A London Liripipe Hood

I’ve joined the ranks of many re-enactors who have decided to make a replica of a London Hood — complete with a silly “liripipe” tail! This project kept me busy with a number of different skills, so I might break this down into sections, with more detail in additional posts. Making a pattern based onContinue reading “A London Liripipe Hood”

Sewing skirts from scratch

A couple of years ago I started taking a series of Craftsy (hey what? now called “bluprint”!) classes to learn how to make my own sewing patterns, using flat pattern making methods. The first class I tried is called “Patternmaking Basics — the Skirt Sloper” and is taught by Suzy Furrer. I’ve finally managed toContinue reading “Sewing skirts from scratch”

Weaving is the Bee’s Knees! Well … Feet.

This year I acquired a book I’ve been wanting for a loooong time: Applesies and Fox Noses — Finnish Tabletwoven Bands, by Maikki Karisto and Mervi Pasanen. This book focuses on tablet woven bands from Iron Age Finland, with patterns from, and inspired by, extant bands from the period. It’s an amazing book for aContinue reading “Weaving is the Bee’s Knees! Well … Feet.”

“Joyburst” Baby Quilt

There’s something wonderful about making a baby quilt. Mostly I love this because I can take a creative idea and play about with it, without needing to design for an epic-sized project. And this one I made entirely from scrap! My inspiration for this quilt was this quilt by Karen Griska. I loved the riotousContinue reading ““Joyburst” Baby Quilt”

School Reader Bags

Will is now a couple of years into his schooling, and I have been increasingly frustrated by the plastic envelopes he is required to use for transferring items in his school bag. Our school sends notes home in one envelope, readers in another, plus there are two more envelopes for use at school. I hateContinue reading “School Reader Bags”

“Summer Trip” Baby Quilt

I have a brand new niece! This occasion calls for a brand new baby quilt, of course. This quilt is a scrappy Trip Around the World, which I’ve been pinning for *ever* on Pinterest. The backing is an old flannelette baby sheet of Evie’s that just matched so perfectly! Isn’t the texture delicious? The quilting consists of cheerfulContinue reading ““Summer Trip” Baby Quilt”

Rowany Festival Garb 2017

Have you wondered why it has gone quiet on the blog these last few weeks? I needed to get a *lot* of new garb made for Rowany Festival 2017! From top left we have: Three smaller child tunics (for Will, Evie, and Evie) and a teenager tunic (Izzy) Another teen tunic (Izzy) with a viking Kaftan;Continue reading “Rowany Festival Garb 2017”

T-tunic Seam Reviews

Hello all! I have a photo fiesta for you today, showing the various types of seam treatments I have used inside the humble SCA T-tunic. This is a basic medieval garment that is worn as underwear or layered for warmth. The T-tunic is made up of various rectangles and triangles that fit together in complicated ways.Continue reading “T-tunic Seam Reviews”