My friend Lauren is up to no good again and has designed yet another pair of shoes! SHOES! Must have them! Oh wait sorry, I am getting ahead of myself. If you haven’t seen them here is a photo she provided:
The Devonshires are a leather 18th century shoe based on museum examples from the 1760s through 1780s. They’re made of top-grade dyable leather, with a beautiful, smooth Italian leather sole for dancing, and are hard-wearing, water- and mud-proof, for even the toughest of outdoor re-enactments.
Pre-Order the Devonshires through August 10, and get the special $100 price. We’re only making 200 of these shoes, so don’t miss the chance to own one of only a couple hundred pair on the planet! Visit American Duchess to order.
I own a pair of her silk Georgiana’s and they are beautiful and so far comfortable. The leather version probably will be even more so as they can “break in” nicely to the shape of your foot I imagine. Anyway, go check out her site if you are interested.
Last day of Dickens fair we had a special surprise for the Royal children. The Green Man Inn hid 4 bears that I decorated for the children & then then had a bear hunt with their papa. Continue reading Dickens Fair: Royal children’s bears
I picked up this new-to-me shawl that I thought fabulously clashed with Miss Estella’s dress. The beautiful cravat that didn’t sell coordinated so well I had to sacrifice it for her bonnet.
Continue reading Estella’s bonnet: new ribbon, added decoration, & new shawl
I made up a few cravats to sell but none of the men were interested. Continue reading Silk cravats: 2 ended up on hats!
Starting with the client’s wool hat form that did not fit, we’ve altered the back neckline & started the decoration.
I’m starting to get the hang of the tension to produce an even cord. I haven’t had time since vacation to play with it anymore but here are some of the cords I made:
Continue reading Lucet cording: first samples
Another linen coif in the same machine embroidery pattern but different orientation:
Yes I am in Hawaii this week! Yes I took a plane here. Yes I did have handwork with me that didn’t include sharp pointy metal objects that may or may not have intimidated the airline security people ( I never know when they will take away my tools).
Continue reading On the plane: lucet cording
Here are two paternosters (aka historical rosaries or prayer beads) I’ve made for use at Renaissance faire:
One is bone with coral marker beads decorated with gold and a terracotta tassel.
The other is coral with pearl makers beads and a black tassel.
*The two different batches of coral & the pearls were purchased in Maui, Hawai’i. I have doubts about the authenticity of the coral but I don’t know much about buying coral. The bone was purchased in northern california along with the gold colored bead ends.
Continue reading Paternosters: loop prayer beads w/ gauds
One of my friends made a set of popcorn creatures and secretly placed and photographed them when I was working on a corset at his house. I thought it was too cute not to share:
Every once in a while, I find I don’t have the correct costuming for an event in my mammoth closet (s) [hallways, garage, or extra racks around the house]. I had an evening where a bustle dress was preferred because larger Victorian hoops would not be accommodated by the dining room .Thus I borrowed a beautiful navy and white striped bustle dress from Ladykalessia. She packed up her gown along with a straw hat & bunches of silk flowers instructing me to make a hat and have it perch tipping forward on a head of big hair.
Here is the cute hat that came together from striped scraps from the gown, a piece of blue taffeta floating around my workroom and the flowers:
Continue reading Lil’ Hat
These are based on a simple Victorian chemise but done up in a green cotton velveteen & embellished with burgundy ribbons.
Amy and I will be wearing these Sunday evening at Dickens Christmas Fair – keep an eye out for Mistle and Toe :) I hear their workshop is busier than ever and the both LOVE sugar. She has a matching red velvet hat (also made by me).
Cute little pill box completed today. It is made from a deep burgundy silk that has been quilted and pearled. It is edged in gold with a gold & black lining. I added in a flower leftover from the clients partlet fabric just for a nice inside accent. Keep an eye out for the attifet and caul.