The Needles Excellency 5 Printable

Dagged edge lace?

Next in the series of The Needles Excellency, printed in 1631, are some dragged edge laces. These patterns are really pretty, and might make great edgings for hems of aprons, or some other low stress and low wear situation. Otherwise I would think they might be under too much stress with so few connections on the Read More…

The Needles Excellency 13 printable

More Needle Lace Patterns

These are also from The 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…

Needles excellency 12 Cleaned Up Printable

Next Lace Project

I’ve decided on my next lace project, its from The Needles Excellency, printed in 1631. I’ve cleaned up the original digitally and will be posting it below. This strip is repeatable, and I plan on putting it on a partlet. Or possibly a chemise. This piece is likely going to take a VERY long time Read More…

Measuring and patterning an Elizabethan coif

When I first started the Coif Project, I was pretty lost. I had done a lot of research, looking at extant coifs etc. But I was very unsure of how to measure and draw my pattern to get the result I wanted. What did I do? So I started with paper. I measured from the nape of 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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Elizabethan Coif – Part 2; Coral Stitch

Why green? Now I want to talk a bit about the stitching aspect of the coif I am working on. The extant piece has two colors of silk, and various stitching used early on as it seems the original artist decided what they liked and did not like. The original also was done in dark Read More…

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Elizabethan Coif – The Setup

I have an idea… Since Gulf Wars 25 (2016) I have been playing around with the idea in my head of starting an Elizabethan embroidered coif. I attended a class at Gulf Wars on Elizabethan braided Stitches, specifically gold work braid stitches. The teacher at this class had a great book by Jacqui Carey which Read More…

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5 months late is better than never, Gulf War ’16 photos

Here are my Gulf War 2016 photos in no particular order. The Beginning We are off! 8 hours driving (but with the trailer on a little Kia we can only go 50, so more like 14 hours) waiting to troll in, such a line! long lines make J. Sad At the event       Read More…