beautiful work and give her credit for a very nice job. Her efforts made this garb go over the top on the Coolness Factor. HRM Nisa had a wolf head sillouetted on a moon on her dress (part of her personal device), while HRM Sean had a pegasus worked on his tunic (part of his household device). Both were worked in the royal blue and aluminum fabric, and stitched with a blanket stitch in white for accent. Unfortunately, my pictures did not save. I will have to beg some from TRM and add them at a later time.

The outer cotehardies were also matching, working the same pattern used on the sleeves--double lines encasing circles. A very simple yet stunning combo. I only worked a single line of chain stitch on the sleeves as a subtle accent of blue. All stitching was worked in a matching royal blue. I forgot to take pictures of the ensemble in its finished glory before handing it off to TRM. I am sure there are pictures of them on FaceBook--they wore this set to closing court of Uprising. Out of all of the sets I worked for TRM, this was my favorite. I really am pleased with the colors and the embroidery pattern.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Project #10--Apron Dress

I decided Ray/Padruig can't have the only Mammen Man ensemble so I created this apron dress to wear when he wears his tunic.  The construction I used was two rectangles (front and back panels), sewn from waist to top edge only, leaving the sides open. It is based on apron dress found in Denmark--the same area the Mammen Man grave was located. I used a double herringbone stitch, blanket stitch and stem stitch for my accents and embroidery.

I did not want it exactly the same, so instead of embroidering the beasts and tree, I appliqued them. I worked a blanket stitch in white as the outline.

I also liked the acanthus vines, so they were added along the bottom. They were also appliqued and I used blue to work the blanket stitch for variety. The vines were stitched on a yellow panel added to the bottom of the dress. I made it this way for accent and color splash. The seam where the yellow and red meet has a line of pale orange stem stitch. The picture didn't pick it up well, but you can almost see the stem stitch along the seam. All colors used on Ray's tunic were then used on my apron dress.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Here are some more pictures of HRM Nisa's outfit for Crown Tourney.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Projects #8 and #9

For my project #8 and #9, I am making cotehardies in a royal purple to be worn with the gray set seen in #6 and #7.

I worked a set of parallel white lines in stem stitch along the bottom hem. Along the outside of these lines, a set of burgandy chain stitched lines were worked. Incased in the "border" I worked in stem stitch gold "S"s separted by a burgandy French knot. It is a very simple design, but it really makes the hemline pop. The colors compliment the embroidery on the gray nicely. Unfortunately, the phone takes crappy pictures--it is really purple fabric!

The outfits will be seen, worn on our Glorious Monarchs at Crown Tourney.

Project #7

HRM gray tunic

His cuffs: Ducal Strawberry leaves in worked in a burgandy stem stitch. I used black thread and worked an outline stitch used in blackwork to accent the stems. I also worked a gold running stitch along the hemline.

His hemline: I worked a similar 5 card weave for HRM hem--he got Frowny Faces. Again. I could NOT resist. :)

Project #6--Completed

HRM Nisa's gray underdress.

Her sleeves: Tudor Roses worked in stem stitch in burgandy and black. I did not like the look of the tablet weave on her cuffs, so I worked a running stitch in gold to brighten it up.

Her hem: A narrow, 5 card tablet weave, worked in gold and white. Smiley faces. Couldn't resist.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project #6

Project #6

An underdress for HRM Nisa.
Very simple embroidery on the cuffs: a 3 inch Tudor Rose worked in red and black stem stitch with french knots for the center "stems".

It will also have a very narrow tablet woven trim worked in white and gold along the hem on the sleeves and along the bottom hemline.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Project #5

Project #5--red linen tunic for HRH Sean.
The embroidery is very simple and only around the neckline. His device contains "blood drops" so I incorporated that and worked them in gold stem stitch. He also wanted his Ducal Strawberry leaves, so they were worked in black using stem stitch for the main outline and a delicate Holbein stitch was used for the details of the leaves.

The black, gold and white inkle weave was made by Lord Griff and Lady Brigitta.
Detailed view of Ducal Leaves

Nisa's yellow dress--#4

Happiness! Project #4:

HRH Nisa's yellow underdress, done in the same style as Sean's: stem stitch on the gryphons and chain stitch on parts of the gryphon and on the vines. I am still finishing up the hem vines, but you can see that it is looking rather nice. They will stop traffic!

Their over clothes are cotehardies: black linen, short sleeved, buttons neck to hem and are embroidered with gold. The embroidery is of a large gryphon facing inward (same as sleeves) on the bottom portion and Nisa's hem is decorated with Tudor Roses and Butterflies. All that embroidery was worked by Baroness Anna in the stem stitch.

Sean's Yellow Tunic

HRH Sean now has a completed yellow undertunic for his Coronation Ceremony.

Friday, January 13, 2012

50/50 Postings--#1, #2 and part of #3

Since I am officially now working on the 50/50, I figured here is a great place to keep a record.

My challenge to myself is 50 pieces of garb, with a minimum of two different types of embroidery worked. Can be big projects or small, as long as it has at least two types of embroidery stitches.

My first project: the Mammen Man tunic, entered in the ACC

My second project: the Mammen Man cloak, entered in the ACC

My third project: HRH Seans' Coronation garb, in progress.

Here are his sleeves on the under tunic:

A rampant gryphon, facing inward, above circular vines.
Worked in stem stitch and chain stitch.
The hem of the tunic will be hidden by more vines.