The most common thing I hear when talking to people about my counted thread embroidery obsession is "I can't do that, there's too much counting and looking at charts". And they do have a point-- if you are a person who hates looking up from your work, finding your place in a chart, and looking down again, counted thread might drive you a bit mad. But, there are a number of tricks you can use to make the whole process easier.
Once again I am back to confirm that yes, I am alive, and yes, I am still making progress on various projects. Slowly. I also wanted to announce that I am participating in the West Kingdom's Virtual Artisan Display for March Crown, so if you want overviews of some of my recent projects with everything, [...]
Hello yes I am mostly still alive (despite the best efforts of my treatment object for this semester, which we think has arsenic salts on it) and, actually, still making progress on my projects. It's just that I am once again working on things that are all super slow and therefore I have very little [...]
I know, I know, I have been failing at blogging. But to be fair I changed countries, self-isolated for COVID, yelled at the medical centre until they refilled one of my essential medications, and had technical difficulties with literally every electronic thing I own. Oh and started the second year of my MPhil. Nbd. For [...]
A while back there was a trend on social media with people saying "I've been re-enacting since 1976"/"I'm a Laurel and a Pelican in the SCA"/"I'm King of Whatever" ASK ME ANYTHING. And people did, and there were some interesting questions and just as interesting answers. Now I have not been re-enacting since 1976 (I [...]
I was really extraordinarily surprised when my last post (cough RANT cough) about the history of colored sheep, a topic that is normally considered to be esoteric beyond belief, conjured a lot of interest in a follow-up. So Jason, Ari, and Randall, wherever you are, this is for you. It's pretty common knowledge that a [...]
One thing I see a lot on various groups and pages where people ask for fabric recommendations is "don't use that, it's tweedy/an uneven grey/slightly inconsistent in color! They didn't use that in period!" And this isn't entirely wrong. If you are portraying someone of wealth, then you absolutely want a fabric with a smooth, [...]