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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Hopefully some of you remember the Avoiding Heatstroke Dress from a while back, which was intentionally designed and built to keep one (1) tiny human who is bad at homeostasis from developing heatstroke at events in the 95-105 ºF range. It was....moderately successful, I survived June Crown 2018 but Purgatorio 2019 killed me. It [...]
Drachenwald Crown Tourney has come and gone, actually more than a week ago? I did kind of massively overdo things that weekend and spent most of the week recovering. But! I went! I did finish my fitted gown in time, thank god, because it was chilly. Going up the spiral staircase to the dormitories in [...]
You ever start out doing something that's supposed to be simple and you end up in waaaaay over your head? Yeah. Welcome to my last couple days. I have 2 yards of a lovely changeable apricot/olive green silk that I bought at Discount Fabrics before I moved-- technically it's a shantung/dupioni silk with slubs, but [...]
It occurred to me a while back that, since I'm making a blackworked coif....it might be a good idea to have clothes to wear with it? Possibly? I am 100% trash for people doing gentry/merchant/yeoman class clothing well, as so many people seem to aim straight for the nobility without realizing the time and money [...]