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…

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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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Candlemas in Bryn Gwlad and getting awarded.

What happened? Candlemas here in Austin is focused mostly on classes, fellowship, and feasting. Its our celebration event at the beginning of the year, with A&S and performing arts being featured locally. I taught my button making class this year and really enjoyed every aspect of the event. Oh, and I also was honored to 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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Chemises galore!

What do you do with 30 yards of handkerchief linen? MAKE ALL THE CHEMISES!!!! Some background. We bought a large lot of linen, 30 yards, from Grayline linens, all handkerchief weight, with the intent of making chemises and underthings for 3 people. By cutting all of the chemises together, we managed to save fabric from Read More…