The Needles Excellency 13 printable

More Needle Lace Patterns

These are also from┬áThe Needles Excellency, printed in 1631. Interesting to note about these two in particular is the places you could attach to the square “structure” as you go if you want slightly more secure needle work. I’ve marked some of those places in RED for one copy of the image to point out Read More…

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Gulf Wars 26, How all the fun was had!

War of the Volunteer This Gulf Ward was a BLAST. We camped with a new group, in new Kodiak Canvas tents (which I cannot recommend enough, rock solid in wind and rain). It was cold which I like a lot being from more northern climates. Cold lets me get things done. Cold means I don’t Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 2

Previously I had finished all of the internal and external seams of the dress. This included flat felling and folding seam allowances over to finish the armscye, neck line and front closure. The plan: I plan on trimming this dress with grey wool trim cut on the bias for smooth curves. This style of trim Read More…

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Mauve wool Italian dress with grey wool trim, Diary part 1.

I enjoy wearing the Italian renaissance style dresses that have a slightly shorter waist. They look good on me, are comfortable and relatively easy to make with a small amount of fabric for a full figured woman like myself (3-4 yards). I also find when pressed I can get this dress style to a wearable Read More…