Archive for March, 2009

and then…

March 17, 2009

and then I picked up some kind of tummy flu… For the first time in like 15 years I offered the contents of my poor tummy to the white porcelain god (thought I would die!).
   I’m up on my feet now though and will first of all read and anwser comments. Plus read all new blog posts in my followed feeds of course, I hated not being able to keep up!

Flounces embroidery patterns

March 3, 2009

Through Google and then through Jane Austen Today I found some pretty simple but beautiful authentic 18th century embroidery pattern designs for white embroidery on Victoria and Albert Museum. At first I thought I wanted to make a pattern of my own for the flounces, but I wanted to look up some time typical designs to get the right look and that’s when I found these. Why not use them? I don’t have to do everything myself from scratch!


The story of the patterns is well worth reading, but I’m not going to go into that here and now – do go read about it (and find more patterns) here.

Cuffs on my mind

March 2, 2009

Who was I trying to fool? How did I ever come to the conclusion that there probably wouldn’t be much blogging for a couple of weeks?
   I had some errands downtown today and thought I might aswell go to the neelde crafts shop and see if they had some stuff I needed. First off I had to buy a new embroidery frame/embroidery hoop(?). But I was also on the hunt for a really thin white cotton fabric…
   See I have been thinking about cuffs/engageantes (difference?), the white cuffs that go under those attached to the sleeves. I’ve seen a lot of cuffs in pretty straight forward laces. But I’ve also seen them in thin cotton fabric with white embroidery (whitework embroidery). I don’t know why, I’ve just allways thought those net-ish laces felt a bit hard and sharp on they eye, the cotton embroided ones feel softer some how, hehe. ^^; And since I don’t know and don’t want to bother learning how to make pillow lace and tatting and such, and since I’m cheap – I would have to go buy some mass produced lace that doesn’t look very good. Instead I said to myself: why not stick to something I know something about – like embroidery?
   So anywhoo, I’m guessing some of you are wondering what I’m thinking, so here’s an example of what I have in mind:


These are a pair of engageantes from LACMA, silk embroidery on cotton. LACMA has some great examples of these kinds of engageantes btw.
   The shop where I bought the frame didn’t have what I wanted though so I went to my usual “secret” strawberry spot – Myrorna; a big Swedish chain of second hand stores where the profit goes to people in need. I had a look at the corner with curtains, table cloths and sheats and stuff, but found nothing. Then I came to think of blouses, the spring/cummer “collection” was up and there was a lot of thin clothing. I found exactly what I wanted in the “big sizes seciton”!!! A tunic of a really thin cotton fabric, plus it was really big, hehe. ;P So yeah, that’s what I’ll be using for the engageantes (or what ever they’re called). =D

Going on…

March 1, 2009

So in case you’re wondering…
   I’ve been away from home for a week = low activity. And there might be low activity for about 2 weeks forward since I have an exam in pedagogy. I’ve also had a health issue that might have been contributed to making me tired and since I’ve been a bit tired I want to focus all my strength on studies. I have not run out of things to blog though… Here’s a to-do-list:

  • Anwser comments!
  • Put up photos of me in new wig
  • Put up photos of some lace things I’ve been trying out
  • Trow around some thoughts on cuffs

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