Posts Tagged ‘how-to’

Ribbon flowers – it’s THAT easy!

July 30, 2009

Hehe, yeah – right now I’m kinda trying to work up energy to post pictures of my progress and stuff.
   I’ve been trying to figure out how to make nice fabric flowers and it just hit me that I could just google tutorials, hehe ;P Yeah, I am that slow sometimes! XD
   So I found at least two super great tutorials on making two different kinds of ribbon roses. The first one looks like the easiest to me:

The second one is great too though:

And the best thing with this second one is that I found tons of more tutorials from the same user – Di van Niekerk, on making ribbon embroidery and stuff! =D
   Now all I have to do is find some hand painted silk ribbon, or make it myself… *SIGH*

A little old experiments…

June 17, 2009

Some time ago I experimented with some tutorials I found among Kristina’s stuff, I just remembered that I forgot to blog it! XD
   Here’s some Hedebo lace I tried on (the only kind of lace I have ever done) in flax/linen thread… Oh yeah – do not ask me what it is cuz I’ve found extremely little facts about it! – I have a tutorial in Swedish though if someone is interested – don’t worry about the language cuz there’s very good illustrations. =)


I’m thinking I might use it as trim on my flounces or something. =)

And here’s some white embroidery I tried on with a too thick thread and in a very wrong color… XD


Pouf power!

April 29, 2009

Some time ago Vivien put up an excellent “Georgian Pouf” tutorial at Fancy Girl. In it we can learn how to make our very own super cute curly pouf to match our super cute 18th century outfits. When it’s done you just secure it on your head and style your own hair around it! It looks great! And it sounds reeeeeally easy with easy-to-find-materials! So some day I might make my own pouf! =D


Fly fringe tutorial up on Fancy Girl!

February 17, 2009

I know many of you – like me – have been waiting for Vivcore‘s promised tutorial for the very 18th-century-popular fly fringe! Today it is up on Fancy Girl!!! *Dance ’til I faint*

Fly Fringe

Maple leaf rose

February 13, 2009

I’ve been pondering wheter or not to use modern fake flowers or not for decoration of hair and hat. The flowers I put on the hat has a plastic base and the fabric in the flowers is probably synthetic too, they look nice – but not very natural, hehe ^^;
   Today I got myself StumbleUpon and after just two clicks I found something useful! It hit me that I could use what I found as a very natural way of having something more natural as decoration for my little project (real flowers doesn’t look good a whole day and are expensive during winter time, hehe ;P). Have a look at this tutorial on how to make roses from maple leaves!

Maple leaf roses

Eyelets with awl – genious!

January 12, 2009

Since I started making my stays I have been pondering what the best technique for making the eyelets would be. I have never done eyelets without those metal thingies. Now, I know not to stance holes in the fabric but rather pull apart the threads to make a hole in the weave. But then what? Wouldn’t it be hard to make the hole evenly round?
   A couple of days ago I found the Diary of a Mantua Maker! Here Nicole Rudolph, author of the blog, mentions that the best tool to have around when making eyelets is an awl! Why didn’t I think of that – that’s brilliant! She says:

An awl just pushes the threads out of the way and prevents it from fraying later. By doing this you can use as many stitches as you like.  I’ve seen extants with only four stitches holding an eyelet open.  I prefer enough to cover the inner edge.

As my other half Robbie is a very handy man I know there ought to be an awl lying around somewhere! ;D

An awl 

An awl

Just a quickie…

January 3, 2009

Just a quickie on embroidery.
   I don’t have a lot of books on handicraft, so the net has been a huge source for information on how to do stuff, hehe ^^; Have a look at this great work, it has been of great usefulness to me (even if it’s ancient!):


Click image!

How to style your own wig!

January 3, 2009

I never bought that wig I was talking about. Instead I was thinking of styling my own wig, I had some ideas of how to go about, but while browsing that Démodé site I found a little tutorial for it! Follow link ->


Don’t forget the shoes!

January 2, 2009

Gosh, I don’t have anything that could serve as 18th century shoes! I’ve been looking at second hand, but nothing looks good! =/
   At least now I know how to make something that could look good – if I found something with the right Louis looking heel. I found this great blog where Loren teach us how to make modern day shoes look 18th century! Check it out!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

18th c looking shoe

Tea dyed bias tape

December 22, 2008

I’ve had a hard time finding bias tape in the size I want at the bigger sewing material stores in town, they only have like one size and it’s too wide for the stays I’m making. I was going to have a look at the net when my mother-in-law (well, not in-law, but my bf’s mother, hehe ^^) and I went through her drawers of sewing stuff and old projects just for fun. And there we found two packs of white bias tape of the size I wanted. She said that she probably never was going to use it so I could have them! Yaay! <D
   The thing is – it was like glowing snow white and that definetley would not look good to my stays, hehe ;P So I went on trying something I’ve never tried before – dying with tea! I had heard of it before, so I looked it up on the net. I found this site (which doesn’t seem to work right now *grrrr*) Dawn’s Pages – Tea Dying. So that is the “recipe” I used and the picture below is the result (with the stays underneath). =D I’m very pleased with the result!

Tea dyed bias tape

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