Friday, March 16, 2018

Frowback Friday

So, when I'm not not working on 16th century Florentine nonsense, I do some scribal work. Have done for a while, really. So, in an effort to kind of show how far I've come, and put that work in one place, I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane...

So with no further ado, I give you: My very first original SCA award scroll.

It was a Potissimus Hippocampus for Master Grendal. Not only was it my first original, he is the premiere of the Order in the Barony of Stromgard. This is actually a photo of a color photocopy, so the resolution isn't stellar, but you get the idea.

Since I started there, here is a parade of other Celtic-style stuff I've produced, over time. It's one of my favorite styles, and I hope to do more of it. It's deceptively difficult to do really well, and it completely has my heart.

Celtic style charters and scrolls: a progression.

This was a Gryphon's Flame during the Principality reign of Albrecht I and Maraigha I, in Avacal. Kind of cartoonish and text-heavy, and the spacing isn't ideal, but...text heavy. It was an interesting time of transition between "shit we think looks neat" and "actually resembles a manuscript," here in our kingdom, and there were still some kinks to work out.

This is an Award of Arms from the same reign. I'm happier with it, stylistically, but it's still a bit big and bold and cartoony. Similar issues on line spacing, but texterrific, and my calligraphy was nice and big and remedial, at that point.

Also around that time was the last reign of Gunnar and Gabriell, who were totally old school, early SCA. I really loved how this one turned out (again, line spacing, but ::shrug:: I get better). It painted up beautifully and was - I was told by several people - a very satisfying paint. Much to my sadness, Their Then Majesties only wanted to use the 3" seal, and this one was designed for the signet, so it wasn't used much, if at all. Kind of heartbreaking, really.

This one, I like a LOT. It looks more righter, and while it was a little fiddly to paint, looked AMAZING all done up. I originally did the design for The Seagull King (He Who Shall Not Be Named), but I didn't finish it in time for their reign (alas), so repurposed it for Tiernan I and Miranda I, and I'm glad I did. Quite proud of this one, really, and the one below it.

This is the one of which I am most proud. It's a Lion of An Tir original scroll for BanIarla Daedin (gouache on pergamenata). The dimensions are fairly true to the size of the original - the Echternach Gospels, Lion symbol of St. Mark - and I got the spacing to finally look like it ought. Also, I feel like I got the nuance of the hand a lot better than previous attempts. I'd say it's my best work, to date.

Next time, we'll explore 101 ways to fake Viking-era illumination in service to our barbarian kings.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

Dear readers. Yes, both of you.

Life got a bit squirrelly, there, for a bit. I thought I was moving to England, and then the job I thought I had fell through, but I went to England for two months and got married anyway, and now I'm back, and my life is basically in boxes in storage, and things are kind of weird, and OMG I need wine.

But I've not forgotten you. Or my projects. I'll hopefully dig my SCA box out of my storage unit, today, and see what's the what in there. I know I have some unfinished things -- apron, chemise, embellished bycocket, knitted mitts -- that I can putter on until my life sorts itself out, and I'll tell you all about it as I do.

Good times, good times.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Things are afoot at the Circle K

First, I made an INCREDIBLY satisfying donation to my local Gold Key, last week, ostensibly as part of the general purging of The Penthouse in preparation for The Great Move, but also to rid myself of a few garments that just made me angry. Buy me a drink, sometime, and maybe I'll tell you about that, but the upshot is, I have some serious impetus to get my kit together, because - until the end of this post - I was down to...a dress and a half.

The blue dress still needs the inside waistband done, a hem, and the sleeves and closures sorted out. I may get to that before Crown, I may not. MORE IMPORTANTLY, however, I zoomed over to Beloved Peer's house, last Saturday, and had her help me cut out and construct most of a new coat. and by "help" I mean I contributed to the cutting and the ironing, but she did all of the constructing. It seemed well-balanced, and I helped her cut something out for herself, and there was wine, so not completely lopsided I guess.

But, coat. The one I've been wearing (which she also did most of the work on, back in the day) has really seen better days, and - frankly - wasn't all that protective against the elements. It's a gorgeous color, though, so there's that. Meanwhile, I've had an AMAZING piece of cashmere/wool blend fleece aging in my stash for probably fifteen years. Its time had finally come. Using some dark olive wool left from Etienne's fire sale a few years ago, and Margo Anderson's Comfort Gown and Mod Pack*, we did the needful, and put that bad boy together. The next day, still high from the progress, company, and maybe the wine, I carried on with the embellishment and finishing.

It went a little something like this:

Eleanora, of course, was the inspiration, sort of. I mean, if I need one.

SO! Constructed coat and lining, before their perfect marriage:

You guys. That fleece. IT'S SO FLUFFY.

And the trim. So glorious!

The trim: in situ. I might have squeed at this point. Yes. There was squeeing.

The trim: Applied. That shit's iron-on, yo. I'm not even kidding.

I put a bit on the collar, too, to give it a bit of heft when I want it fully buttoned, and some body when it's folded down. know...visual interest.

And then there was the bias binding. Miles and miles of bias binding...

So here's where it at the moment. I need to finish the bottom hem, and get the cuffs sorted out. I have some black frog closures coming my way, and that will finish it up.

It went together like a hot damn, really. I'm now feeling very confident that the super fancy brocade version that is on the list of Future Garments will go together just as easily. I'm also looking very forward to not freezing at events.

ETA: OMG! OMG! OMG! Like, two months ago, a friend wanted to order some stuff from a place and was looking for some others to help round out the order for free shipping, or something, so I got in on that. She dropped off my purchases, tonight (which - I'd totally forgotten what I'd ordered) and a bag of 50 of these bad boys was in it. They are PERFECT! Thanks, Past Me!!

*I get no kickback, but seriously...her patterns are great, and VERY well put together. Huge fan.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The war has come and gone, and I was not naked.

I managed, however, to cleverly not pack my yellow dress, but was happy to have remembered to throw in the burgundy dress at the last minute, or I certainly would have been.

The cunning plan for production sewing never really manifested, for all that I'm nearly to another complete dress, this time in light blue wool with yellow guarding:

I'm happy with how it's looking. I just need to finish the inside waist seam, hem it, then do the closures and sleeves.

In the mean time, this little ditty from the "Been Gonna Do" list went and got done did, today. I found - after an unnecessarily long search - some white wool challis, with the intention of making myself a kerchief to wear when it's chilly, but not cold.

The inspiration artwork is from these delightful ladies:

I didn't do process photos since I busted this out on my sewing machine because real blackwork wasn't something that was going to happen. But I am pleased with the result, as mechanical as it is. I may add to it, over time, I may not. But meanwhile, I will no longer look quite so disheveled when tucking this thing around my neck. My machine did not like sewing on this fabric, so the lovely patterned stitch that was supposed to happen...didn't. But it looks OK, so I'm-a run with it.

It's the accessories, you know, that really tie an outfit together...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Holy crap! There's a war in about a month. I need to step up production, because I can't just wear aprons.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Suddenly it's nearly May

So, here it is two weeks after Easter, and I realized that I never did get around to the Lenten recipes, this year. ::sadness:: One of these days...

In other news, though, I wore the mustard dress to our Baronial Banquet, and it was great! Only a couple of things to adjust, and I need to get the lacing rings on the sleeves, but otherwise, I'm very happy with it. The side-back lacing + front hook & eye closure is FUCKING GENIUS. Now I need to get a move on the blue wool, and bust out a coat. None of this will happen before Crown, because I'm off to London in a week, or so, and get back the day before.

I am optimistic that the Renaissance room at the V&A will be open, this time, so hopefully there will be interesting things to photograph. I'll see if I can find my *real* camera...

Sunday, March 26, 2017

We nearly have dress!

Being sick has its advantages. I've managed to hand-finish the long skirt seams, and the binding, and am nearly done with the guarding on the yellow Florentine dress:

One more side to do, and then it's hooks, eyes, lacing rings, and a hem. I should have it done to wear next weekend at Baronial Banquet.